Welcome to Maiden City Festival 2015

The Maiden City Festival – bringing the old city to life through music, dance, theatre and pageant. Now in its 18th year, the Maiden City Festival returns once again with our exciting mix of entertainment throughout the week and some new highlights for 2015. We expect over 40,000 people to see or take part in some aspect of the Festival over its 8 days and aim to bring the old city back to life through music, dance, theatre and pageant.

Festival Genres

The Festival Programme encompases many genres - so you should find something to suit your fancy!

Music

From Bluegrass,Folk and Traditional - to Showbands and Flute Bands!

Dance

Competitive Highland dancing through to old fashioned tea-time dancing.

Living History Theatre

Characters from the siege and beyond, on the Walls all week long.

Special Events

From Street Art - to Street Theatre and Sailing.

Tours, Exhibitions and Talks

Lectures on the subject of the Siege

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME AVAILABLE HERE FOR DOWNLOAD

Festival programme available to download here
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Festival Events

Events listed in chronological order - use filter below to sort events by Genre

BLUEGRASS

On the Walls

BlueGrass on the walls

When: SAT 01 AUG 1-4pm

Where: Walls

Details: Featuring King Blue, SAY WHAT, The Down and out Bluegrass Band, The White Mansions, Cool Hand String Band.

SIEGE TALES

On the Walls

Siege Tales

When: SAT 01 AUG 10am - 4pm

Where: Various locations around the Walls

Stories acted out from day to day Siege life.

THE SIEGE STORY

Traditional Highland Dancing

THE SIEGE STORY

When: SAT 01 AUG 12pm | 2pm | 4pm

Where: St Columbs Cathedral

Dramatic Tales acted out in the Cathedral

SKIRL OF THE PIPES

Traditional Dancing on the Walls

SKIRL OF THE PIPES

When: SAT 01 AUG 10am - 4pm

Where: Grand Parade

Details: Tradidtional Music and Dance on the Walls

OLDTIME BLUEGRASS CONCERT

Traditional Dancing on the Walls

OLDTIME BLUEGRASS CONCERT

When: SAT 01 AUG 8:30pm - 11:30pm

Where: Memorial Hall

Details: Bluegrass Concert

BLUEGRASS BRUNCH

Traditional Dancing on the Walls

BLUEGRASS BRUNCH

When: SUN 02 AUG 1pm - 6pm

Where: The Craft Village Square

Details: Bluegrass Concert

SIEGE TALES

On the Walls

Siege Tales

When: MON 03 AUG 10am - 4pm

Where: Various locations around the Walls

Stories acted out from day to day Siege life.

THE ART OF WAR

Exhibition on WWI

THE ART OF WAR

When: MON 03 AUG 10am - 4pm

Where: 1st Derry Church

Details: Exhibition on World War 1

THE SIEGE STORY

Traditional Highland Dancing

THE SIEGE STORY

When: SAT 01 AUG 12pm | 2pm | 4pm

Where: St Columbs Cathedral

Dramatic Tales acted out in the Cathedral

SKIRL OF THE PIPES

Traditional Dancing on the Walls

SKIRL OF THE PIPES

When: MON 03 AUG 10am - 4pm

Where: Grand Parade

Details: Tradidtional Music and Dance on the Walls

CULTURE BITES

Lunchtime Cafe Music

CULTURE BITES

When: MON 03 AUG 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Where: Cafes throughout the Walled City

Details: Austin's Cafe Sharon Carroll & Tom Watson
Bloom's cafe Kate O'Callaghan
Cafe del Mondo Shazdel
Cafe Nervosa Darren Hill & The Poison Oaks
Cafe Soul Acoustic Collective
Claude's Cafe Ruairi OHare
Java Cafe Emma Lusby
Molly's Cafe Johnny Cordner
Sandwich Co. Susie Blue

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE

Afternoon dancing to oldtime classics

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE

When: MON 03 AUG 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Where: The Memorial Hall

Details: To be confirmed

ULSTER SCOTS MUSIC NIGHT

An Evening of Ulster Scots Music

ULSTER SCOTS MUSIC NIGHT

When: MON 03 AUG 8:30pm - 11:30pm

Where: The Memorial Hall

Details: To be confirmed

SIEGE TALES

On the Walls

Siege Tales

When: TUE 04 AUG 10am - 4pm

Where: Various locations around the Walls

Stories acted out from day to day Siege life.

THE ART OF WAR

Exhibition on WWI

THE ART OF WAR

When: TUE 04 10am - 4pm

Where: 1st Derry Church

Details: Exhibition on World War 1

THE SIEGE STORY

Traditional Highland Dancing

THE SIEGE STORY

When: TUE 04 AUG 12pm | 2pm | 4pm

Where: St Columbs Cathedral

Dramatic Tales acted out in the Cathedral

SKIRL OF THE PIPES

Traditional Dancing on the Walls

SKIRL OF THE PIPES

When: TUE 04 AUG 10am - 4pm

Where: Grand Parade

Details: Tradidtional Music and Dance on the Walls

CULTURE BITES

Lunchtime Cafe Music

CULTURE BITES

When: TUE 04 AUG 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Where: Cafes throughout the Walled City

Austin's Cafe Gribbin Girls
Bloom's cafe Comrade Hat
Cafe del Mondo Leila Jane
Cafe Nervosa Brian Hassan
Cafe Soul Blue Valentine
Claude's Cafe Tommy McNulty

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE

Afternoon dancing to oldtime classics

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE

When: TUE 04 AUG 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Where: The Memorial Hall

Details: To be confirmed

KIDS NIGHT

Music and Dancing for the Wains

KIDS NIGHT

When: TUE 04 AUG 8pm - 10:15pm

Where: The Memorial Hall

Details: To be confirmed

FIREWORKS NIGHT

Fireworks Display

FIREWORKS NIGHT

When: TUE 04 AUG 10:15 - 10:30pm

Where: The Memorial Hall

Details: To be confirmed

SIEGE TALES

On the Walls

Siege Tales

When: WED 05 AUG 10am - 4pm

Where: Various locations around the Walls

Stories acted out from day to day Siege life.

THE ART OF WAR

Exhibition on WWI

THE ART OF WAR

When: WED 05 10am - 4pm

Where: 1st Derry Church

Details: Exhibition on World War 1

THE SIEGE STORY

Traditional Highland Dancing

THE SIEGE STORY

When: WED 05 AUG 12pm | 2pm | 4pm

Where: St Columbs Cathedral

Dramatic Tales acted out in the Cathedral

SKIRL OF THE PIPES

Traditional Dancing on the Walls

SKIRL OF THE PIPES

When: WED 05 AUG 10am - 4pm

Where: Grand Parade

Details: Tradidtional Music and Dance on the Walls

CULTURE BITES

Lunchtime Cafe Music

CULTURE BITES

When: WED 05 AUG 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Where: Cafes throughout the Walled City

Austin's Cafe Ciaran McElhinney Bloom's cafe Michael E. Thomas
Cafe del Mondo Lyndsay Crothers
Cafe Nervosa DANI
Cafe Soul Mark Black
Claude's Cafe Jim Rainey
Java Cafe Louis McTeggart
Molly's Cafe Fil Campbell &Tom McFarlan
Sandwich Co. Gavin Ferris

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE

Afternoon dancing to oldtime classics

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE

When: WED 05 AUG 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Where: The Memorial Hall

Details: To be confirmed

SIEGE TALES

On the Walls

Siege Tales

When: THUR 06 AUG 10am - 4pm

Where: Various locations around the Walls

Stories acted out from day to day Siege life.

THE ART OF WAR

Exhibition on WWI

THE ART OF WAR

When: THUR 06 10am - 4pm

Where: 1st Derry Church

Details: Exhibition on World War 1

THE SIEGE STORY

Traditional Highland Dancing

THE SIEGE STORY

When: THUR 06 AUG 12pm | 2pm | 4pm

Where: St Columbs Cathedral

Dramatic Tales acted out in the Cathedral

SKIRL OF THE PIPES

Traditional Dancing on the Walls

SKIRL OF THE PIPES

When: THUR 06 AUG 10am - 4pm

Where: Grand Parade

Details: Tradidtional Music and Dance on the Walls

CULTURE BITES

Lunchtime Cafe Music

CULTURE BITES

When: THUR 06 AUG 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Where: Cafes throughout the Walled City

Austin's Cafe Sound Connection
Bloom's cafe Sister Ghost
Cafe del Mondo Aidan Logan
Cafe Nervosa Kris D Marsden
Cafe Soul Souled Out
Claude's Cafe Juma
Java Cafe Him and the Girl
Molly's Cafe Anna Nolan Duo
Sandwich Co. Great WhiteLies

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE

Afternoon dancing to oldtime classics

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE

When: THUR 06 AUG 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Where: The Memorial Hall

Details: To be confirmed

Archaeology Dig

A Chance to unveil some History at first hand.

Archaeology Dig

When: THUR 06 AUG 10:30am - 4:00pm

Where: Grand Parade

Details: Meet outside the Mem

The Mountjoy Challange

A Sailing event

The Mountjoy Challange

When: THUR 06 AUG 4:30pm - 6pm

Where: River & Council Jetty

Details: Meet outside the Mam

Omagh Protestant Boys

Flute Band

Omagh Protestant Boys

When: THUR 06 AUG 8:30pm - 10:30pm

Where: The Memorial Hall

Amy Gardiner

Singer Songwriter

Amy Gardiner

When: THUR 06 AUG 10:30pm - 12:00am

Where: The Memorial Hall

The emerging talent of Amy Gardiner joins the festival for a late-night performance.l

SIEGE TALES

On the Walls

Siege Tales

When: FRI 07 AUG 10am - 4pm

Where: Various locations around the Walls

Stories acted out from day to day Siege life.

THE ART OF WAR

Exhibition on WWI

THE ART OF WAR

When: FRI 07 10am - 4pm

Where: 1st Derry Church

Details: Exhibition on World War 1

THE SIEGE STORY

Traditional Highland Dancing

THE SIEGE STORY

When: FRI 07 AUG 12pm | 2pm | 4pm

Where: St Columbs Cathedral

Dramatic Tales acted out in the Cathedral

SKIRL OF THE PIPES

Traditional Dancing on the Walls

SKIRL OF THE PIPES

When: FRI 07 AUG 10am - 4pm

Where: Grand Parade

Details: Tradidtional Music and Dance on the Walls

CULTURE BITES

Lunchtime Cafe Music

CULTURE BITES

When: FRI 07 AUG 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Where: Cafes throughout the Walled City

Austin's Cafe Gary Maxwell
Bloom's cafe Kevin Brennan
Cafe del Mondo Jonny Nixon
Cafe Nervosa Prodigal Hal
Cafe Soul David McKervey
Claude's Cafe Jennifer Jones
Java Cafe Geoff Hatt
Molly's Cafe Brendan Monaghan
Sandwich Co. Richard Gilpin

The Relief of Derry Pageant

Annual Pagent recreating the famous ending of the Siege

The Relief of Derry Pageant

When: SAT 08 AUG 12pm - 12:30pm

Where: Carlisle Circus

The Relief of Londonderry Celebrations

Celebrating the ending of the Siege

The Relief of Londonderry Celebrations

When: SAT 08 AUG 112:30pm

Where: Throughout Walled City

About Us

The Maiden City Festival, organised by the Apprentice Boys of Derry, is Londonderry's annual celebration of Protestant heritage and culture. Each year hundreds of performers take to the city’s streets and historic Walls for an action-packed programme of theatre, live music, dance, visual arts, talks, tours and exhibitions. It's aim is to 'bring the old city to life'.

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What we Do

The Festival offers something for everyone and allows the Protestant community in Londonderry, through Festival organisers – The Apprentice Boys of Derry – to make a positive contribution to the current life of the city. We hope to educate and entertain our local community as well as visitors to Londonderry and look forward to seeing you at some of our many programmed events.

Join us for what promises to be an unmissable Festival and be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for ongoing news and updates.

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Festival Facts

The Maiden City Festival in Numbers!

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ATTENDEES

OUR SPONSORS AND FUNDERS

A big thanks to all our Funders for making the Festival Events Possible

Derry City and Strabane District Council

Funder

Tourism Northern Ireland

Funder

Dept of Foriegn Affairs

Funder

Board of Ulster Scots Agency

Funder

Community Relations Council

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Apprentice Boys of Derry

Partner

Get in Touch

You can contact us with any questions or suggestions at the number below - or send us a message using the form box below the address:

Contact Info

Maiden City Festival

c/o The Apprentice Boys of Derry Memorial Hall,
13 Society Street,
Londonderry
BT48 6PJ

P: 07803 077 389