Derry City & Strabane - Culture News March 2021




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Culture News March 2021

Culture News



Void update

Are you aged 14-20 and interested in the creative arts? Void are seeking members to join their new Youth Arts Programme! 


Void is a contemporary art gallery which showcases the work of established Irish and international artists. A key element is Void Engage, our learning and outreach programme, which places participation and engagement at its heart.


The Youth Programme creates an encouraging and supportive space where members have the opportunity to engage in artistic workshops, collaborate and learn from creative professionals, gain their Silver Arts Award, create pop up exhibitions, and more.





NI Science Festival 2021 Trailer

With over 120 events across 14 days, NI Science Festival 2021features a mixture of unforgettable outdoor experiences across Northern Ireland, virtual talks from some of our favourite science communicators from around the globe, online interactive workshops and the biggest Schools & Educators programme we've ever assembled.


The Blame Game

Moondog Productions, BBC NI TV show "The Blame Game", are recording a special “Zoom” series of the show during March and April 2021. As part of the show they require some outgoing, confident people to ask questions of the panel. They are seeking people who are interested in performance and the arts in general and who might be interested in appearing on TV to ask a question.

 The shows will be recorded March 25th, April 1st, 8th, 15th and 21st. Interested parties would have to be available between 4 - 4:30pm to test their Zoom connection and between 6:45 - 9pm for the actual recording. Anyone who might be interested in taking part can contact Conor  Driscoll via email

A fun experience if you enjoy the arts.


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St Patrick’s Day


Council have announced a full Spring and St Patrick's Day programme, adapted in line with COVID-19 guidance.

As part of the visual arts programme, from March 8th 'Full Hoist Always', delivered by the Void Gallery, will see roadside billboards transformed by artist Locky Morris. UV Arts will deliver 'The People's Art Project' which will take place from March 16th, The North West Carnival Initiative will deliver 'Imagine That…' - a combination of artist led creation, online content including tutorials, and neighbourhood focused activity.  Our city centre will be re-imagined with creative installations and pop up displays adorning areas including Shipquay Street and several quiet spaces within the Walls; fairy dwellings in Kilfennan and St Columb's Park, the fountain, Foyle Road and Brooke Park; a willow hare sculpture at Strabane Allotments, and the pig sculpture at the Alley Theatre being transformed into a seasonal leprechaun, and lots more.

St Patrick's Day will be marked by students from North West Regional College's School of Performing Arts who will put together two celebratory traditional Irish music sessions. Full details available on


NorthWest and Allegri Youth Choir.

This month Allegri is excited to premiere a work comprising new poetry, music, animation and live video.

Youth members have worked with poet Damian Gorman who created a poem about their experience in lockdown,  now set to music for orchestra and youth choir by Seán Doherty. The work’s virtual premiere features Orchestra. More details can be found on website:

The video will be premiered on our YouTube channel:




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Columba Heritage Centre  - Celebration of the 1500th anniversary of Columba's birth.


The Columba Heritage Centre has just launched a suite of teaching resources on its site to add to the celebration of the 1500th anniversary of Columba's birth... it is a free download of over 25 activities and accessible to both parents and schools... there is also a facility to locate collaboration for schools… Learn more about this cross community project educational resource via the link provided.

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Bank of Ireland Business to Arts

2nd Phase opening April 2021

Bank of Ireland, in partnership with Business to Arts, today announced that 36 projects spanning music, theatre, dance, traditional arts, and the visual arts will receive support from the first phase of the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund.

Funding of €300,000 will be provided to artworks or arts projects which have been inspired by the experience of living through COVID-19 or have been adapted in response to the pandemic. The all-island Begin Together Arts Fund will open for a second round of applications in April and will make a total of €1 million in arts funding available between 2020 and 2022.

#supportthearts #begintogetherarts #ireland


Are you planning activities or events for older or family audiences in the coming months?

 Donegal County Council & Derry City and Strabane District Council are looking to do coping out of planned activity aimed at older people and family audiences from May onwards.

 We know planning is extremely difficult but we’re keen to get a sense of what you might be hoping to deliver.


Together we are planning to pull together programmes which highlight and promote older people and family activity across the North West.

We aim to include every-day activity on offer as well as one off events and initiatives. It is hoped that there would be a range of activity which would see audiences move around to try something new.


It would be great if you could give us a flavour of anything you will or might be planning to do. Some outline detail would be great, you can get us on    Many thanks

John Hewitt Society

Summer School of Literature & the Arts Festival

The John Hewitt Society is pleased to announce that their flagship event the John Hewitt International Summer School of Literature & the Arts Festival (JHISS) will take place this year from Monday 26th July to Friday 30th July 2021, at our festival base in The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh  for further information