Things to do in Derry: Something a little different


Things to do in Derry: Something a little different

So, you’re probably reading this on a phone or tablet, scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, but, it’s time to step away from the screen and take in some of what’s on offer in Derry/Londonderry! The Airporter team have put their heads together to come up with some suggestions on something different to do in our lovely City.


The Arts

Although the sun was shining for a while, the rain has made itself known once again. Here are some ideas of things to see and do if you can’t get outdoors.

There are some beautiful and emotive exhibitions and events to take in. We recommend checking these out while you can.



Colin Davidson’s Acclaimed Exhibition Silent Testimony 
Where: Nerve Visual Gallery
When: 28 Jun – 16 Sep

Silent Testimony, a moving exhibition of portraits produced by internationally renowned artist Colin Davidson, is being shown in the North West for the first time, at Nerve Visual Gallery.
The exhibition features eighteen large-scale portraits of people who are connected by their individual experiences of loss suffered through the Troubles. It opens to the public on Saturday 23 June.


Colin Davidson

Colin Davidson, Silent Testimony (Source: Nerve Centre) 





At the Gates of the Music Palace – Alex Cecchetti
Where: The Void Gallery
When: 4 Aug – 22 Sep

At the Gates of the Music Palace is conceived as a 3-dimensional music concert; the different sound pieces will be set in order to respond and resonate to each other and constitute a kind of composition. Music Palace exploits the logic of exhibitions to create an environment that accompanies the spectator in an unexpected sensory pathway.


Alex Cecchetti

Source: Derry Void 




Derry/Londonderry is well known for its huge Halloween Carnival, but we have many other extra special events in the run up to the big event.


Carnival of Colours
Where: St Columb’s Park
When: 01 & 02 Sep
The North-West’s best Circus, Arts and Music Festival is BACK in St. Columb’s Park for the 11th year! This year promises to be the best-est, most circus-y yet with TWO Big Top Tents filled with lots of international circus shows including plenty of fun entertainment for all ages. See the full programme of events here.


Carnival of colours

Source: In your space circus





Culture Night
Where: Various Venues
When: 21 Sep
Enjoy a late night of free cultural events across the City and District on Culture Night. Culture Night is an annual public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year, it will take place on Friday 21st September 2018. Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy.


Culture Night Derry

Source: Derry City & Strabane District Council




City of Derry International Choir Festival
Where: Various Venues
When: 24-28 Oct
A joyous celebration of choral music-making, the festival provides opportunities for competitive and non-competitive participation for singers across a wide range of styles, ensembles and ages.
School, national and international choirs are invited to take part in a range of competitions across the five-day festival including Equal Voice, Mixed Voice, Youth, Sacred, Popular, Jazz & Gospel, and Vocal Ensemble categories.

Derry choir festival

Source: City of Derry International Choir Festival