Derry City Excited To Be Hosting World Renowned Events

Illuminate. A spectacular display of light and music will be a beacon for visitors to Derry this month. The city kicks off a series of events to entertain locals and visitors alike. It will see carnivals and festivals taking place each month right through to the summer. 

Derry City Excited To Be Hosting World Renowned Events

It will showcase the ‘Story of Derry’ through a trail of light displays, animations, and music sessions in intimate venues. Illuminate will finish in a series of live experiences which will turn the iconic buildings of the Walled City into spectacular pieces of art. 

The festival runs over two weekends from February 17-20 and February 24-27. It will feature a series of gigs with artists such as Kila, Neil Cowley and The Henry Girls. 

Kila – pictured at the Temple Bar Tradfest 2022 – photo Joan Scales

Derry Girls

Derry rose to fame when hit series ‘Derry Girls’ appeared on our screens, and with the third season launching in April of this year. Lovers of Derry Girls can follow Erin, Orla, Clare, Michelle and James through the spangled streets.

There’s a Derry Girls-themed tea, cream horns and all, at the Everglades Hotel. Or try a pint in the Walled City Brewery, and see the huge mural of the cast near Badgers Bar. This part of Northern Ireland has an abundance of attractions for visitors from the Republic of Ireland. 

Derry Girls Afternoon Tea in the Everglades Hotel

Discover Northern Ireland has put together a calendar of events taking place in Derry following the Illuminate festival. 

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  • A spectacular live show and multimedia installation celebrating our connections to everything around us. The event takes audiences on a spell-binding journey through 13.8billion years of history from the Big Bang to the present day. 

St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival: March 17 

  • St Patrick’s Day celebrations return after a two-year absence. There will be more than 500 participants in the parade. Derry’s Guildhall Square area will be transformed with animations, cutting-edge projections and a new score by composer Nitin Sawney performed by local choirs. 

Derry is just over three hours from Dublin. The city is steeped in history with a rich culture and is a gateway to the awe-inspiring beauty of the Causeway Coast.

The details of what will be on in City of Derry can be found here.

Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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