Derry~Londonderry welcomed its year of culture in 2013 with a spectacular fireworks and pyrotechnics display at 20:13 on 31st December. Thousands of well wishers joined the celebrations along the River Foyle among them Mayor, Cllr Kevin Campbell. Speaking after the event, the Mayor indicated he was looking forward to an incredible year for the city in 2013.
“The city celebrations marked a perfect moment to mark the arrival of 2013 and to look forward to what will be a fantastic cultural year for the city and region. It’s our time to tell a new story and to showcase the best of local and international talent while marking the beginning of new opportunities for the city. It is with great pride that I extend best wishes to everyone for 2013 and wish you all a very peaceful and prosperous year in 2013”.
There have been many agencies and individuals involved in getting the city ready to become the inaugural UK City of Culture 2013 and it is through this true collaboration and investment that the city will move forward with confidence.
During the 2013 year the city will play host to over 140 events along with a range of community and education initiatives as part of 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.
Martin Bradley, Chairperson of Culture Company welcoming the year said:
“The way that Derry-Londonderry has come together as a team to ensure that the full potential of 2013 is realised has been truly remarkable and will ensure the maximum possible benefits for all the people of the city.”
“As the first winners of this prestigious title, we have been pioneers, working without a blue print and setting benchmarks for future UK Cities of Culture.”
“From the setting up of a new company, raising the budget, consulting with a city, to the announcement of this programme, the journey to 2013 has undoubtedly been challenging, but rewarding and exhilarating. Our team have put together a schedule of cultural excellence that will shine a spotlight on our city and display our cultural vibrancy to the world throughout 2013 and beyond.”
A full programme for 2013 events is available at www.cityofculture2013.com and full images of the 2013 celebrations are also available on the site or at www.festivetime.com
Extending a thank you to all the agencies involved in the 2013 celebrations, the Mayor said: “ 2013 welcome celebrations required the support and co-operation of many agencies and I would like to extend my thanks on behalf of the Council for their continued support”.