An tAcadamh Ceoil
The refurbishment and development of the Presbyterian Church and Manse at 33a-35 Great James Street, as an Acadamh Ceoil Thraidisiúnta and an Arts and Performance space, at a cost of £1.2m, to be completed in 2015.
Since the opening of Cultúrlann Ui Chanáin in 2009 there has been a huge increase in the demand for Irish language classes. There has been a similar increase in traditional music classes. A lack of space and the high demand means that the number of classes is restricted.
Following the success of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013, there has been an even greater demand leading to the proposal that an Academy of Traditional Irish Music be established as a legacy to the Fleadh. This will enhance the availability of music, song and dance classes.
The Academy will have the following aims:
- To provide business development units in the former church
- To provide facilities for individual artists
- To enhance Derry’s reputation as a ‘City of Music’
- To further develop the Gaeltacht Quarter in the district
- To contribute to the city’s tourism strategy.
Derry International Irish Music Festival
In February 2016 Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin launches a new festival of Irish music with the following aims and objectives:
- To establish a flagship folk and acoustic music festival in Ireland
- To contribute to Derry’s City of Culture legacy and strengthen its status as a city that hosts events of international cultural significance
- To generate international tourism in Derry city during off-peak season
- To add to the growth of the Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin and the Cultural Quarter in Derry.
The development of the groups former premises at 34 Great James Street, as an Irish-language hotel, with 12 en- suite double rooms.
The purchase and development of another premises at Great James Street, Halla na nGael, in partnership with University of Ulster Magee, for Irish-speaking student accommodation.
The creation of a Cultural Quarter in Great James Street, comprising Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, An tAcadamh Ceoil, Halla na nGael and the Irish language hotel.
The creation of a Gaeltacht Quarter in Bogside, Brandywell and Creggan. Work has begun on a comprehensive survey of the Gaeltacht Quarter to assess the demand and requirements of the area and to encourage active participation among the area’s residents. Work continues with local businesses to promote the use of bilingual signage in the Quarter, and with the Gaelscoileanna throughout the city to foster a sense of pride among the children.