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Derry culture projects win £250k funding

The largest ever single investment in arts in Northern Ireland by the British Council has been awarded to City of Culture 2013 projects.

The £250,000 investment will allow the development of new work in the creative sector, locally and internationally, which is hoped will leave a lasting legacy for the city and its citizens.

The funding will also support the festival in reaching a wider |international audience. Among those benefiting is the Field Day Theatre Company.

Bringing emerging and professional talent from Derry to the rest of the UK and beyond is seen as a key priority for the council.

The Northern Ireland director of the British Council, David Alderdice, said: “We will contribute to the success of 2013 by adding an attractive international dimension that enhances content, as well as providing opportunities for the export of creative components through our global network.

“The British Council is excited to be involved with the return of the Field Day Theatre Company, which began as an artistic collaboration between playwright Brian Friel and actor Stephen Rea in 1980, and is a much anticipated moment in both the Irish and international performing arts scene.”

In another project, acclaimed artist and Derry's own son, Willie Doherty, is developing plans for a new feature film created in the city, as well as a series of new and unseen photographs.

Belfast Telegraph