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The Verbal Arts Centre

Londonderry/Derry
The Verbal Arts Centre is an educational charity founded in 1992 and now located in the beautifully refurbished First Derry School, a listed building which occupies a prime location on the city’s walls.
 

The People's Gallery of Murals

Londonderry/Derry
The Bogside Artists® are the sole creators of the world famous People's Gallery® in the Bogside area of Derry in the North of Ireland. The twelve large scale murals are a main visitor attraction in the city.
 

The Playhouse

Londonderry/Derry
Award winning Community Art Centre featuring year round programming of local, national and international Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts and Education and Outreach. Admission charges will apply to performances held at the venue.
 

The Nerve Centre

Londonderry/Derry
The Nerve Centre is Northern Ireland’s leading creative media arts centre, boasting a wide-ranging programme of arts events, cutting edge projects, creative learning centres, training opportunities and state-of-the-art production facilities.
 

Gasyard Heritage Centre

Londonderry/Derry
The Gasyard Heritage Centre incorporates a number of exhibitions including the Story of the Prisons exhibition which chronicles the story of the 1980 and 1981 Hunger Strikes and the wider story of the hundreds of political prisoners from Derry who were incarcerated during the political conflict.
 

The Alley Arts and Conference Centre

Strabane
The Alley Arts and Conference Centre is a theatre complex, art gallery, visitor information centre and conference venue, situated in the heart of beautiful Strabane, County Tyrone and located on the gateway to County Donegal.
 

Cafe del Mondo

Londonderry/Derry
Cafe del Mondo is located in the 19th century square of Derry's charming Craft Village in between lower Shipquay Street and Magazine Street.
 

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin

Londonderry/Derry
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin is a purpose-built Irish language, cultural and arts centre based in the Walled City's historic Great James Street area. Facilities include a theatre, arts centre, conference centre and café.
 

McKinney Academy Of Irish Dance

Londonderry/Derry
Why not entertain your visitors/guests to an informal ceili evening of music, song or dance? The Academy takes bookings for performances at weddings, parties, group functions etc. Also Irish dancing classes for competition or pleasure.
 

Portrait of a City

Londonderry/Derry
Portrait of a city, in association with B.T wants to create one of the largest community archives ever compiled for the people of Derry/Londonderry, providing a valuable digital archive of visual heritage and bestowing a rich digital legacy for the future.
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Derry is undoubtedly full of many forward thinkers, so it’s no surprise to learn that we have some big ideas for the future. The opening of the 
Millennium Forum, the North West’s largest purpose built theatre, has been the catalyst for development in the arts and conference/exhibiton facilities. It launches its vibrant programme  of events appealing to a wide audience of both locals and visitors from near and far.. Indeed added to this the Playhouse Theatre and Waterside Theatre the city really is a hub for the arts. The evolving Cathedral Quarter has been earmarked for development into an area devoted to the arts, with plans for even more major development in the not too distant future.

The city takes the arts very seriously and is rightfully proud of its local artists. The city is proud ot its galleries - VOID, McGilloway and Gordon all offering something unique for art lovers. 

The Nerve Centre is a dynamic and innovative multimedia centre in the heart of the city and the Verbal Arts Centre is one of Ireland's only centres devoted to literature in all its forms.

For such a compact city, it has given the world its fair share of famous names and was once the stomping ground for a number of internationally renowned writers and performers. The much celebrated playwright Brian Friel, author of ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come!’ grew up in Derry, as did famous poet, Seamus Heaney.

It has also produced some very impressive homegrown musical talent, including Dana, Josef Locke, Phil Coulter, Neil Hannon (Divine Comedy) and The Undertones. The talent doesn’t stop there either, actors Amanda Burton (Silent Witness), Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitments) and Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel), George Farquhar and young singing stars such as Nadine Coyle (Girls Aloud), Keith Harkin (Celtic Thunder) and Damian McGinty (Star of Glee) also hail from the city.

Derry has been the home to many a saint and scholar over the years. According to legend, the great Irish Saint Colmcille/ Columba founded a monastery here in the sixth century. The city has the accolade of producing, not one, but two Nobel Prize winners. Seamus Heaney was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature and local politician, John Hume, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 and an endless number of famous artists, writers, sportspeople, scientists and authors.

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