Derry City & Strabane - Culture News December 2020




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Culture News December 2020

Policy guide to a resilient creative sector

Since UNESCO launched the ResiliArt movement, a series of open-format virtual debates, on 15 April 2020, over 1,000 artists and cultural professionals from around the world have shared their stories and offered recommendations on how we can emerge from the COVID-19 crisis stronger and more united. It offers practical guidance to fight for the inclusion of arts and cultural industries in social and economic recovery plans. With measures to inspire and represent us for the future years to come.


Open Call for Artists

Deadline for applications 4pm on  Friday 11th December

The Playhouse are looking to recruit a bank of artists of all disciplines, for their Street Talk Youth Arts Project. Using arts to support Open College Network courses in Crime Justice and Citizenship, with vulnerable young people across Derry, Strabane, Limavady and the Greater Belfast areas. For more information check the link

Future of Festivals and Events in DCSDC Workshop


Tuesday 15th December 2020 @ 3pm.

Following the conversation with our colleagues from the Galway 2020 programming team our discussions regarding festival programming in 2021 continue. We will be hosting a workshop with our cultural partners on  To join the Future of Festivals and Events in DCSDC Workshop please register by email to


Workshop please register by email to

Black North Productions

Snowflake Generation

This is the  fourth short film in Black North Productions’ “Social Short Series.” This film highlights the stark realities of mental illness and the marked lack of help available to people who struggle to make sense of life. Local GPs are neither trained for, or often incapable of, delivering the life-saving treatments.  Too often, young people’s cries for help go unheard or the system fails to address the real issues. In this film Dr Caroline O’Connor offers some valuable advice in the film, but often the outcome is tragic deaths. It’s time for change, but is anything really going to change ?





Christmas Events

Derry City & Strabane’s Christmas programming commenced with the Christmas lights switch on in Strabane and Derry  back in November. Highlight from these events and a special message from Santa for the children is online now for folks to watch. With the new lockdown we aim to run activities  on  the weekend running up to Christmas.

Programming is focused on creating the space for shared inclusive celebration .The Christmas marketing campaign will focus on a ‘shop local’ and ‘come shop in Derry & Strabane’ messaging themes in order to promote a culturally rich Christmas experience with local and national retail providers.

Check out the Christmas Programming for Derry & Strabane in a Virtual capacity. Check the link for updates.


Arts and Business

Young Professionals

Class of 2020

In a year that has been unprecedented in every way, we were blown away by the high calibre of applicants who applied to be part of our Young Professionals Class of 2020.

 Young Professionals on Arts Boards is one of Arts & Business NI's longest running and most successful programmes. The scheme unearths the best up-and-coming professional talent in Northern Ireland, spanning a range of disciplines including finance, HR, marketing and more. Following a rigorous application and interview process, reinforced by comprehensive governance training, A&BNI places individuals on the boards of leading local arts charities.

Further information via the   link.


National Teaching Award

St Cecilia’s College Derry

St Cecilia's College, Derry has scooped Secondary School of the Year for 2020 in the National Teaching Awards live on BBC's The One Show.

School principal Martine Mulhern said "The entire school community of St Cecilia’s College is so proud to be acknowledged in this way.


Life Worth Living - The Report of the Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce Ireland

The Taskforce makes a number of recommendations, for Ireland’s arts and culture sector’s survival until it fully opens up again. This includes how it can retain the artists and the wider creative, technical, production and support workforce, with their skills and talent, so that there are still arts, culture and entertainment events for Irish audiences and foreign visitors to enjoy in better times.


The report includes recommendations on policy and planning, income, taxation and financial provision, education and training, technology supports; mental health, social protection, community development, social inclusion as well as around copyright.

You can read the report in full here:

Mayor’s Tribute to Felim Egan

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Brian Tierney has paid tribute  to internationally acclaimed Strabane born painter, Felim Egan who died on the 19th of November 2020.


“As Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, I’d like to acknowledge the passing of Felim Egan. Felim was one of Ireland’s most respected abstract painters, representing Ireland in several international Biennale, he exhibited all over the world and his work hangs in numerous international collections. We were very fortunate and proud to have Felim as the very first exhibitor in The Alley Gallery  at The Alley Theatre, Strabane in 2007. I would like to extend sincere condolences to Felim’s family and friends.”