Over 50 events across Derry and Strabane on Culture Night

The North West district has an impressive offering this year which invites those attending to plot their own trail around a packed evening

Towns and cities all throughout Ireland will be illuminated with colourful sights and sounds this Friday, September 21, as the annual Culture Night celebration arrives.

There's set to be over 50 events taking place across the Derry City and Strabane district alone, with local arts and cultural organisations inviting the public on a trail of activities to inspire, enlighten and delight.

The programme varies from visual arts and music to theatre and dance, all of which can be enjoyed for free as people roam from one venue to the next, led by the wealth on offer during the evening.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, encouraged the public to come out and sample the region's 'largest and most ambitious programme yet'.

'The depth and variety in this year’s programme is particularly impressive and I am pleased to see a number of new venues and events added for 2018,' he said.

'Culture Night is an opportunity for the public to go off the beaten track and explore some of the hidden treasures around the Council area and I like the fact that people can plot their own trail by visiting the venues and offerings that interest them.'

This year’s programme has a particular emphasis on offering events for children, young people and families and will include a performance from children from the Outer West Neighbourhood Renewal Area where, through a walking tour, they will enact the true story of Jimmy Allieander, the 7.6 foot ‘Giant of Brooke Park’.

The Verbal Arts Centre will be hosting a drop in event entitled ‘Once upon a time’ where young people can sample interactive storytelling and performance sessions while young people are also invited to a ‘Culture Night Youth Takeover’ at the Nerve Centre in Magazine Street which promises to give a behind the scenes look at a live music recording session.

Youth theme Culture Night

Sion Stables in Strabane will be involved in the night for the first time when it hosts ‘Culture Night in the Village’ – a barbecue and an evening of traditional music and dance and fly tying workshops.

Strabane’s Alley Theatre will host an intimate play magical themed play exploring immortality by Single Shoe Productions entitled A Disappearing Act and registration is available on the theatre’s website for an intergenerational magic workshop that will be hosted before the performance.

Other highlights will include an Astronomic Weather Choir performance at Walker’s Plinth on the city’s walls, a presentation by personal artefact donors at the Museum of Free Derry and Walking Tours of Strabane leaving from the Alley Theatre.

A number of cafes and shops in Derry city centre and in and around Strabane’s Castle Street will remain open on the evening of Culture Night to offer refreshments and entertainment as the public make their way around the venues and Cappuccinos Café in Foyle Street will be treating patrons with their comic monologue Waiting Tables for Godot.

Browse the full timetable of events below and share your experiences on social media throughout the day using #CultureNightDS.