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Illuminate

Illuminate | 17th – 20th & 24th -27th Feb 2022

Take a journey through time this February and discover the secrets of the Walled City as you embark on a magical illuminated trail telling the story of a legendary place that will capture both your heart and your imagination.

Funded by Tourism Northern Ireland as part of the Embrace A Giant Spirit campaign 'Illuminate' will run over two weekends, 17th - 20th and 24th – 27th February, and shine a light on the events that have shaped the unique story of Derry, a city that has been forged through a millennium of adventure, endurance, imagination and endeavour.

From its origins as an ancient settlement to today's vibrant cultural hub, our story will be brought to life over eight days of stunning installations that will light up some of the City's most iconic sites, using the latest digital technology, projection, sound and animation to weave a compelling tale of tragedy and triumph.

View the beautiful Guildhall, the City's historic walls, St Columb's Cathedral, Castle Gate and St Columb's Hall as you've never seen them before, as they provide the canvas for this illuminating tale.

Illuminate offers the chance to meet some of the heroes and villains whose remarkable stories have changed the course of history. Immerse yourself in the landmark events that have made this place so special, from the arrival of the monastic legend Colmcille to the Siege of Derry, the surrender of the Battle of the Atlantic, to the surge of the Civil Rights movement and the pathway to peace. Learn how the Walled City has been reunified, restored and reimagined, told through performance, music and theatre.

The festival also invites you to share in this former City of Culture's renowned passion for music and the arts with a series of intimate live music gigs reflecting the theme of light, with artists such as Kila, Neil Cowley, ROE and The Henry Girls.

Click here for accomodation offers and info on our incredible Walled City.