Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of Culture Company 2013, said: “We hope that Derry~Londonderry’s City of Culture year brings a sense of joy, a sense of ambition, a sense of pride in our community, a sense of being part of a global community, and in the end a sense of achievement – that we all did this together and it meant something. A huge success for a small city.”
Derry won the title after a competition with 15 other British cities; selection was by an independent panel.
” It is a privilege to have received the baton from the amazing festival that was London 2012 and to be carrying on the legacy from Liverpool 08. We in turn will pass the spotlight to Glasgow 2014 and the Commonwealth Games and the next UK City of Culture in 2017.
Derry~Londonderry in Northern Ireland will play host to a world-class programme which includes the Turner Prize presented outside England for the first time; a new commission by the London Symphony Orchestra; award-winning choreographer Hofesh Shechter; the return of Field Day; a new play by American playwright Sam Shepard; local Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney; and the first visit to Northern Ireland of the Royal Ballet for over 20 years.
The core themes of the City of Culture project are Joyous Celebration and Purposeful Inquiry with four distinct components:
1, Unlocking Creativity
2, Creative Connections
3, Digital Dialogue
4, Creating a New Story
As well as the cultural events the Derry2013 programme has extensive projects with schools and community groups.