Arts & Culture

Derry is undoubtedly full of many forward thinkers, so it’s no surprise to learn that we have some big ideas for the future. The opening of the Millennium Forum, the North West’s largest purpose built theatre, has been the catalyst for development in the arts and conference/exhibiton facilities. It launches its vibrant programme of events appealing to a wide audience of both locals and visitors from near and far. Indeed added to this the Playhouse Theatre and Waterside Theatre the city really is a hub for the arts. The evolving Cathedral Quarter has been earmarked for development into an area devoted to the arts, with plans for even more major development in the not too distant future.

The city takes the arts very seriously and is rightfully proud of its local artists. The city is proud ot its galleries - VOID, McGilloway and Gordon all offering something unique for art lovers.

The Nerve Centre is a dynamic and innovative multimedia centre in the heart of the city and the Verbal Arts Centre is one of Ireland's only centres devoted to literature in all its forms.

For such a compact city, it has given the world its fair share of famous names and was once the stomping ground for a number of internationally renowned writers and performers. The much celebrated playwright Brian Friel, author of ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come!’ grew up in Derry, as did famous poet, Seamus Heaney.

It has also produced some very impressive homegrown musical talent, including Dana, Josef Locke, Phil Coulter, Neil Hannon (Divine Comedy) and The Undertones. The talent doesn’t stop there either, actors Amanda Burton (Silent Witness), Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitments) and Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel), George Farquhar and young singing stars such as Nadine Coyle (Girls Aloud), Keith Harkin (Celtic Thunder) and Damian McGinty (Star of Glee) also hail from the city.

Derry has been the home to many a saint and scholar over the years. According to legend, the great Irish Saint Colmcille/ Columba founded a monastery here in the sixth century. The city has the accolade of producing, not one, but two Nobel Prize winners. Seamus Heaney was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature and local politician, John Hume, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 and an endless number of famous artists, writers, sportspeople, scientists and authors.


Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin is a £4million, purpose-built Irish language, cultural and enterprise centre based in the Walled City's historic Great James Street area. It acts as a hub for a variety of different cultural and arts organisations throughout the Northwest region. 

An impressive adddition to the city's skyline, it has become a beacon for language and culture enthusiasts, greatly enhancing access to services and facilities for the city’s Irish speaking community. It is also a symbol of the ongoing economic regeneration of the city.

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin includes a 200 seat theatre, a multi-purpose arts centre and conference centre. The in house Caife offers an impressive home baked and deli range, as well as a traditional Irish lunch menu. The produce is locally sourced and home made, with some sourced in the Cultúrlann's own roof garden.

address: 37 Great James Street, Derry, BT48 7DB
phone number: +44 (028) 7126 4132


The City Centre Garden of Reflection project is a partnership between Inner City Trust (lead partner), Derry City Council and DiverseCity Community Partnership. The project is funded by the PEACE III Programme through the European Union’s Regional Development Fund managed by the Special EU PRogrammes Body.

Delivery of a programme of events to prepare for and animate the Garden of Reflection. the programme will include a Lunchtime Events programme, visits to the city from a range of Chairs of Learning, the development of a Story Corp booth and the facilitation of a number of events at the Garden Space.

address: address: 37 Great James Street, Derry, BT48 7DB
phone number: +44(028) 7126 0329


CCA presents six exhibitions a year featuring Irish and international artists. Recent artists have included Benedict Drew, Sarah Pierce, Ciara Phillips, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Rana Hamadeh and Conor McFeely. CCA also offers an active public programme of talks, events and workshops for specialist arts audiences and the general public. Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry fosters a wide range of artistic, curatorial and critical practices through five interrelated streams: on-site exhibitions, off-site projects, public programmes, editions, and in- and outbound residencies. Located in the Cathedral Quarter within the historic city walls, CCA activities aims to connect the region with the rest of the world.

address: address: 10-12 Artillery Street, Derry, BT48 6RG
phone number: +44(028) 7137 3538

The Verbal Arts Centre

The Verbal Arts Centre is an educational charity founded in 1992 and now located in the beautifully refurbished First Derry School, a listed building which occupies a prime location on the city’s walls. The Verbal Arts Centre is Ireland’s only centre devoted to literature and the language arts.

address: address: Bishop Street Within, Derry BT48 6PU
phone number: +44 (028)7126 6946

Gasyard Heritage Centre

The Gasyard Heritage Centre incorporates a number of exhibitions including the Story of the Prisons exhibition which chronicles the story of the 1980 and 1981 Hunger Strikes and the wider story of the hundreds of political prisoners from Derry who were incarcerated during the political conflict.

The exhibition contains rare artefacts and storyboards explaining the prisons situation from the beginning of the ‘Troubles’ right through the peace process. In addition the 'Columba to Conflict' exhibition charts the history of the Bogside from the early christian period right through to the beginning of the Troubles.The Gasyard Trust also administers Free Derry Tours, the only tour guiding company in Derry which specialises in explaining the history of the Troubles in the famous ‘Free Derry’ area of Bogside, Brandywell and Creggan. Learn about the Battle of the Bogside, Bloody Sunday and the Hunger Strikes from those who were directly involved in the political conflict. Both the heritage centre and tours are ideal for school groups studying the political conflict.

address: address: 128 Lecky Road, Brandywell, Derry, BT48 7NP
phone number: +44 (028) 7126 2812



The Playhouse

Historically home to St. Mary's convent and St. Joseph's school in the 19th and early 20th century, the award-winning Playhouse Theatre is based in Artillery Street and was established in 1992 with a grant of just £300. Since then it has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading award-winning multi-disciplinary Community Art Resource Centres based on a neutral site within the city centre. It is a self-help, grass roots, bottom-up community development project which is people centred and has charitable status.

address: address: 5-7 Artillery Street, Derry, BT48 6RG
phone number: +44(028) 7126 8027

Millennium Forum

Built just inside the walled area on Newmarket Street is the Millennium Forum, opened in 2001. The first purpose built theatre in the city it has seating for 1000 and has the largest theatre stage in Ireland.

The Millennium Forum offers a challenging and vibrant programme of events from drama to dance, comedy to musicals and light entertainment to children’s shows. The North West’s leading entertainment venue, the Millennium Forum offers a challenging and vibrant programme of events, from drama to dance, comedy to musicals and light entertainment to children‘s shows. 

We also have the largest conference and exhibition facility in the North West which operates to the highest national and international standards. 

address: address: Newmarket Street, Derry, BT48 6EB
phone number: +44(028) 7126 4455

St Columb’s Hall

St Columbs Hall was built in 1886, this architecturally stunning building is situated in the heart of the city next to Derry’s city walls. This historic listed building will undergo major refurbishment to convert the space into a multi-purpose facility yet retaining the venue’s original character. The main auditorium can accommodate up to 860 people, this elegant space is the perfect backdrop for gala dinners, award presentations or key note speeches.

address: address: Orchard Street, Derry, Derry, BT48 6EG
phone number: +44(028) 7126 6676


An attraction in its own right for both visitors and locals,

The Canopy in the Village Square, situate in The Craft Village, is a multipurpose, flexible outdoor performance space, creating a new cultural venue in the heart of the city.

It opens up the possibilities of hosting events on an all year round basis and is an ideal venue for corporate, cultural and community entertainment.

address: address: 18 Magazine Street, Derry, BT48 6HH
phone number: +44(028) 7126 0329

Art Gallerys

The People’s Gallery of Murals

The Bogside Artists® are the sole creators of the world famous People’s Gallery® in the Bogside area of Derry in the North of Ireland. The twelve large scale murals are a main visitor attraction in the city.

Tom Kelly, his brother William and their mutual friend Kevin Hasson have been working on their murals project since late 1993 when he group formed.  Older and wiser now, they see their work as commemorative.  Theirs is a public art after all, dealing with subject matter that goes far beyond mere aesthetics or the values of the dilettante. It is designed to educate, commemorate and edify.

These three muralists have created The People’s Gallery . This is a series of large-scale murals depicting the key events in the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ that began in October 1968. The twelve wall-paintings span the entire length of Rossville Street in the heart of The Bogside and constitute an official tourist site that is unique. Thousands of visitors, from all over the world, flock to posters etc The Bogside each year. Close by, is The Bogside Artists’ Studio and Gallery, a popular venue for tourists and locals alike.

address: address: Bogside, Derry, BT48


Void is a contemporary visual arts gallery that presents innovative and challenging exhibitions by Irish and International artists Integral to the gallery is the Void Engage programme, which places participation, engagement and learning at the heart of Void, making contemporary visual art accessible to visitors of all ages.

Void was founded in 2005 by a group of Derry artists called (DADA) Derry Artists for Derry’s Art. The gallery was situated in the downstairs of The Old City Shirt Factory until 2013 when it moved upstairs to a refurbished space. 

Void has established an international reputation for its wide-ranging and challenging exhibitions. 

address: address: Old City Factory, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL
phone number: +44(028) 7130 8080


Warehouse Gallery is a contemporary Irish Art Gallery situated beside the Guildhall in Londonderry. The Gallery is dedicated to working in partnership with artists to promote their work. We present a series of mainly Irish art from leading and emerging artists from both north and south and also further afield. Artists included are Melita Denaro, Marty Kelly, Brian Ferran, Terry Coyle, Patrick Bradley, Denise Farran and Mary Christie in addition to many others.

address: address: 1-3 Guildhall Street, Derry, BT48 6BB
phone number: +44 (028) 71 360547

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