Official tourism website for Visit Derry
En

Chai and Chat at Void

Void Gallery, 10 Waterloo Place, Derry~Londonderry, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6BU
Chai & Chat

About

Void want Derry's growing multicultural communities to be reflected in their social spaces. So, in February, Void Gallery will debut a new programme called Chai and Chat, in which they will serve Chai (tea) and encourage people to use the gallery as a social meeting space.

An event inspired by the Derry City and Strabane District Council's Welcome Spaces initiative. Their first event will invite Derry women and those who identify as women to the gallery, where their Head of Public Programmes Sara, who is also new to Derry, will brew Chai (tea) for those attending.

"Arriving in Derry for the first time towards the end of 2022, invited an opportunity for me to get to know the local community, but I didn't really know where to start. In my first few weeks in Derry, I listened for various accents and languages and realised how diverse the city was, all intermingled. Drinking tea with someone and learning another man's language are two things that have always helped us break down barriers in society.

Nelson Mandela said: "If you communicate to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head, when you speak to him in his own language, it touches his heart".

The cold weather fuelled a desire for warmth and connection. Since I didn't feel comfortable going to pubs alone, I looked for sites where people from various walks of life might meet, but I couldn't really locate any.

Chai, which is a name for tea in numerous languages, is made in the Indian subcontinent by blending milk with spiced black tea. It is a staple in my family; and the first thing my mother serves me when I walk in, Chai, is one of the most poignant markers of my Pakistani ancestry. As a sign of hospitality, it creates sentiments of kinship, ties people to their humanity, and brings comfort.

With these considerations in mind, I'd like to invite people to join me for chai at the Void Gallery at various points throughout the year." - Sara Bint Moneer Khan, Head of Public Programmes at Void.

Book Tickets Online

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Season (16 Feb 2023)
DayTimes
Thursday18:00

What's Nearby

  1. Void is a contemporary art gallery that commissions and produces a visual arts programme…

    0.04 miles away
  2. The Visit Derry Pass is the Official Sightseeing ticket for the Walled City of…

    0.04 miles away
  3. Take a seat in our small theatre in our Visitor Information Centre and enjoy hearing all…

    0.04 miles away
  1. The Tower Museum houses two permanent exhibitions: The Story of Derry and An Armada…

    0.07 miles away
  2. The collection includes the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly awarded to John Hume and Sir…

    0.1 miles away
  3. Fashioned in neo-gothic style, the Guildhall is one of the most striking buildings in the…

    0.1 miles away
  4. Pilot's Row Youth & Community Centre is based in based in the city centre and hold…

    0.12 miles away
  5. Look for the items we have hidden on the Walls and count them. The come back to Nine…

    0.13 miles away
  6. Explore the Blue Coat School Heritage Centre and discover the compelling, and often…

    0.19 miles away
  7. The museum is a public space where the concept of Free Derry can be explored in both…

    0.19 miles away
  8. The City Centre Garden of Reflection project is a partnership between Inner City Trust,…

    0.2 miles away
  9. Located near the historic City Walls on the grounds of Saint Columba's Church (Long…

    0.21 miles away
  10. The new Siege Museum and Exhibition is a permanent display of the history of the Siege of…

    0.22 miles away
  11. The Peace Bridge has become an integral part of the city’s infrastructure and is held in…

    0.22 miles away
  12. St Columb's Hall is a Grade A listed building built in 1886, and located in Derry's City…

    0.23 miles away
  13. Get yourself down to Badger's Bar where you'll find the infamous Derry Girls mural, one…

    0.24 miles away
Previous Next

Map & Directions

View Maps and Visitor Guides
View of what Derry-Londonderry has to offer and some of the best things to see and do during a visit.
E-newsletter sign up
Sign up for the Visit Derry newsletter for inspiration and travel tips.
Back to Top

Tourism Northern Ireland

Sign Video

Don't Miss