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Derry/Lononderry UK City of Culture

UK City of Culture is a success but what does “success” mean? Greater transparency is needed

Sat 22 June 2013, 2:18pm

Tweet What is UK City of Culture delivering for Londonderry and Derry for the rest of us?  My fitful browsing and searches in journalism and the written public record doesn’t tell us much. No doubt there’s a buzz about the place with the opening of Ebrington Square and the Peace Bridge. You only need the […] more »

UK City of Culture rocks for Radio 1 Big Weekend

Sat 25 May 2013, 7:09pm

Tweet   I’ve  just been watching the video stream of Day Two of the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Derry for a few hours, on and off. (I fess up. My daughter is an executive producer of the event.  For variety during the cultural initiation I opened up other windows to sound off in Slugger about political […] more »

Expect an influx of social energisers and culturally curious tourists in 2013 … as well as the G8 leaders

Wed 5 December 2012, 6:08pm
Niall Gibbons Arlene Foster

Tweet Slugger readers in Great Britain who fall into the marketing segments of “social energisers” and “culturally curious” should expect to see adverts tempting them across the shuck Irish Sea in 2013 to “explore the landscapes, history and culture we have on offer”. social energisers = 18-34, no kids; heavy social networkers; often living in […] more »

UK City of Culture launched with confidence and flair

Sat 27 October 2012, 12:54pm

Tweet     Aside from our own unique brand of cynicism, there is bound to be angst on a smaller scale to that which foreshadowed the London 2012 Olympics. For Derry, the word “transformational “ is already familiar and will soon be overworked.  But transformed  already is what will become the main events venue, the old Ebrington […] more »

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