It’s Happy Days as new website highlights Derry’s family fun experiences


A new website listing arts and culture events in the North West has been launched to provide a one-stop guide to the best family fun experiences in Derry, Strabane and Donegal.

the The website, which covers all of the region’s artistic and cultural events and experiences, is a joint initiative of Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council.

The initiative, which primarily aims to engage more families in arts and culture, is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and is part of the ongoing North West Cross-Border Audience Development Project, supported by the Northwest Strategic Development Fund. .

The comprehensive ‘What’s On’ guide involves partnerships with hundreds of cultural partners across the North West.

These include visitor centers, theaters, arts centers, entertainment venues, festival organizers and experience providers offering great family days out, from unique and exciting adventures to cultural activities. more relaxing.

The initiative also promotes and encourages public engagement and participation with cultural partners through social media.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, said the new initiative is designed to “make it easier to plan great family days out in the North West”.

He continued, “I am thrilled to launch this initiative which gives people instant access to the many fantastic arts and culture events and experiences our region has to offer – all in one online hub.

“The North West has a very rich calendar of artistic and cultural events, has a number of wonderful destinations and offers some of the most fun experiences on these islands.

“ brings all of this and more together in one online listing that makes exploring, planning and family outings simple and convenient for everyone.”

Sharon Meenan, Head of Arts and Culture at Derry City and Strabane District Council, added: “Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Challenge Fund, this initiative is part of the NW Audience Development Plan and is designed to give everyone easy access to information about arts and culture in the North West.

“By providing all the practical information on one website, it’s easier for families to find out about nearby cultural activities, connect online with like-minded people, and plan their special days in the Derry, Strabane and Donegal areas.

“Whether it’s dance, crafts, heritage, festivals, literature, theatre, visual arts, sports or learning activities you’re looking for; Happy Days offers a unique guide to what’s happening, where and when. It also details all the amazing spaces on our doorstep and highlights easy-to-access spaces so you can plan great days for everyone.

Donegal County Council’s Cathaoirleach, Councilor Jack Murray, gave his support, saying: ‘Our area offers some of the best family-oriented arts and culture experiences available anywhere and gives everyone the opportunity to find and d quickly explore the information needed to plan their perfect family day.

“The Happy Days initiative is another example of the strong partnership approach that exists between our two local authorities and will play an important role in involving many more families in our rich arts and culture scene.”


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