What is Droichead?
Droichead is a cross-community project which promotes inclusivity and cultural diversity through a programme of language and arts activities aimed at engaging and uniting communities.
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin was the lead partner in delivering Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013, the largest celebration of Irish traditional music in the world. During its development and throughout the event, strong links were forged with organisations from the Protestant, Unionist, Loyalist (PUL) community within the city. Most notably, the Londonderry Bands Forum worked closely with Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin during the Fleadh to ensure participation from loyalist marching bands in what became a cornerstone event of the City of Culture year.
The legacy of this groundbreaking partnership in 2013 is an ongoing collaboration with the Londonderry Bands Forum and other PUL community groups, which has led to strong cross-community participation in the International Pan Celtic Festival 2014 & 2015 and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2014 in Sligo.
The success of the project is documented in a feature film and educational resource for schools which can be accessed here.
Through the Droichead programme, we offer Irish language outreach classes especially for members of the PUL community, as well as regular cultural events and activities, to foster an on-going engagement between historically divided communities.