A host of Spring events go online

Derry City and Strabane District Council have announced a full Spring and St Patrick’s Day programme, adapted in line with COVID-19 guidance.

By Julie-Ann Spence
Friday, 12th March 2021, 9:00 am
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney, with Sha Gillespie and Jim Collins, North West Carnival Initiative, and Margaret Crabtree, Keep Her Knit, at the launch of the Spring programme.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney, with Sha Gillespie and Jim Collins, North West Carnival Initiative, and Margaret Crabtree, Keep Her Knit, at the launch of the Spring programme.

As part of the visual arts programme, ‘Full Hoist Always’, delivered by the Void Gallery, will see roadside billboards transformed by artist Locky Morris, focusing on a positive message around care and support in the current times.

As part of the Inside Out programme, UV Arts will deliver ‘The People’s Art Project’ which will take place from March 16, looking at celebrating our local community and those who make the community what it is through portraits.

The North West Carnival Initiative will deliver ‘Imagine That…’ - a combination of artist led creation, online content including tutorials, and neighbourhood focused activity.

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The 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, St Columb’s Park, Foyle Road, Brooke Park and the Fountain; a willow hare sculpture at Strabane Allotments, and the pig sculpture at the Alley Theatre being transformed into a seasonal leprechaun, and lots more.

There will be a vast range of online content, including many events for Irish Language Week which is currently taking place and will finish on St Patrick’s Day. Council have been working with partners in the Irish language community across the city and district to create a unique programme of online events which celebrate the Irish language as part of the shared heritage of the region.

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. There will be range of talented artists and lots of great music for audiences to enjoy.

For more information, visit www.derrystrabane.com/insideout