Derry City & Strabane - Culture News August 2020




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Culture News August 2020


 Irish Musical Theatre Orchestra 

IMTO presents The Overture from Mack & Mabel Irish Musical Theatre Orchestra are a group of musicians and singers who love to play and perform musical theatre. During lockdown that hasn't been possible, so we've decided to get creative!

Their most recent production is harking back to a bygone era of the silent movies- so click in and enjoy their latest treat!

Lights, Camera, Action! Enjoy this trip back to the rich sounds of classic cinema and silent films!

Composers Collective of Northern Ireland

This group is aiming to bring Northern Irish Composers together in all their art forms. They are looking for people with an interest in composition and music willing to share opportunities, post about events and showcase work. Checkout this group via the link.

Riverine Environmental Heritage Walks In the midst of the Sperrins, groups have undertaken short local heritage based studies. Guided walks along river paths offer background to centuries of manufacturing driven by the power of the River Dennett. Each month a different path with discussions to cover the natural heritage that links the various waterways to the River Mourne on its way to the Foyle. This Riverine Environmental project is one three heritage programmes

This project is funded by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, (SEUPB). Dept for Communities in N. Ireland and the Dept of Rural & Com. Dev. in Ireland. For further information email- Riverine Environmental Officer For details on this walk contact

BBC Arts NI presents: Splendid Isolation

BBC Arts and The Lyric Theatre, with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, join forces to create short isolation dramas with some of Northern Ireland’s biggest names. The five-minute theatrical pieces have been created by top flight actors, directors and writers and are shot in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Co-produced by BBC Northern Ireland & Lyric Theatre Belfast and supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland & BBC Arts. Watch ‘Splendid Isolation’ on BBC iPlayer

You’re late! You’re late! For a very important date!

Dive down the rabbit hole this summer with the critically acclaimed creatives who’ve managed to keep theatre alive during lockdown. Join this rollercoaster ride of storytelling at its finest, led by award-winning writer and director Zoe Seaton, from Big Telly with a new take on Alice in Wonderland. An innovative new partnership with Big Telly from Northern Ireland and Charisma A.I. www.creation's-on/alice/

New Gate Fringe Festival

See examples from the July Fringe Festival online including this short film by Jonathan Burgess that looks at the impact on artists at this time.

Age Friendly-Positive Ageing Month – October 2020 – Call for Action

Following the success of last year’s Positive Ageing Campaign,DCSDC & lead partners, WH&SCT, AFC & PHA are running the Positive Ageing 2020 campaign.The International Day of Older Persons, which is held annually on 1st October, will kick-start this year’s month-long campaign of events and activities. To have your event included, as the deadlines are immediate, please contact:

Culture Night Ireland Festival - Call for Programming

Culture Night Ireland Festival will take place on 18th September 2020.

DCSDC invite the submission of event details for inclusion in this year’s programme which will explore the theme “Sense of Place”. To submit details or chat about programming ideas please contact Jean or Sharon or use this link:

 or to submit your event for inclusion in the collaborative programme please use this link: www.derrystrabane/culturenight/submit-event

Derry Hallowe'en 2020 will be a year like no other…

With the disruptions of Covid – 19, this year’s festival will be a little different but we are confident that together we can deliver an exceptional Hallowe'en experience that will celebrate our spirit, wit and cultural heritage and maintain our crown as the Best Halloween Destination in the World.

Everyone can get involved in some way, through programming activities, dressing windows and shop fronts, hosting themed experiences and bringing the true Derry Halloween experience to life.

Let us know what you are planning for Derry Hallowe’en 2020 (events, activities, offers) and we can include these in our upcoming promotional campaign including website and social channels.

A full brand toolkit will be made available and circulated to key stakeholders.

Submit your event at 

NW Culture Exchange - Recordings available

NW Culture Exchange first annual symposium looked at programming, delivery and evaluation across the arts, culture and heritage sector in the North West of Ireland.

In responding to current events we focus on two key strands: Audiences & Industry with guest speakers. recording of these 4 presentations are available 1.10 Things about North West Audiences

2.Future Trends in Tourism

3.The Future of Events

  1. After the Interval: Act

See link:

Féile 2020 

Throughout Gasyard Wall Féile 2020 the community will celebrate the great resilience spirit of Creggan, the Bogside, Brandywell, Bishop Street and the Fountain neighbourhoods. Events online will explore a slice of 100 year old history and highlight current community events and characters through photographic portraiture. The event will offer workshops and a great lineup of entertainment to keep spirits high!


Void Derry: sur— [infinite Slippage: production of the r ~e ~a ~l as an intensive magnitude starting at zero-eight] —plus | Ima-Abasi Okon – to 22 Aug

Void Gallery are welcoming visitors back to the gallery. Void’s exhibition by Ima-Abasi Okon – sur— [infinite Slippage: production of the r ~e ~a ~l as an intensive magnitude starting at zero-eight] —plus – will be extended until Saturday 22nd August.

London and Amsterdam based artist Ima-Abasi Okon works with sculpture, sound and video to produce installations that explore exhibition-making as an exercise in syntax, adopting linguistic and grammatical structures ,complicating the construction of knowledge. The commission is in partnership with the Chisenhale Gallery

Visit the website for information and to plan your visit

Foyle Pride Awards

Foyle Pride have opened nominations for this year’s Foyle Pride Awards, designed to recognise people who make a difference within our communities. Details on award categories are available on Foyle Pride’s facebook page. Please send your nomination to highlighting Awards in your subject line. You can nominate as many people as you want. Closing date for nominations is the 14th of August.

Foyle Pride Festival

Foyle Pride regrets that this year's physical parade and week of events will not take place as planned. However, a full, diverse, fun, challenging and exploratory programme of online events will take place marking 27 years of Foyle Pride and the 10th anniversary of the official Foyle Pride parade.

For full details of events, including how you can get involved please visit Foyle Pride Festival website and social media pages.

Creative Storytelling for 5-12 year olds with Bluebell Arts Project

Bluebell Arts Project’s Creative Story Telling with Frank Rafferty ( for 5-12 year olds) videos are now available on their Youtube page. The series of videos posted each Wednesday at 2pm until the 19th of August will take you through how to plan, develop and tell your story, exploring Place, Plot, Endings, Bringing it All Together and Telling Your Story

Frank will be in the Bluebell Arts Facebook Groupin the Create A Story Room - each Thursday at 11am for you to chat about your stories and ask questions. Stories can be entered into a competition for prizes!

Outdoor Arts UK publish support resources

To kick start outdoor work again, support members of the outdoor sector and support those working outdoors for the first time - we have created two useful resources:

*OutdoorArtsUK Professionals & Consultants Directory*

A directory of Outdoor Arts Professionals & Consultants, useful to the wider cultural sector in advising, consulting and advocating for outdoor work.A venue, organisation, company or artist new to outdoor performance or interested in finding out more about how to work outside, these could be the knowledgeable and helpful voices you are looking for.

To sign up to or view the directory:

*Outdoor Arts Shows Directory*

 The return to outdoor performance, the OAUK Shows Directory is a list of outdoor performances which are ready to book now and which consider themselves friendly to performing in the current climate, taking into account social distancing and safety measure for both artists and audiences.

To sign up to or view the shows directory:

Foyle Film Festival's Light in Motion deadline has been extended.

Submit your short film now for consideration in the Oscar® and BAFTA accredited competition.

The 2020 Foyle Film Festival 33rd year running 20th to 29th November Derry- Londonderry, delivers a year round programme of feature films, workshops, short films, competition screenings, outreach and special events.

This international festival with Oscar® affiliation, BAFTA and BIFA recognition,offers artists, filmmakers, animators a unique platform to screen their films and network.

The prestigious Light In Motion (LIM) competition, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, is open to filmmakers and animators across the world and submission deadlines:

Late Deadline: Friday 21st August 2020

Extended Deadline: Friday 4th September 2020

For more information, visit the Foyle Film Festival website .