September 14th, 2012 | Tags: Derry, Londonderry, UK City of Culture,

Welcome to Derry, the first UK City of Culture

In July 2012 Derry, also known as Londonderry, made history by being named the first ever UK City of Culture for 2013. The city will celebrate its culture and all that it is proud of with local residents and visitors for a year. Derry's nomination to be the UK’s first City of Culture, which it will remain until 2014, has already filled the city with great excitement. It is hoped that this will go a long way towards affirming peace in the region, helping to consign the past troubles to history. The new chapter unfolding for Derry may well leave a positive legacy for the whole city that will last for many years to come. Plans for the year long celebrations are underway and already a preview programme has been issued.

History of scheme

The UK City of Culture scheme has been developed to mirror the European Union’s Capital of Culture scheme, which Liverpool was nominated to be in 2008. The success of Liverpool’s nomination, in terms of the positive economic and social impact it had on the city, was the reason the Department for Culture, Media and Sport took the decision to introduce a similar scheme to the UK. It is expected that the nominated city will receive an economic boost similar to what Liverpool got in 2008.

City pics