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The Verbal Arts Centre

Londonderry/Derry
The Verbal Arts Centre is Ireland’s only centre devoted to literature and the language arts. Integrated within the building are a number of arts and crafts pieces including works by Louis Le Brocquy and John Behan
 

The Playhouse

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

The Nerve Centre

Londonderry/Derry
The Nerve Centre has been described as 'One of the most dynamic and innovative multi-media centres in the British Isles'. The Oscar nominated centre is housed in a new state of the art building .
 

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.
 

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.
 

Millennium Forum

Londonderry/Derry
Built just inside the walled area on Newmarket Street is the Millennium Forum, opened in 2001. The first purpose built theatre in the city it has seating for 1000 and has the largest theatre stage in Ireland.
 

Gordon Gallery

Londonderry/Derry
The Gordon Gallery has been associated with visual art in Derry since c1860 and exhibits work of contemporary, mostly Irish artists with national and international reputations.
 

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin

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

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.
 

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry

Londonderry/Derry
Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry fosters a wide range of artistic, curatorial and critical practices through five interrelated streams: on-site exhibitions, off-site projects, public programmes, editions, and in- and outbound residencies
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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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