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Derry~Londonderry City of Culture 2013

Date uploaded: January 21, 2013

On 31st December 2012, a pyrotechnics display marked the start of the Derry~Londonderry 2013 City of Culture year.

Throughout 2013, Derry~Londonderry will host 140 events, including the Turner Prize 2013 – which will be the first time the award has ever been held outside England and the Royal Ballet - which will be their first visit to Northern Ireland for 20 years.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the award was 'a precious gift for the peacemakers' in Northern Ireland.

Organiser Martin Bradley said: 'The way that Derry-Londonderry has come together as a team to ensure that the full potential of 2013 is realised has been truly remarkable and will ensure the maximum possible benefits for all the people of the city. As the first winners of this prestigious title, we have been pioneers, working without a blueprint and setting benchmarks for future UK cities of culture.'

The excitement began in July 2010 when the city was awarded the title ahead of rival bids from Birmingham, Norwich, and Sheffield.

Public Art Projects include:

Click here to visit the Derry City of Culture 2013 website and download the Programme.