Illuminate Festival aims to shine a light on the events that have shaped the unique story of Derry, a city that has been forged through a millennium of adventure, endurance, imagination and endeavour. Over two weekends the festival will see the city filled with stunning installations that will light up some of the City’s most iconic sites, using the latest digital technology, projection, sound and animation to weave a compelling tale of tragedy and triumph of its history.
Alongside the light installations the festival will showcase the wonderful music talent that comes from our shores. The festival have teamed up several organisations to put on some incredible gigs. The festival runs between 17th – 20th & 24th -27th February 2022.
Their collaboration with Music Capital sees performances from Kila, Neil Cowley, The Henry Girls, Ciaran Lavery, Aoife Scott, ROE, Rosborough, Maria Kelly and many more.
Meanwhile the Nerve Centre will host their own series of events and gigs during the festival. Highlights of their programme include Paul Connolly (front man of the Wood Burning Savages) leading a conversation through 100 years of protest music, with a focus on the power of lyrics and how as the world around us may change, the power and need for protest music remains as strong as ever. While highly regarded folk artists Dani Larkin will showcase her critically acclaimed album ‘Notes of a Maiden Warrior’ and then sit down with her audience for a Q&A.