Civic Conversations

7th February 2013

  • Civic Conversations

What does it mean to be a citizen of Derry in this City of Culture year?
Does City of Culture reinforce or remove barriers?
Can culture and the arts be instrumental in creating jobs and growth?
Has City of Culture fostered a sense of civic pride?

What can City of Culture achieve? And what will the legacy be?


Void Contemporary Art Gallery is delighted to announce that it will curate and host Civic Conversations, a series of open forum discussions designed to involve and engage the local Derry /Londonderry community during the City Of Culture year of 2013. The format involves a panel of three invited guests coming together to discuss all aspects of the City of Culture – cultural, political, economic and social. The first event takes place on Thursday 7th February at 7pm in Void, Patrick Street, and will be chaired by journalist and blogger Jim Carroll, who will be joined by X, Y & Z.

Has City of Culture energized civic life in Derry? In ten years, when the citizens of Derry and its surrounds reflect back on 2013, what will they remember? Is there an element of propaganda surrounding the City of Culture and is this a good or bad thing? Civic Conversations aims to harness the response to the first UK City of Culture felt by the people who inhabit this city by creating a vibrant platform for inclusion, debate and active citizenship. It recognizes the need to reach out to the very community surrounding the event and hear their voices, which will ultimately shape the legacy of the project.

This is the first in a series of informal, discursive events, seeking to channel the energies of this pivotal moment in Derry’s life. By creating the Civic Conversation programme, Void hopes to generate a sense of open ownership and fluid conversation around the City of Culture with Derry and its people, and thereby create a living legacy. 

Admission is free, and all are welcome. This is a unique opportunity to air your opinion. Come join the conversation, and have your say.   For further info. E: / T:  +44 (0) 28 7130 8080 

NOTE: Jim Carroll is in Derry to host the Banter Salon, taking place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th,as part of the Other Voices trip to the city. You can find out more information about the Banter Salon at and Other Voices at