Win City of Culture Golden Ticket

Culture Company launch competition for one lucky winner to attend many of the major events during City of Culture 2013

A Golden Ticket, to all the world class events in 2013, is up for grabs in a new online competition to identify the Cultural Icon for Derry~Londonderry's City of Culture year.

The lucky winner may choose from a hall of fame that includes acclaimed playwright Brian Friel, Nobel Laureate John Hume, world renowned singer Josef Locke, sporting legends Ken Goodall or Charlie Nash and St Colmcille. Alternatively, a case can be made for anyone else who fits the bill.

This fantastic prize will include free entry for two people to a host of the top attractions lined up for 2013, including Hofesh Shechter’s dance and rock spectacular Political Mother: Derry~Londonderry Uncut, RTE’s acclaimed Other Voices live music show, the opening Sons and Daughters concert at The Venue, Teenage Kicks The Musical, the Jazz and Big Band Festival and many more.

Culture Company 2013 chief executive Shona McCarthy said: 'A Golden Ticket for next year is an incredible prize for anyone to win. There are so many amazing events happening, the winner will be completely spoilt for choice. Without a doubt, this will be the hottest ticket in town.'

To enter simply go to the City of Culture Facebook page and vote for one of the suggested Cultural Icons listed there, or to nominate someone your own choosing. The first round of voting closes on Sunday, December 16 with the top five icons going forward to a second round, with voting recommencing on Monday, December 17.

The final closing date for voting is Monday, January 7 and the lucky winner of the Golden Ticket will be announced on Wednesday, January 9. View the full City of Culture 2013 programme below.


The UK City of Culture initiative was announced by the UK Government in 2009, building on Liverpool’s success as European Capital of Culture in 2008, inviting cities to compete for the first UK City of Culture title in 2013. Derry~Londonderry is the winner of the title for 2013. The other shortlisted cities were Birmingham, Norwich and Sheffield.

Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 is funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure of the Northern Ireland Executive, with core funding from Derry City Council, and capital infrastructure delivered by Ilex, Urban Regeneration Company. The cultural programme is also funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of England, the British Council and others.