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Walled City Tattoo continues the City of Culture story

Stormont press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Culture Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín has attended the Wall City Tattoo in Ebrington Square, Derry.

A crowd of over 8,000 witnessed the spectacular event featuring a 600 strong cast telling the story of the city through music, song, dance and theatre.

Speaking before the event the Minister said: “It is fitting that the Walled City Tattoo, inspired by the rich heritage of the city, is being held here in one of its newest venues. The City of Culture is part of a new chapter being added to the story of Derry. It is part of the future story, that of a city with a bright future.

“Arts and culture can be vehicles for empowerment and engagement. They can act as a catalyst for change. The people of Derry have always known about the talent, vibrancy and flair they have. It is just that 2013 has showcased this to everyone else.

“The Walled City Tattoo brings together all the elements of a traditional tattoo with modern dance and drummers reflecting a new international influence. It is important that as we move towards the latter stages of 2013 we begin to reflect on the legacy that the City of Culture has brought to the City and the region. We have seen the physical transformation due to regeneration and many local businesses and the hospitality industry have seen the immediate economic boost. We must however continue to work together towards Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion and Promoting Equality.

As well as people enjoying themselves 2013 is also about how we can improve the lives of the people. It is about building on the employment, training, education, health and social returns that the year will provide to develop a legacy of benefits for years to come. This is why my department is working with project partners to ensure that a credible, comprehensive and sustainable equality and legacy plan is in place.”

Notes to editors

1. The Executive has committed over £30million to the City of Culture. £12.6million of this is from the DCAL for the cultural programme.

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