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Culture News October 2020

Culture News


City of Derry International Choir Festival 2020

21st - 25th October

A change of tune for 2020!

This International Choir Festival is getting a digital make and we’re thrilled to announce an exciting and diverse programme, to include;- Exclusive concerts and workshops from incredible guest artists, including Tenebrae and their Musical Director Nigel Short

- A virtual Choral Trail of performances from local, national and international choirs for more detail check the link.                    

Foyle Film Festival returns in November 2020        

Foyle Film Festival is one of only a handful of international film festivals with Oscar affiliation and BAFTA recognition. The festival offers filmmakers, animators and artists a unique platform to screen their films, network with industry professionals and gain access to the international market.

For full programme information or for booking info, please go to website link.

Artists NI         The website – Artists NI – has been set up by freelance artists in an attempt to connect the artistic community, to improve visibility among the wider community and to empower freelancers as individual artists.

See more information at the link below.                      

Composers collective of Northern Ireland!

The main purpose of this group is to bring Northern Irish Composers together. We are looking for people with an interest in composition and music within the various genres to join our group as we share opportunities, post about events and show our work to the rest of the group. To learn more check out this link.     :

Island Voices

Thurs 22 Oct @ 1pm.

The next installment is Baith Sides O The Sheugh on Thurs 22 Oct @ 1pm. Watch it on Facebook  via at the link.

Lobbying on behalf of the Arts Sector

ContactArts Matters NI can represent your views and needs. to learn more check the link.

If you would like to show your support for the #ArtsMatterNI campaign and help us protect the arts in Northern Ireland, then please consider signing up to future news & updates, by filling in the form via the link

Culture Night Ireland

Culture Night Ireland Festival was on 18th September 2020. Online product around a sense of space involve both live and online events in Derry and Strabane .Check out  the link for programme highlights.                                   

Department for Communities: Disability Action Plan 2020-24 Consultation – closing 12 Oct

The Department for Communities has released a new Disability Action Plan consultation,

The purpose of this Disability Action Plan is to set out what the Department for Communities will do to fulfil its obligations in respect of the disability duties under Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Drafts in various formats can be found via this link:       

Age Friendly-

Positive Ageing Month – October 2020          This 3rd annual Positive Ageing month takes into consideration the 5 steps to wellbeing - Be Active, Connect, Take Notice, Give and Keep Learning. This PHA initiative shows these 5 simple steps built into our daily lives can help maintain and improve emotional health and wellbeing. This year in light of Covid-19, a mixture of activities are planned that enable older people to connect both virtually through online events and physically where this is permissible within the Covid-19 guidelines. For further information check the  DCSDC link. #PositiveAgeingWest

Derry Halloween Join us in Spirit

28th Oct -1st Nov        This year, Derry Halloween will be different.         

We’ve been bubbling away, brewing up a brilliant festival for you to enjoy.

But while we normally flock to the streets to show why Derry does it best, this year we are asking you to stay home, stay safe and enjoy our digital programme of events from the comfort of your sofa (or behind it!).

We’ll have spooky tales for your Little Horrors to watch, Samhain Sessions for music lovers, and online tutorials in everything from broomstick-making to cocktail-shaking. We’ll also be bringing some ghostly friends back to life to share the story of Samhain for this year’s Awakening.

And it wouldn’t be Derry Halloween without some out-of-this-world fancy dress – so enjoy our virtual workshops, share your costumes with us on social media, and keep the creative juices flowing for 2021!

Join us in Spirit! Submit your event at

A City Imagining: Making Places Together – Webinar Series – 14, 21 Oct

Belfast City Council, Voluntary Arts Ireland   Following on from September’s two workshops.

Wednesday 14 October – Changing Neighbourhoods, Changing Cities

How can we encourage active citizenship and creativity in our neighbourhoods? Sign up at

Wednesday 21 October – Reflections and Next Steps

A chance to revisit what we have learned and discovered during the series and looking ahead. Sign up at

Inside Outside - street animation

Derry/Strabane 'Inside Out', is a new programme of animation put together to help breathe life back into our streets in a safe but engaging way. Look out for some pop up surprises and festive fun as local animation and theatre companies meander through the City and Town Centre sprinkling a little outdoor magic - adding to dining experiences and outdoor ambience with music and colourful interactions. The programme  will run over the following dates:

 Halloween:  31 Oct - 1 Nov

Christmas Illuminations: 21-22 November

Christmas themed animation: 11-12 December

The activity will be centred in and around (but not exclusive to) the following locations:


Bishop Street /  London St / Ebrington Sq /Guildhall  Sq /  Waterloo Place/ Waterloo Street/Castle St.



Abercorn Sq /Castle St / Main Street                

Temporary exhibition ‘Dividing Ireland’ at Tower Museum

Dividing Ireland - the origins, impacts and legacy of the partition

Events between 1912-1922 saw monumental changes across Ireland and the wider world.  The exhibition looks at some of these events - War of Independence, Boundary Commission -  using archives and objects from the Tower Museum collection.   The exhibition is part of the Understanding of the Decade of Commemorations Project, supported by the EU PEACE IV Programme managed by SEUPB.  The project is a partnership with the Nerve Centre and includes an online engagement programme.

Archives & Genealogy at the Tower Museum         
Have you checked out the new Tower Museum website?  If you have any questions concerning the collections, require advice on researching your family history please contact us at


booksvscigarettes: Part ii. The Empty Space

10 October 2020, 3–4pm

Join us online on Saturday 10 October 2020, 3pm–4pm, for the next booksvscigarettes reading group event when we’ll be reading The Empty Space by Peter Brook. This event coincides with CCA’s Reciprocal Residencies exhibition. The text has been selected in relation to the work of artist Niamh Seana Meehan. The reading will be accompanied by a short article selected by Niamh titled 11 Statements Around art Writing (2011) by Maria Fusco.

This online event is free, open to the public and will take place via Zoom.

booksvscigarettes is CCA’s intermittent reading group. It takes its name from George Orwell’s essay which assessed the price and value of reading against other pursuits.  Email to receive a meeting invite and a copy of the texts. There’s no need to prepare before – just join in and we’ll read together.



"Art Arcadia has teamed up again with the Liverpool Irish Festival and this year Edy Fung, artist in residence at St Augustine's Old Schoolhouse, is also taking part in a remote residency with the Festival.

During a Liverpool Irish Festival Instagram Takeover @livisrishfest Edy Fung revisits her old online diaries written from the time during school closure after the 2003 SARS-CoV-1 outbreak in Hong Kong, which were rediscovered again through the ‘Wayback Machine’ while going through lockdown after the 2020 SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. A selection of 14 entries – reflecting the mandatory period of isolation, is translated into a site-specific installation inspired by winter counts. Playing with expressions in denotations and connotations, a series of instagram posts on the artist’s reflection on this year’s new normal will be published from 1 to 14 October 2020, as the virtual aspect parallel to the physical representation. Feelings of past and present are both compressed through the epidemic events via the perpetuated timeless platform of the virtual environment. The artist realised the predictability of the consistency of her reaction to the two events 17 years apart.