The Playhouse would like to congratulate all involved with the successful UK City of Culture bid!
Niall Mc Caughan, General Manager of the Playhouse stated: "We were always confident that Derry would win the bid; we deserve to! It's a credit to all concerned, particularly Ilex, Derry City Council, The Strategic Investment Board, The Cultural Forum and anyone else involved in the bid; the midnight oil was burned in order to produce a winning bid. I personally always saw Derry as the Cultural Capital of the North, but now our cultural status has gone far beyond these shores. 2013, will not be a one hit wonder; the bid will set down a great foundation for a lasting legacy for the city and for N.Ireland.
A lot of great work was done in the run up to the announcement, but now the real work begins when the detail of the bid to be firmed up, and of course resourcing it. I know that I can speak not only for the Playhouse but for the entire arts community in appreciating the terrific work put into the bid, and ultimately we have always realised the unique arts offer on our doorstep. This bid is not simply about the arts sector, but it's about showcasing the best of the great talent and our beautiful historic city, which in 2013 also celebrates its 400th birthday of it's famous walls. Leaving the arts aside and putting my Chamber of Commerce hat on, this bid will act very much as catalysis for the economic regenerating of the city and the region. When Liverpool was European City of Culture in 2008, £800 million was brought into the local economy! Even if we had 10% of this it would be great.
We all look forward now not only to 2013, but beyond this as Derry will hopefully continue to build on this great achievement. The Playhouse is delighted as one of the city's flagship art projects to be part of the bid, and we look forward to playing our part in it. A job well done, but now the work begins!"