Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan TD have celebrated the arrival of Other Voices to Derry for the City of Culture.
Other Voices is an annual music event in Dingle, Co Kerry, showcasing established and emerging voices in contemporary music. 2013 will see the influential music gig arrive in the City of Culture before travelling to East London.
Derry’s rising star Soak will perform in all three venues.
Speaking before the start of the musical events in Derry’s Glassworks Minister Ní Chuilín said: “Over the past 10 years, Other Voices has become a highlight in Ireland’s cultural calendar and is a perfect event for City of Culture. It has the ethos of a cultural celebration in a corner of Ireland. It mixes renowned and emerging acts. There is a real sense of community, both artistic and local.”
Minister Deenihan added: “Much as Irish music has echoed across the world, so Other Voices has taken intimate concerts to a massive audience. Initially these shows were broadcast across Ireland by RTÉ, and now through the internet to a worldwide audience.
“Thanks to digital technology, people will be able to watch Other Voices in a variety of locations throughout the City including cafes, bars and restaurants. They will join a worldwide audience who access the music via the web. This will present the city, its artists and local voices on a global scale.”
Minister Ní Chuilín said: “Music, art and heritage are strategic assets for our island because of their appeal. The sounds from here are now global currency. Our artists have helped shape the path of modern music - turn on the radio and you don’t have to listen hard to hear the Irish influence.”
Minister Deenihan said: “Other Voices’ highlights the benefit of north/south collaboration and a joined-up approach to nurturing and promoting the abundant creative strengths of our shared island. Through music we are able to explore the relationships, identities and different cultures that exist here on this island. ‘Other Voices’ has become a fixed part of the cultural calendar. It is an important event that goes from strength to strength, and I’m very pleased to have been able to support it once again this year.”
Minister Ní Chuilín said: “In April, Other Voices will travel to the heart of East London to complete the musical collaborations. Support from my Department and the Culture Company will help this ‘tri-experience’ showcase Ireland’s musical influence and the City of Culture both near and far. With ‘Other Voices’ the eyes, and the ears, of the world will be focused on Derry in 2013.”