Derry is the English Capital of Culture 2013

Posted by on February 17, 2013

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Leafing through the weekly International today we stop at Derry, a city in Northern Ireland. In 2013 it will be – together with Marseille, Kosice and others – a European Capital of Culture. The city’s past was harsh and violent. Derry was the scene of many battles. Some of them were very violent, like what went down in history as the Bloody Sunday, January 30 1972 when the British Army opened fire on a crowd of protesters civilians, wounding 26 and killing 14.

Derry

Derry

Derry

Derry

Today, however, we look at the present and the events of a Capital of Culture intriguing curiosity reported by the International. The local symbol of the city is called Fiorentini’s and serves, in addition to potato fries, fish and chips and burgers. Fiorentini’s was opened in 1921 by one of the many families emigrated in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century from the south of Italy almost all engaged in the production of ice cream which was sold to the city streets of old carts pushed by hand.

Derry

Derry

Derry

Derry

Derry now attracts more than five hundred thousand tourists a year according to local authorities. In the coming months it could double, thanks to the attraction exerted by the events of cultural and historic attractions such as the Museum of Free Derry which tells the story of Bloody Sunday and organizes guided tours of the murals of the Bogside area.

Derry

Derry

Derry

Derry

To celebrate the new life of the city and as a good omen for the future the Peace Bridge has been built which connects the two banks of the River Foyle to facilitate the movement of pedestrians from the city center with a Catholic majority on the eastern shore historically Protestant majority. Just on the east bank of more than ten acres of land once occupied by the military barracks there is now Ebrington square, with a series of buildings that will host concerts and other cultural events.

Derry

Derry

Derry photos: jasques legentil.

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