Culture And The City

     Print Edition: Feb 17, 2013

The Untied Kingdom has been on a roll and how. Given its popularity for business, it is only fitting that there be an equal emphasis on after hours. After 2012 (the year of the London Olympics), they're ready to bring on the fireworks with their Capital of Culture, 2013. Londonderry, the second largest city in North Ireland, has been coined the cultural powerhouse of the year with a powerpacked roster of cultural highlights including contemporary music and dance festivals, an international festival of visual arts and other exciting events through the year. The New Year was ushered in with a special Sons and Daughters of Derry concert, and Frank Cottrell Boyce, who scripted the opening ceremony of the London Olympic is slated to exucute a three-day performance based on Colmcille, the warrior monk who founded the city.

Other events down the line include a special gala performance by The Royal Ballet, the world premier of composer Mark-Anthony Turnage's new cantata presented by The London Symphony Orchestra, and additional performances by John Williams, including his scores from Star Wars and Schindler's List. Visually, the city's walls will serve as a canvas for art group Lumiere, who will transform it with a special light show. World famous comedians Jimmy Carr and Tommy Tiernan will draw in the laughs by taking to the stage, and BBC Radio 1 will station a base to carry out lkive broadcasts.

Furthermore, the Turner Prize will be held in the former barracks on Ebrington Square. Not only is the occasion a fantastic cultural upliftment for Derry, it has also served as a unifier, bringing together the city's nationalists and unionists as the communities came together to win the honour. Bringing about 3,000 jobs to the city, this year will give it a much-needed boost and is recommended for a quick cultural fix.

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