This year Derry will once again join a number of European cities to play host to an array of late night cultural activities on Culture Night next Friday.
Returning this year is the highly anticipated Catwalk in Craft Village, a fashion show now a staple in the programme due to its immense success last year, combining Culture and Couture in the surroundings of the quaint Craft Village.
Late night opening in the nearby Bedlam Vintage and Antique market will provide customers with the means to browse through the specialist clothes, jewellery, art and books all to the sound of music and performances from their inner courtyard.
If it’s local tradition you fancy then the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall will be showcasing the Siege Heroes Museum and Culturlann Uí Chanáin will host an evening of traditional song dance and food with info. on Irish events.
No festival would be complete without a live music stage in Guildhall Square. Local upcoming heroes The Clameens and The Wood Burning Savages will open the proceedings, followed with a performance by Sollus and headlined by Eastern European melody makers Balkan Alien Sound.
There’s plenty of scope for performing too. The Nerve Centre’s full evening programme includes Music Promise Opening night. Their Resonate Pop Up Studio is taking bookings for live recordings via Audibooth on the evening. Next door’s Café Nervosa will become a stage with open mic and features performances from local singer songwriters.
The City’s rich history is explored in a number of exhibitions, tours and trails in historical sites and venues. The First Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine’s, Long Tower and St Columb’s Cathedral are amongst those hosting events exploring emigration and local history through talks, trials, tours, discussion and music.
All this plus the Big Tickle Comedy Festival, Evening Speciality Markets, Indian Arts and Crafts!