A £900,000 Legacy Fund and an exciting range of programmes for music, fashion, storytelling and visual arts were announced today at the Guildhall. These announcements build upon the success of Derry’s year as UK City of Culture 2013 and are the first of a number of legacy commitments by Derry City Council and the Arts Council.
Maintaining momentum and continuing to showcase our cultural expertise is at the heart of the announcements today with music designated as a core theme for 2014. To support this, a series of concerts and events are planned for 2014 with further legacy announcements expected during 2014.
The Arts Council has pledged £450k to the city’s cultural programme which has been match funded by Derry City Council, resulting in a £900,000 Legacy Fund. The Fund has been established to ensure continued investment in the arts and cultural sector in Derry-Londonderry, to build on the achievements of the year as UK City of Culture 2013 and help achieve the long-term targets of Derry’s Regeneration Plan: the One Plan (‘One City One Plan One Voice’). The Fund will open in January 2014 for applications.
The city will also host a public launch event on 17th January to welcome in 2014 and to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who participated in the 2013 City of Culture celebrations. This event includes a Global Rainbow across the city created by international artist Yvette Mattern as well as live musical performances from Little Bear and the Clameens on the Guildhall stage. A further guest appearance will be announced in the New Year.
Mayor, Cllr Martin Reilly, welcoming the commitments said: “Derry City Council’s legacy promises are about providing cultural sustainability and encouraging communities and visitors to continue their connections with culture and the city. We are a proud and ambitious city with many talented and creative people. The city has made amazing progress during 2013 in how we look and feel and we want to continue with this transformation. Today’s announcements will build upon this strong foundation to capture the opportunity for cultural, economic and community growth.
“During Music City 2014, Derry City Council will be hosting music concerts with local and international artists. I am also delighted to announce a dedicated website, First Break, to match musicians with venues across the region. This goes live in the New Year and will make it easier for us to support and showcase new talent to visitors and Derry locals.”
Bob Collins Chair of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland said:
“We are delighted to make today’s funding announcement. The Arts Council’s long-term investment in Derry has contributed significantly to the success of UK City of Culture 2013. The arts have transformed this city and we are now making a substantial commitment to continue our partnership with Derry City Council to ensure Arts and Culture continue to help regenerate the city, particularly in the most deprived communities.”
In addition to the announced funding, the Arts Council is committed to the on-going arts-led regeneration of Derry- Londonderry which will benefit from the Northern Ireland wide Creative Apprenticeships Programme that will support 100 apprenticeships over a 3-year period across the arts and cultural sector. The upsurge of interest in the visual arts has been one of the major contributors to the success of City of Culture and this has led to a demand to maintain and extend the level of visual arts provision in the city. To ensure the continued success the Arts Council is, with Derry City Council, developing a visual arts strategy for the city.
Derry City Council and partners will also commence specialist studies in early January 2014 to add capacity to, visual arts and storytelling initiatives to grow the creative industries sector. It is will also be working with local designers, International designer Wayne Hemingway and partners within the City of London on new fashion events for November. This is a significant commitment to working with partners to achieve sustainable economic growth for these sectors.
Full details of the legacy promises and information on how to register for updates is available at www.derrycity.gov.uk/legacy