Derry City & Strabane - Culture News June 2021




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Culture News June 2021

Arts Council Northern Ireland announce Annual Funding for projects 2021/22

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) have announced annual funding of £13,005,025 for key arts organisations from its exchequer and National Lottery resources.

The Department for Communities has provided the Arts Council with an opening resource budget of more than £10m and £1.1m for capital projects for 2021/22.

The Arts Council’s Annual Funding Programme (AFP) is the most significant allocation of public funding for the arts in Northern Ireland each year.  The majority of Northern Ireland’s key arts organisations have received standstill funding, primarily covering their core costs and programming costs, with seven arts organisations receiving strategic uplifts.

A list of organisations offered Annual Funding in 2021/22 can be viewed on request, please contact or

To read more, click here


Studio 2 - “We’re Back!”


May - September Arts & Events programme launched

Greater Shantallow Community Arts are reopening their doors and have released a full programme of events, classes and programmes for all ages taking place at Studio 2 this May – September.

Registration is now open for Dance, Art, Drama, Singing, traditional music classes for all levels and ages with in-house and guest facilitators. The programme also sees a variety of dedicated Youth programmes as well as 5 weeks of Kids Art Summer Camps.

Dylanfest, Fleadh Mhór Dhoire and Fleadh Cce Baile Na Gcailleach are among events happening this August.

For full details of programme, timetables and registration info please

The City of Derry International Choir Festival announce plans for 2021

The City of Derry International Choir Festival has announced plans for a ninth edition of the much-loved and anticipated annual autumn festival, due to take place from 20 – 24 October 2021.Acknowledging the most recent announcements regarding Covid-19 guidelines, the Festival is excited to plan for October 2021 and looks forward to further easing of restrictions in the summer and autumn months. Following a hugely successful online festival in 2020, which racked up over 250,000 views from 50 countries worldwide, organisers are hopeful this year’s event will feature a programme of both live and digital concerts, performances, workshops, podcasts and events.

This year’s programme will include Internationally-renowned guest artists, world premieres of four brand new commissions of choral music, a Virtual Choral Trail with choirs from across the world submitting video performances of sacred, gospel, pop, jazz and barbershop music as well as a large-scale community programme of performances and workshops for local singing groups.

Dónal Doherty, Artistic Director of the Festival, said,

“We could not be more excited about this year's festival. Voices have been silent for too long now and this is the re-awakening that we've all been looking forward to over the past 15 months. We are very conscious of the pain and suffering that many have experienced as a result of the pandemic and we recognise this in our programming; but we also recognise the joy and happiness associated with singing together or the excitement we get from listening to live music, so Festival 2021 will be both reflective and celebratory. We are very hopeful that Derry and the whole north west region will once again come alive with the sound of singing.”

For more information and updates visit or follow the City of Derry International Choir Festival on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. 

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company launch Digital Programme 

This summer Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company launch their Digital Programme supported by the ACNI Stability and Renewal Fund. This series of online bite-sized courses have been designed to encourage the exploration of creativity in movement in the comfort of your own home. 

The courses are aimed at different age groups and are all led by the highly experienced artist-teachers of the Echo Echo Ensemble. Each course consists of 8 easy to follow videos of roughly 15-20 minutes long which include a variety of playful warm ups and exercises, some technical instruction and much guidance for the development of improvised and choreographed solo movement.

Echo Echo Ensemble Artist Ayesha Mailey says:“The focus of our Digital Programme is to stimulate individual creativity and imagination in movement and dance whatever your age or previous experience. At Echo Echo we believe that everyone can be poetic in their movement and we hope that our Digital Programme offers an opportunity for the whole family to get involved.” 

If the Echo Echo Digital Programme sounds like something you or a family member might like to try, you can sign up here for free: or visit their website to find out more. Once you have completed the sign-up form you will receive links for the programmes directly to your email address and its all completely free of charge!

Summer in the North West - marketing and promotional campaign

DCSDC will run a collective marketing and promotional campaign which aims to capture What’s On in the North West for locals and visitors this July and August. If you are open for visitors and audiences, running any special events, programmes or offers and would like to be included, you can submit details on the form here or contact for more information. 

Luminare. Music Capital and St Augustine’s launch new live music partnership

Music Capital has launched a new music initiative, Luminare which will see a celebration of music and song, hosting intimate evenings in some of Derry's most iconic venues and locations.

Luminare aims to showcase the beauty that is the maiden city through song, bringing together artists and musicians from all across the Island of Ireland.

The first of the venue partnerships sees Music Capital and St Augstine’s Church come together to produce a series of monthly live concerts from September 2021 featuring headliners Luka Bloom, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Mary Coughlan, The Henry Girls and Duke Special in the historic “wee church on the Walls”.

These intimate ticketed gigs will follow Covid safety guidelines. Priority and pre-sale tickets will be released in advance to subscribers who register for notification by email. You can sign up for priority access here:

For full details of artists, tickets and access info please visit website 

Covid-19 Re-assurance Mark

Derry City and Strabane District Councils “COVID Reassurance Mark” is designed to support local, economic recovery and revitalisation whilst respecting the public health controls needed to maintain public health and minimise community transmission of Coronavirus. This initiative is being rolled out to businesses within the tourism, hospitality, retail and close contact sectors initially however other sectors can apply for consideration.This initiative is geared towards boosting customer confidence to return to our town centres and villages that businesses are using risk assessed processes to safeguard the public.Check the link for full details.

Royal Academy Arts 



Young Artists’ Summer Show 2021

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local student story

Toni McGhee, Year 14 Art student from Strabane’s Holy Cross College has received the exciting news that her lockdown Art piece has been selected for the Young Artists’ Summer Show 2021 by the Royal Academy of the Arts. This year’s exhibition will be online from the 13th July to 8th August 2021. Toni's Art teacher, Hugh Gallagher said “ This has been a wonderful boost for our school community that Toni’s talent has achieved such an accolade against the tough competition of 33,000 submissions. This demonstrates the resilience of our young people living through an unpresented period in their educational life.”

Coming up at Void: CHOREOGRAPH by Elizabeth Price

Void Gallery will launch of CHOREOGRAPH by artist Elizabeth Price on Saturday 19th June, 6-8pm at Void Gallery, 10 Waterloo Place, Derry-Londonderry, BT48 6BU

Exhibition will run from 22nd June – 21st August 2021. For further information please visit website

CCA DLD delighted to reopen with Irish Modernisms:legacies of modernism in the north


The Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry is pleased to reopen its doors with a new exhibition, Irish Modernisms: legacies of modernism in the north which launched on Friday 28 May 2021.

Exhibition runs 29th May- 18th September 2021

Irish Modernisms features Artists: Phillip McCrilly, James Ashe, Rachael Campbell-Palmer, Grace McMurray, Ben Weir

From architecture and infrastructure to everyday domestic design, the works in the exhibition include print, sculpture, textile, and architecture, highlighting the complex and nuanced influence of modernism in the north. The exhibition is co-curated by Catherine Hemelryk and Matt Retallick.

For more information on the Artists and exhibition access please visit the website

Image: Grace McMurray, Nest (2018) Headboard, Satin Ribbon weave, Polycotton. Courtesy the artist

Public Art: Sperrin Sculpture Trail Information Session


Members of the public are invited to have their say on the proposed Sperrin Sculpture Trail being rolled out by DCSDC working in partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council  and Mid Ulster District Council

The proposed design concept for the trail – Giants of The Sperrins - seeks to showcase the exciting epic stories associated with the Sperrins, and is currently being refined.

You can find out more at a special public information & engagement session scheduled to take place online via Webex at 7pm on Thursday 10th of June.

To register contact Philip McShane, Rural Tourism Officer, @DCSDC at

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Touring Europe - checklists for the arts, cultural, creative, and heritage sectors 

DCMS have updated checklists for the arts, cultural, creative and heritage sectors to include guidance for the fashion sector.

Please visit website for checklists, updates and further info

For more, click here