Derry City & Strabane - Culture News January 2021




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Culture News January 2021

Brexit Actions

Northern Ireland will be subject to a specific set of rules once the Brexit transition period ends on 1 January 2021. Craft NI has collated the following resources to help.

 1. Check personal and business circumstances:

2.Trader Support Service is the government organisation set up to help:

3.Current regulations require an EORI number to move goods between the UK and non-EU countries

For further info:


St Colmcille

Colmcille 1500 is a year-long commemoration marking the 1500thanniversary of St Colmcille’s birth. Derry City & Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council, with support from the North West Development Fund, are co-ordinating a programme for the year.  Further details at:


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 Derry City & Strabane - Derry City & Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council welcome the launch of the Colmcill (


European Prize for Applied Arts 2021


Closing  29th January 2021


Launched in 2009, in partnership with the City of Mons, WCC-Europe and supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the European Prize for Applied Arts rewards contemporary works of applied arts and handcrafted design. A 5th edition which will celebrate the 40 years of the association.

This competition is for all artists working in the field of applied arts and artisanal design and residing in a European country (including non-EU members).

Call out to Artists



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Derry City and Strabane District Council in creating a multi dimensional and vibrant programme for its ”Inside Out” street animation programme is offering a small dedicated funding opportunity for visual artists/cultural organisations to create exhibitions, displays, installations and experiences that can be delivered/experienced outside. For full details  please email:

What’s on in the Arts

As more and more artists and arts organisations from Northern Ireland go digital to connect with audiences at home, the Arts Council has rounded up just some of these fantastic cultural things to do online, all supported by exchequer and National Lottery funding. Further information on all the funded organisations is available via the link.including Strabane Brass band, Stage Beyond ,CCA and Void

Arts and Business

 Investment programme

Deadline 11th February 2021

Through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland funded Investment Programme, Arts & Business NI invests in mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts.They aim to increase private sector investment into the arts by supporting arts organisations in developing sustainable relationships with business.Check out eligibility criteria,etc in the Investment Programme Guidelines

ACNetwork - 2nd Big Gathering

The Arts Collaboration Network (ACN) will host the next Big Gathering on 21 January 2021.  The Big Gathering aims to bring individuals and organisations from across the Arts and Cultural sector together to share updates and discuss the current and future state of play for the sector.

In January 2020, ACN  also aim to publish an update of the key sector asks communicated in 2020.

ACN is an informal network of the main sector support organisations and a number of creative hubs across Northern Ireland.  The people involved are Margaret Henry, thrive audience development, Niamh Flanagan, Theatre and Dance NI, Mary Nagele, Arts & Business NI, Rob Hilken & Noel Kelly, Visual Artists Ireland, Kevin Murphy, Voluntary Arts Ireland, Katherine McDonald, Craft NI, Charlotte Dryden, Oh Yeah Centre/NI Music Group, Sara Jones, Creative & Cultural Skills, Peter Richards, Golden Thread Gallery/Chair Belfast Visual Arts Forum, Sophie Hayles, Crescent Arts Centre, Cath McBride In Your Space Circus / Chair: DCSDC Arts & Cultural Strategy, Co-Delivery Group, Anne McReynolds and Maeve Hawkins, The MAC, Damien Coyle, University of Atypical and Jenna Hall, Belfast Community Circus School/Co-Chair Belfast Festivals Forum.



Belfast City Council, Making Places Together - webinars available to view

Belfast City Council teamed up with Voluntary Arts Ireland in September and October 2020, to host a series of virtual conversations to explore ways of bringing public spaces to life and create a more vibrant city centre. Joined by leading thinkers and doers from New Zealand to New York, local leaders from across the creative, civic and commercial sectors came together to discuss a range of topics as part of the Council’s 10 year cultural strategy, A City Imagining.

Videos of the webinars are now available to view and share here

To be kept up to date with progress, please register your interest by sending an email to

LAB Fund Derry - Supporting the Arts

LAB Fund, Derry are making available 2 x £1000 grants to support artists to realise projects in 2021. “This year has been extremely challenging for the arts. Many have fallen through the cracks. Arts are at the core of our cultural identity and their value, both economically and for people's well-being are priceless. We want to help ensure that this sector continues to thrive in the years ahead

We’re awarding 2x £1000 grants to support the arts – filmmakers, artists and musicians etc for projects in 2021”.

Apply now -


Loyalty and Audiences 1-0-1


How can you nurture your relationship with your audiences during this time and how can you increase their loyalty to you?

We Will Thrive NI will present a special session exploring the different techniques to motivate audiences to choose you rather than someone else and how loyalty fits into audience development. With examples from arts and other organisations doing loyalty right to get you inspired, followed by a Q&A and discussion.


When: Wednesday 20th January 2021 from 10.30am to 11.30am

Where: Zoom – we will send you a link after registration. Please note that this event will be recorded.

Cost: Free

How to register: Please register in advance for this event via this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Zoom works well with both Talkback and Voiceover. If you want to find out more, check out the accessibility page on Zoom’s website: