Countdown to Earhart Festival 2012

Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart

An iconic billboard depicting the pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart will go on display in Galliagh on Thursday, May 10, sending out a clear visual message that the annual Earhart Festival is getting under way.

The billboard, at the Festival’s traditional display point at Bloomfield, Galliagh, will form the backdrop for the launch of the five day programme of diverse events old and new. The programme will be launched by the Mayor, Alderman Maurice Devenney, at 10am. It will inevitably follow tradition by gathering an enthusiastic crowd.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the pioneering aviator’s unscheduled landing at Ballyarnett- on May 21, 1932. So after careful consideration, the organisers opted to move the event from August to May, to coincide with this special anniversary of actual day in 1932 when Amelia Earhart entered history by becoming te first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

The Director Oliver Green says 2012 is a major milestone for the Festival.

“Derry City Council have officially designated May 21 as Amelia Earhart Day,” he says, “which is a timely recognition of the lasting connection between the Earhart story and the history of our community.”

“2012 introduces what we intend to become annual events that project the Festival on an international scale,” Mr Green adds.

“These include the inaugural Earhart lecture, which will be delivered by Anita Robinson; the première of a new piece of theatre commissioned from award winning playwrights Carl Campbell and Jim McClenaghan, directed by the prestigious Dr Matt Jennings and featuring Derry’s latest rising star Amanda Doherty in the title role; and the first ever Amelia Earhart Medal of Achievement Awards, to recognise the unique and outstanding of our locals schoolchildren,” he concludes.

Copies of the Festival Programme will be available at the launch.

For further information contact Donna at the Festival Office at 65, Galliagh Park, Derry, email: or telephone: 71. 357443.