Hear Derry~Londonderry Sing on January 17

Light show and concert organised to celebrate the success of the UK City of Culture year

An inspiring celebration linking the success of the UK City of Culture 2013 year with Music City 2014 will take place next week in Derry~Londonderry in the form of a free outdoor music and visual art event, featuring exciting live performances and the spectacular Global Rainbow installation.

Hear the City Sing, the first signature Derry~Londonderry Legacy event, will take place at the Peace Garden, Foyle Street on Friday, January 17. Rising stars Little Bear and the Clameens will share the stage with former Westlife frontman Shane Filan, with additional acts to be announced.

The evening will culminate in the lighting of Yvette Mattern's Global Rainbow, which will beam across the Foyle for five evenings as a symbol of new hope for the city.

Derry City Council commissioned the New York and Berlin-based visual artist to bring her art installation – which uses specially designed lazers to project a large-scale abstraction of a natural rainbow into the night sky – to the city for the first time. Global Rainbow was previously installed in Newtownards during the 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme.

'My aim with the artwork is to connect all people in a beautifully quiet and engaging experience, creating a temporal dimension with a unique visual translation of hope and peace,' said Mattern. 'Global Rainbow is a monumental outdoor laser projection representing the spectrum of the traditional seven colours of the rainbow, and is designed to be projected across large open sites, particularly densely populated areas.'

Brendan McMenamin, visual art officer with Derry City Council said: 'Global Rainbow is a significant piece of work which has been projected in a number of cities throughout the world since its inception in 2007, including New York, where its beams passed through Ground Zero, and other cities such as Berlin, Toulouse and Nantes, forming the signature event or to launch a new art or media festival. Significantly it also launched the diverse 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme.'

'For five evenings, the rainbow spectrum will be clearly visible for miles, arcing over the River Foyle, symbolically connecting both banks and the end of one year with that of a new one beginning.'

Hear the City Sing will begin with live music on the stage at Foyle Street Car Park / Peace Garden from 7.30pm on Friday, January 17. At approximately 9pm the event will end with a visual crescendo as the Global Rainbow is illuminated over the city.

Hear the City Sing is a free public event. In addition, live music performances will be offered in a number of local cafes, restaurants, hotels, bars and retail outlets from 7pm-8pm as part of a new initiative to create a Friday evening music culture in Derry city centre.