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BBC News – UK City of Culture: Events announced for Derry celebration

The Turner Prize, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Ballet will all feature in Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.

The first edition of the programmes arrived in the city by speedboat along the river Foyle.

Derry will take on the title in 2013. The year will kick off with a special Sons and Daughters of Derry concert.

Frank Cottrell Boyce has also been commissioned to devise a performance piece on the River Foyle.

‘Superb programme’

Derry defeated stiff competition from Birmingham, Norwich and Sheffield to win the title for 2013 – the first time it has ever been awarded.

The chairman of the Culture Company, Martin Bradley, told the BBC that the city had undergone a “physical and psychological transformation”.

“We’re the first city of culture, there is no blueprint for this. All eyes are watching us to see how we do,” he said.

“A huge amount of work has gone into this over the last 18 months. It’s a superb programme.”

The event will open with a Sons and Daughters concert on the 20 January 2013 in a new purpose built building in Ebrington Square.

The concert hopes to celebrate Derry’s rich musical heritage and will be broadcast by the BBC.

The Turner Prize will be held outside England for the first time. It will be staged in the former military barracks on Ebrington Square.

via BBC News – UK City of Culture: Events announced for Derry celebration.

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  1. October 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm

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