Derry City & Strabane - Culture News September 2020




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Culture News September 2020

Live from the  Alley  Theatre                                                           

Alley Theatre take their first step back to live events since the covid 19 pandemic. Taking part in Culture Night events with  a taste of  Music to your Ears  Mens Group featuring great classic songs and newly penned original material relating to lockdown in the past 3 months. Part of their new CD launch.

Creative Industries sector called “Audience of the Future”  

Funded and delivered by UK Research and Innovation.     First edition of a new newsletter for the Creative Industries sector called “Audience of the Future”  which includes news, funding opportunities and events.

The Audience of the Future programme is part of the government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and is funded and delivered by UK Research and Innovation. This programme focuses on Innovation and Research in the UK’s creative industry sector, including immersive technologies.  Individuals and organisations can subscribe and contribute to the newsletter by emailing:

For more info see

Good Relations Week

 14th  to 21st September 2020

This week will celebrate all aspects of our culture and heritage, promotes cultural diversity and tackles sectarianism and racism. It is about inspiring new projects, promoting understanding, respect and engagement between all sections of our community. Embracing digital technology and curating a week of innovative, immersive, live, interactive and collaborative events – mostly online. There should be something for everyone.      #GRWEEK20


Retention of Emergency Funds for the Arts Sector

The ArtsMatterNI campaign wrote to the minister for communities, Carál Ní Chuilín asking that all available funding allocations be retained for the arts sector.The Head of Arts and Creativity in DfC, Debbie McKibben, with some reassuring news for all of us concerned about arts workers, and the sector in general, surviving the most challenging working environment that the arts have ever faced.Arts Matters NI can represent your views and needs. to learn more check the link.                                               

A Virtual Future at St Columb's Hall       

St Columb’s Hall Trust have secured funding from Invest Northern Ireland to explore the possibilities of virtual entertainment.  Working with researchers at Ulster University “The New People’s Hall” project will explore how can we transform our Grade A-listed Victorian theatre building into a 21st century virtual venue.                            This important project will research how we can use utilise technology to host live entertainment, experiences and civic discussion during and post-the “Great Lockdown”.


Looking through the lens at LGBTQ+ life in NI. With participants from the LGBTQ+ community by the poet and performer Mel Bradley and director Kieran Smyth, this new play was created for @FoylePride  #ComeWatch the very first live broadcast from our new #DigitalPlayhouse   #DigitalPlayhouse

Age Friendly- Positive Ageing Month – October 2020     

The International Day of Older Persons, which is held annually on 1st October, will kick-start this year's month-long campaign. That will promote active and healthy ageing and reduce social isolation and loneliness. This year, in light of Covid-19, a mixture of activities is being planned that enable older people to connect both virtually through online events, and physically where possible

Culture Night

Culture Night Ireland Festival will take place on 18th September 2020.

This  year’s event “Sense of Space “will involve both live and online events happening in Derry and Strabane .Check out event programme for activities to suit all tastes- remember your face masks if you are attending live events /check venue website for their guidelinesIf you have product for culture night this can be upload  directly via  our Whats On page .See the link for programme:

Derry Hallowe'en 2020 will be a year like no other…

With the disruptions of Covid – 19, this year’s festival will be a little different but we are confident that together we can deliver an exceptional Hallowe'en experience that will celebrate our spirit, wit and cultural heritage and maintain our crown as the Best Halloween Destination in the World.

Everyone can get involved in some way, through programming activities, dressing windows and shop fronts, hosting themed experiences and bringing the true Derry Halloween experience to life.

Let us know what you are planning for Derry Hallowe’en 2020 (events, activities, offers) and we can include these in our upcoming promotional campaign including website and social channels.

A full brand toolkit will be made available and circulated to key stakeholders.

Submit your event at


Red Alert – Stand as ONE, is a campaign to raise public and media awareness in support of the live events sector which employs over circa 1,000,000 highly skilled people in the UK. The campaign is being run by a large and growing industry collective of trade bodies, businesses and freelancers affected by the shutdown all working together. It spans online and social messaging, video, case studies and legal outdoor events to gain media attention. The aim is to have significant financial support extended for the people and companies in this sector until they can return to work.

National Heritage Day          

The Tower Museum is celebrating European Heritage Open Days #ehodni next week with a sneak peek Virtual Tour of our museum stores!  Tune in to their YouTube page!