Derry, UK City of Culture

This item appears on page 69 of the January 2013 issue.

The UK’s first designated City of Culture is Derry, Northern Ireland, with more than 266 events scheduled in 2013, including sports, dance, theater, art, film, storytelling and historical reenactments. Most are free.

For example, the city will host the Highland Dance Festival in April. In August, the Derry Regatta will hold a month-long rally of traditional sailing yachts, and the Fleadh Cheoil na h’Éireann, the world’s largest festival of Irish music, will be held.

For four nights, Nov. 28-Dec. 1, “Lumiere” will feature neon lights and LEDs decking the city’s walls, streets and buildings plus art installations using huge projections or fire.

For info or any necessary tickets, visit or call the Culture Company (02871 310 560).