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Countdown is on to fabulous new festival experience for Derry

31 January 2022
The countdown is on to Illuminate, a fantastic festival first for Derry, with two weekends of live installations, performance and music set to light up the Walled City 17th -20th and 24th – 27th February.
Funded by Tourism Northern Ireland as part of its Embrace A Giant Spirit campaign, and led by Derry City and Strabane District Council, Iluminate will bring Derry's city centre to life with a series of enthralling outdoor experiences set to transform some of the city's most iconic sites. The festival will capture some of the most dramatic moments in Derry's history through digital animation, projection and live performance, complemented by a series of intimate live music gigs featuring some of the very best musicians.
Among the exciting music acts confirmed to perform as part of the festival are Kila, Neil Cowley, the Henry Girls and Aoife Scott. They will be joined some of our finest local performers including Glenn Rossborough, Roe and John Deery and the The Heads, Comrade Hat, Clodagh May Music, Kate O'Callaghan, Ciaran Lavery, Maria Kelly and Basork for what promises to be a fabulous musical showcase.
The artists will perform in intimate settings such as the Guildhall, St Augustine's Church, Echo Echo studio and the Contemporary Centre of Arts as part of a live illumination trail experience taking place over eight evenings.
Looking ahead to the event, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, said it would be a thrilling experience. "It's fantastic to begin 2022 with such an amazing event to look forward to, the first in a whole series of festival experiences set to revitalise the City and District throughout the year.
"Illuminate is particularly apt as the theme of light and illumination is a positive message for us all as we emerge from such a difficult and prolonged period of darkness and isolation. It's a first for the City and much thought has gone into creating an event that celebrates our story and captures our sense of place, delivered safely in an outdoor setting.
"As we approach the 10th anniversary of the City of Culture year it's also the perfect platform for our fantastic local talent to once again take to the stage and remind everyone why we are known as the City of Song. I am really looking forward to what will be such a unique experience and I would encourage everyone to check out the fantastic array of talent taking part."
Details of the gigs included in the programme are as follows – Thursday 17 February, Comrade Hat and Clodagh May Music from 730pm-9pm at CCA; Friday 18th February, Glenn Rossborough and Kate O'Callaghan, from 730-9pm at St Augustine's; Saturday 19 February, The Henry Girls (Boswell) and Aoife Scott, from 9-11.30pm at the Guildhall; Thursday 24 February, Roe and John Deery The Heads from 730-9pm at the Echo Echo studios; Saturday 26th February, Neil Cowley, Ciaran Lavery and Maria Kelly from 9-11.30pm at the Guildhall and on Sunday 27 February, Kila and Basork from 9-11.30pm at the Guildhall.
More information on the full programme are available at www.illuminatederry.com  Tickets for the intimate music experiences are currently on sale and are expected to sell out fast as numbers are restricted – for more details on the gigs and how to book tickets visit –www.musiccapital.org