Next year’s UK City of Culture was chosen for its calendar of cultural events in 2013, during which Derry/Londonderry will also celebrate the 400th anniversary of its city walls. And, as if that wasn’t enough, it will also host next October’s prestigious Turner Prize, which is seen on TV around the world.
The impressive redevelopment of the historic walled city is described as “undergoing a renaissance”, while Lonely Planet’s Tom Hall said: “Derry is a brilliant example of a city that has bounced back from difficult times. This is a city with heart, which shines through in its exciting arts and music scene.”
We couldn’t agree more – Sugahfix was fully behind the City of Culture campaign in 2010, adding twibbons to our profile pics on Twitter and Facebook and rustling up support for the campaign whereever we could and tweeting enthusiastcally with the hashtag #derry2013
Local designer Una Rodden is another Maiden City fan: “Growing up in Buncrana we would head into Derry on a Saturday to go shopping and get all our new clothes, so Derry does have a special place in my heart. It’s a really vibrant city and the people are so welcoming and so friendly – it’s the culture of the people of the area as much as the cultural experiences.”
Best in Travel 2013 (£9.99 from bookstores) highlights the Top 10 countries, regions and cities to visit in the year ahead.
The destinations are selected because they are up-and-coming, have something special happening next year or simply because there’s a real buzz about the place – and we have to say that Derry/Londonderry scores a hat-trick there!
Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities to visit in 2013:
San Francisco, USA
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Christchurch, New Zealand
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Puerto Iguazú, Argentina
You can check out Derry/Londonderry’s City of Culture happenings at www.cityofculture2013.com.