Legacy Fund for Derry

Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City Council announce post-City of Culture arts and culture projects

The first announcement been made by the £900,000 Legacy Fund for Derry, which will bring a series of outstanding arts projects to life across the city.

The new fund, set-up by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City Council, will bring three years of exciting arts and heritage projects to the city of Derry~Londonderry.

The first 23 projects supported through the initiative cover a range of exciting, high quality cultural offerings across dance, visual arts, music and theatre genres.

The fund should also enhance the arts and culture programming of venues and some organisations in Derry~Londonderry above their 2012 levels, supporting the long-term achievement of the 2013 City of Culture benefits as set in the context of the One Plan.

One of the successful projects is Lullaby, brought to the city by Sustrans (NI), who will work with artist Luke Jerram and the people of the city to create a production that builds on the magical experience of Lumiere in 2013.

Lullaby will introduce a light show on wheels with music, light and movement, to bring residents together to create a cross-community gift to the city. Through workshops and activities will come three nights of enchanting evening events in March 2015.

The Fashion and Textile Legacy Programme is a new initiative to support creative individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses in the fashion and textile design sectors in the city. The core component of the programme is a Fashion and Textile Hub in Shipquay Street featuring four dedicated rooms.

Other projects that will benefit from the fund include the Nerve Centre's City of Culture Music Legacy, the Walled City Trust's City of Derry International Choral Festival and a year of international events and exhibitions in Void Gallery.

Each of the successful arts organisations will now work to develop their projects and create major new arts experiences and events for Derry~Londonderry.

Roísín McDonough, chief executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: 'Today’s Legacy Fund announcement will ensure the important investment in the arts and culture sector of this creative, vibrant city continues, building on Derry’s amazing year as City of Culture 2013.

'Equally important though, the projects funded will provide opportunities to encourage more of Derry’s citizens, from harder to reach communities, to participate in arts and culture. It’s about the value of the arts in promoting community engagement, challenging social exclusion and attracting visitors to the city who help boost the local economy.'

Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson added: 'I am delighted that the first tranche of projects have now been assessed. This fund demonstrates excellent partnership working between the city and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and now also our delivery partners. We are all committed to achieving a lasting legacy for our people.'

Around £610,000 has now been awarded through the Legacy Fund to support the first collection of successful projects. Details of when the fund will reopen for applications will be announced later this year.