New Year’s Eve’s spectacular firework display in Derry-Londonderry at 20:13 marked the start of the Northern Ireland city’s year-long reign as the UK’s City of Culture.
It was the largest firework display the city had ever staged and took place against the backdrop of St Columb’s Park and the iconic Peace Bridge.
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said: “2013 is shaping up to be a massively exciting year for Derry-Londonderry and for the UK as a whole. Their program of events promises to be hugely entertaining and contains something for everyone. It will build on the phenomenal success of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and show once again the depth and range of our cultural excellence.”
A world-class programme
Last year Derry-Londonderry announced a world-class programme for 2013, including:
- the Turner Prize presented outside England for the first time
- a new commission by the London Symphony Orchestra
- award-winning choreographer Hofesh Shechter
- the return of Field Day
- a new play by American playwright Sam Shepard
- local Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney
- the first visit to Northern Ireland of the Royal Ballet for over a decade