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Derry gets Ireland’s first Lego Brick Wonders Exhibition

Published 11/12/2015

Derry and Strabane District Council Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion, proves it’s cool to be square as she has a close encounter with the Hulk (Patrick Kealy) and Thor (Mark Doherty) in the Guildhall at the launch of the Lego Brick Wonders competition. Photo: Martin McKeown
Derry and Strabane District Council Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion, proves it’s cool to be square as she has a close encounter with the Hulk (Patrick Kealy) and Thor (Mark Doherty) in the Guildhall at the launch of the Lego Brick Wonders competition. Photo: Martin McKeown
Derry and Strabane District Council Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion, proves it’s cool to be square as she has a close encounter with the Hulk (Patrick Kealy) and Thor (Mark Doherty) in the Guildhall at the launch of the Lego Brick Wonders competition. Photo: Martin McKeown
Derry and Strabane District Council Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion, proves it’s cool to be square as she has a close encounter with the Hulk (Patrick Kealy) and Thor (Mark Doherty) in the Guildhall at the launch of the Lego Brick Wonders competition. Photo: Martin McKeown
Derry and Strabane District Council Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion, proves it’s cool to be square as she has a close encounter with the Hulk (Patrick Kealy) and Thor (Mark Doherty) in the Guildhall at the launch of the Lego Brick Wonders competition. Photo: Martin McKeown

The first Lego Brick Wonders on the island of Ireland will take place in Londonderry next year.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Elisha McCallion, described it as a massive coup for the city.

To celebrate, the council has organised a competition for people to build their own wonder Lego model — and the winner could even end up as part of the exhibition.

The event, which will open in February and run until May, is expected to attract thousands of families to the city.

The competition encourages people to make a Lego creation of their choice and is open to three age levels: six-12, 13-16 and 16 and over. The creation can be any size or shape. The closing date is January 22, 2016.

Ms McCallion said: "I am so excited that the Brick Wonders Exhibition is coming to Derry between 06 February and 02 May 2016. This is a massive coup for us and will be the first time this exhibition has ever been exhibited on the island of Ireland.

"The creator Warren Elsmore has built over 70 LEGO models and the exhibition covers not only the seven ancient wonders of the world but also seven old, modern and natural wonders. In addition to the exhibition we will have a host of events including workshops and events for people to come along and enjoy, details of which will be available shortly.

"In the interim, we are organising the Brick Wonders Competition in an effort to create awareness of the exhibition next year and to also create some excitement ahead of the event. The competition encourages competitors to make a LEGO creation of their choice and is open to three age levels – children aged 6-12; teens aged 13 to 16 and big kids and adult LEGO fans aged over 16.

"The creation can be any size or shape and must be made entirely out of LEGO and the closing date for entries is 12 noon on Friday 22 January. It’s your chance to create your own design and show your artistic and creative side and be in with a chance of winning some vouchers and get your design included in the exhibition."

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