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Culture News July 2020

Working Safely During Covid-19 in the Visitor Economy Sector

The Department for the Economy has designed guidance relevant for businesses, visitors and people who work within the visitor economy to help prepare for return to work whenever it is safe to do so.

It is designed to help employers, employees and the self-employed in Northern Ireland (NI) understand how to work as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic keeping to the recommended social distancing guidelines.

This guidance been prepared by the Department for the Economy, in partnership with Tourism NI, with input from the NI Tourism Recovery Working Group and in consultation with Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Health and Safety Executive NI (HSENI), key Executive Departments and has been shared with trade unions. https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/B2MYCVPARf109DtGn3Ws?domain=londonderrychamber.co.uk/

Japanese Folklore in Irish (with English Subtitles)

North West Japanese Cultural Group

North West Japanese Cultural Group launched their Arts Council supported video of a Japanese fairy folk tale, "Yuki On'na (Snow Woman)", presented in the Irish language with English subtitles earlier this month as part of Derry City & Strabane District Council’s Virtual Learning Festival.

The video is accompanied by beautiful illustrations and a musical score with Japanese musical instruments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uli3HTW5tMM&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1mv3sg3s12lkIQhAuI8ThivSn0ifOHhVkriFCGgbpDqEKg2RG27UhdX2w

Check it out https://youtu.be/Uli3HTW5tMM

Celtronic 2020 - Together:Apart

One of the highlights of this years festival was Francesco Tristano an amazing performance from his studio in Barcelona.

Check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-obGQGtXKDUAs was the awesome video mix from Gerd Janson and Holger Wüst. Enjoy folks. https://www.facebook.com/celtronicfestival/

Derry City and Strabane Learning City Region

 ( of UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities) Our city hosted the World’s First Virtual Learning Festival last week with amazing submissions from communities, businesses, schools and colleges across the region.We had a diverse range of learning videos both recorded and live sessions In total 55 events with 12 live. Check out the videos produced that attracted worldwide attention! All the videos are on our site so check it out https://www.derrystrabane.com/Learningfest

“We understand that culture is everything.” Arts Collaboration Network 5 Asks

The arts and culture sector in Northern Ireland is right at the heart of our society, an important part of the broader, interconnected and multimillion-pound creative industries and all-island tourism .The response to Covid-19 have brought the sector close to terminal closure. In pushing for fundamental and comprehensive action this report puts forward the case for the Arts Community in 5 main points:-Sustain the workforce through: 1. Immediate Hardship Fund to support and sustain the freelancers and self-employed artists who are ineligible for government support.

2.Support for the self-employed and employees through Job Retention Scheme & SEISS Scheme.

  1. Stabilisation Fund for arts organisations;
  2. Rescue Fund for venues Invest in the recovery of NI through:
  3. Cultural Sector Recovery Plan for the sector including a NI Cultural Taskforce.

Follow the link for full report.. https://www.artsandbusinessni.org.uk/media/2543/ni-arts-and-culture-recovery.pdf

Other Voices at Guildhall

The Guildhall, Derry joined other heritage and cultural venues throughout Ireland to host performances as part of Other Voices latest project, Courage.

Derry’s own Saint Sister were joined by members of Crash Ensemble for a special live-streamed performance in the Guildhall’s Main Hall. Glenveagh National Park, Kilkenny Castle and The National Gallery were among other venues to host performances.

“Music collapses distance in this time of isolation, it gives us courage, consolation and brings us together. Other Voices' Courage delivers uplifting, inspiring performances from brilliant artists to the public during the COVID-19 crisis”. https://www.rte.ie/culture/2020/0706/1151687-other-voices-courage-watch-saint-sister-crash-ensemble-live/

Void and artist Alan Phelan need your help! Void needs your help! Plinth Commission recipient Alan Phelan will launch his project on the Derry Walls in September 2020. This is a crowd-sourced sculpture and we would like YOU to get involved. Participants will make their own flower sculpture at home using papier-mache and it will be assembled on site. Materials provided - available from Void from 20 July. Flowers to be submitted by 10th August. For more details of how to get involved please see https://mailchi.mp/…/void-and-artist-alan-phelan-are-lookin… or phone 028 7130 8080.


ACNI Survey to determine where financial support for the sector most urgently needed

To help determine where financial support is most urgently required, Arts Council Northern Ireland have developed two new surveys to find out specifically how Covid-19 has affected Northern Ireland’s arts and creative sectors

Survey for Individual Artists and Creative Freelancers:


Survey for Arts Organisations:


The deadline for sharing your views is 22nd July 2020


Arts Council’s Box Office Survey shows true impact of Covid-19 on the arts

New research released this week by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland shows the severity of the crisis facing the arts sector as box office income grinds to a halt amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

A survey of box-office organisations by the Arts Council, in collaboration with thrive, has revealed that cultural organisations have on average lost 72% of their box office revenue, equating to a projected loss of £9.5 million this year.

The research brings together responses from 42 organisations, including festivals, venues and other arts organisations. Of the different groups which took part, venues will be hit hardest with expected losses of £8.3 million. In addition to losing out on ticket sales, organisations will also be impacted by the loss of £5.3 million in ancillary income, from food and drink, sponsorships, donations, merchandise and other revenue streams.

To access the full report:


NW Culture Exchange

Donegal County Council with Derry City and Strabane District Council presents the NW Culture Exchange at Earagail Arts Festival.

This first symposium researches a collaborative planning approach to programming, delivery and evaluation across the arts, culture and heritage sector in the North West of Ireland.

Responding to current and developing events,the 2020 symposium will focus on two key strands: Audiences & Industry over 4 online events 17th, 21th, 23rd, 24th July hosted by professionals from each area on the Earagail Arts Festival platform. For full details and to register use the link.


Culture Night Ireland Festival

Culture Night Ireland Festival on 18th September 2020.

DCSDC aim to provide marketing and production support to the arts and cultural sector to present a collaborative programme of events and activity which showcases the rich talents and creativity of Derry city and Strabane district.

DCSDC invite artists, organisations and cultural venues to submit events to this year’s programme which will explore the theme “Sense of Place”. To submit details or chat about programming ideas please contact us.

DCSDC will commission new product for details check ezine funding section. Application closing date Monday 27th July at 1pm [email protected]

Outdoor Arts UK Weekly Online Drop-In Each Friday at 4pm Outdoor Arts UK host a ‘Weekly Online Drop-In’ via Zoom. These sessions are a place where artists and organisations engaged in outdoor arts can connect as a community, focus on specific topics, share information and react to the latest events.


Good Relations Week 2020 -

Good Relations Week 2020 will deliver an online festival from 14th to 21st September. The theme is ‘Celebrating Our Journey. Embracing Our Future’.

A dynamic programme of content and events that showcases people and communities playing an active part in creating and sustaining good relations in Northern Ireland – past, present and future. Projects planned can coincide with Culture Night-18th Sept. For further information contact Good Relations Officers. [email protected]