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Derry's walls to be lit up in Illuminate festival

The Illuminate festival was launched by Derry's mayor, Graham Warke and deputy mayor, Christopher Jackson, pictured, along with Alison Leslie of Tourism NI and Assumpta O'Neill from Visit Derry.
Seamus McKinney

DERRY'S walls and key city centre buildings are to be transformed into spectacular light-artworks as part of a festival.

A trail of illuminated buildings and landmarks will be created with outdoor projections, sound and animation during the Illuminate festival which will run over two weekends in February.

The city's stories will be told through live illuminations while a `trail of light' will focus on public spaces.

It will also feature music from artists including The Henry Girls, Neil Crowley and Kila. The festival, which takes place over February 17-20 and 24-27, was launched by mayor Graham Warke and deputy mayor Christopher Jackson.

Mr Warke predicted the Illuminate festival would encourage people to visit the city while also providing a “fantastic” family spectacle.

"Illuminate will be an amazing event that will really showcase our city centre and the many iconic buildings and locations we have within it. This outdoor spectacle will allow people to take a walk through the city centre, enjoy the illuminations and soak up the atmosphere. We hope it will bring some cheer and positivity to the city after a relatively challenging time for many and help bring some business into the city centre,” Mr Warke said.

He said every effort was being made to use ambitious and curated animation to further develop and grow Derry and the north west's evening economy and to help the Covid recovery.

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