Festivals and Events
Council Events – As restrictions remain in place around large gatherings, Council has reviewed forthcoming events for the spring summer season. The St Patrick's Day Carnival programme did not go ahead in its usual format however an artist led arts programme "Imagine That… " was rolled out through the North West Carnival Initiative that included online content, including tutorials and webinars and a range of neighbourhood focussed activity that was complemented by static animation and city centre located creative installations and pop up displays. A series of Inside Out animation and digital programmes will continue to be implemented over the spring and summer months, that will accommodate COVID restrictions but take into account the economic needs of the business community and the enjoyment and well-being of the wider public. The Inside Out Visual Arts Programme is currently being rolled out to create a multi-dimensional and vibrant programme of activity across the Council and include an opportunity for visual artists and cultural organisations to create exhibitions, displays, installations and exhibitions that can be experienced and enjoyed outside, whilst adhering to COVID regulations. An Inside Out Street Animation and Music Programme will see music and animation performances on the streets of Derry and Strabane for a series of afternoons and evenings during the spring and summer months to enhance the experience for those visiting shops, restaurants and bars. For more info visit –https://www.derrystrabane.com/insideout
North West Angling Fair - As a result of the ongoing pandemic the Council has revised its festival and events delivery plans for the spring and summer of 2021 and agreed not to proceed this year with the North West Angling Fair.
Waterside Half Marathon – Strabane Lifford Half Marathon - As a result of the ongoing pandemic the Council has revised its festival and events delivery plans for the spring and summer of 2021 and agreed not to proceed this year with the 2021 Waterside and Strabane Lifford Half Marathons.
Summer Jamm – As a result of the ongoing pandemic the Council has revised its festival and events delivery plans for the spring and summer of 2021 and while the Summer Jamm is not likely to be able to proceed in its usual format, Council is hopeful that it will be in a position to initiate its Inside Out animation programme and bring some level of activity animation and entertainment to Strabane during this time.
Halloween 2021 - Council is current looking tentatively at drafting a programming plan for the 2021 Halloween celebrations in Derry and Strabane. Discussions have commenced with funders and delivery partners with regard to what format it could take and how it can be adapted should large scale events and crowds still not be permitted. Council will continue to monitor the situation and will bring an updated report before elected members for consideration in the near future.
Clipper and FMF - It has been confirmed that the Clipper Round the World Race 2019-20 that was cancelled as a result of the pandemic will recommence in February 2022 with a planned stopover in Derry~Londonderry over the summer of 2022. The city will act as a host port for a period during July and August to coincide with our Foyle Maritime Festival.
More information on the festival programme, the dates and the activities will be made available later in the year.
It's important to note that this event is subject to what Covid-19 restrictions may be in place at that time and mitigation measures to host the event with social distancing in mind are being included in the event plan. Keep an eye out on our What's On page for any updates.