As over 49 European countries are preparing for the European Heritage Open Day, The Playhouse is getting ready to hoist the European Heritage flag above their newly restored, award winning buildings.
The "B1" listed buildings, which received national and international attention when they won in 2004 the N.Irish heat of BBC Restoration, and in 2010 won the UK BURA (British Urban Regeneration Award), as well as the Institute of Town Planners Regeneration and Sustainability Award, will be one of the centre pieces in the European Heritage Weekend.
"Playhouse staff have a stupendous array of events in store for the entire family this Saturday (September 8) and Sunday (September 9)" Niall McCaughan at The Playhouse said
"Affectionately known as one of the city's best kept secrets, 5-7 Artillery Street, are a group of buildings that are seeped in history, as part of the Playhouse Heritage Festival, guided tours will be taking place on Saturday (10am, 11am 12pm, 2pm 3pm). Come and discover the mysteries and wonders of what lies within 5-7 Artillery Street and reminisce along with family and friends. There will also be an exhibition on the history and significance of 5-7 Artillery Street, on display especially for Heritage Weekend!"
The Playhouse will also be hosting a free (nearly sold out) Heritage Workshop for kids on Saturday from 10:30am-12noon), 8-12 year olds will use model magic and waste materials to reconstruct the city walls.
On Sunday September 9, The Playhouse in association with The Holywell Trust through Professor Alistair Rowan, Irish architectural historian and author of ‘he Buildings of Ireland - North West Ulster' will conduct walking tours on Sunday afternoon unpacking the richness of Derry's architectural heritage and discussing some of the gems that we have lost since the 1980s. Also, Dr Brian Scott, Archaeologist and author of ‘The Great Guns that Thunder' ill lead tours focusing on the design and arming of Derry's Walls as an instrument of war.
Tours are free but tickets must be booked in advance from the Playhouse Box Office on (028)71 268027. Both sets of tours, 1pm and 3pm will depart from the Playhouse Stage Door on Artillery Street. Free refreshments will be available after each tour to allow for informal discussion and debate. Further information can be found at www.walls400.com