Derry city has always been a major area for arts and culture in Northern Ireland, with big events like the premiere of Brian Friel’s Translations and the UK City of Culture festival to name a few that have taken place in the city. The arts and theatres continue to pull out all the stops in the city with some incredible performance events happening throughout the year in a variety of areas.
We at Travelodge Hotels Ireland are always looking to give our guests the best stay possible when they stay in our cheap 3 star hotels, so we’ve brought you this guide to the biggest events happening over the next few weeks in Derry city. Book our cheap and central Derry hotel to save money on a comfortable stay near to the theatres and arts venues of Derry city.
Interested in seeing more of the great plays and musical events on around Ireland? With our guide to the very best in Ireland Theatres, you’ll easily be able to catch some great shows no matter where you’re staying with Travelodge.
Performances at the Nerve Centre Derry
The Nerve Centre is one of Derry’s main destinations for music and arts performances with regular appearances from some of the world’s top bands when they come to Northern Ireland. The centre has held premieres for feature films from the country’s upcoming filmmakers and often runs workshops specifically designed to bring people into the arts. With an ever-changing line-up of performances, shows at the Nerve Centre defy categorisation, so check what you fancy going to when you stay at the Travelodge Derry Hotel.
Huge theatrical events at the Millennium Forum
Derry’s Millennium Forum has a great location right in the city centre and regularly sees touring performances from some huge names in comedy and music as well as some of the country’s biggest stage shows. It also is one of the best Derry family attractions, with many acts for children to enjoy. Over the next few weeks, some of the highlight performances are:
3 February 2017: The Bowie Experience: The best Bowie tribute act around live at the Millenium.
4 February 2017: Conor Gallen: Northern Ireland favoured comedian making Derry city laugh.
8 February 2017: I’ll Tell Me Ma: The Derry Millenium presents a hilarious one-woman show four generations of one West Belfast family.
9 February 2017: Johnny McEv0y: The Derry Millenium presents the enduring Irish singer
11 February 2017: Donna Taggart: The internet sensation from Omagh sings live at the Millenium.
13-18 February 2017: Dirty Dancing: The Derry Millenium hosts the West End smash musical.
19 February 2017: Brendan Grace: The celebrated Irish comedian back in Derry city.
22 February 2017: Cremona String Quartet: Internationally renowned quartet play classical standards at The Derry Millenium.
23 February 2017: Rock ‘N’ Roll Years & Dancehall Days: A jukebox tribute to the 50s.
26 February 2017: Isla Grant: The Scottish country singers live once more at the Derry Millenium.
1-4 March 2017: Derry Dumped Divorcee Support Group: A comedy trawl through divorce groups for women.
5-12 March 2017: Give My Head Peace: The Northern Irish comedy legends live at the Millenium.
Unique shows at the Derry Playhouse Theatre
The Derry Playhouse has a regular line-up of plays from Northern Ireland’s most impressive acting companies. With events on practically every day, those visiting Derry city can take in a great play no matter when they are staying in the city.
3 February 2017: The Olive Tree: A magic realist journey into the stories and struggles of Palestine written and performed by Katie O’Kelly.
3 February 2017: Il Travatore: The Verdi classic in a Royal Opera production at the Derry Playhouse Theatre.
9 February 2017: Blinkered: The play shines a light on the loneliness of depression and the impact on the family.
9 February 2017: McGregor- Woolf Works Ballet Triptych: multi-award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor’s brilliant triptych for The Royal Ballet at the Playhouse in Derry.
14 February 2017: An Evening with Bette Midler: The Playhouse presents Orla Mullan as the Divine Miss M.
17 February 2017: Worst Case Scenario: Part of the NI Science Festival, the world’s ﬁrst fully certiﬁed interactive tutorial in dealing with a real Zombie outbreak.
19 February 2017: Ugly Animals: Part of the NI Science Festival at the Derry Playhouse, The Ugly Animal Preservation Society is dedicated to raising the proﬁle of the world’s most aesthetically challenged endangered species.
19 February 2017: My Place in Space: The Northern Ireland Science Festival 2017 presents Dr Niamh Shaw on a journey to the furthest reaches of the Observable Universe.
23 February 2017: Shakespeare’s Women: The Derry Playhouse hosts the female actors of the Commedia of Errors Theatre Company.
24 February 2017: What’s Your Poison: Part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival 2017 at the Playhouse and an evening of toxicology and intoxication.
24 February 2017: A Taste of Flavour Sensation: Interactive event that takes your taste buds on a roller-coaster ride through the senses, part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival 2017 at the Playhouse.
1 March 2017: The Sleeping Ballet: The Royal Ballet comes to the Derry Playhouse for a performance of the classic ballet.
1 March 2017: Jo Caulfield: Award-winning comedian brings her new show, The Customer Is Always Wrong to Derry Playhouse.
No matter whether you’re interested in music, comedy or drama, there’s always something going on in the many theatres of Derry.
Art galleries in Derry city
Derry city has always had an incredibly strong arts scene with venues like the People’s Gallery showing off the strong cultural side of the area. Some great art galleries in the city offer you the chance to see an ever-changing series of displays and exhibitions. Head to the artist-led gallery at the Void, just north of the city centre, to see some of the most interesting art that the city has produced or explore the famous Derry Murals by the Museum of Free Derry. Alternatively check out the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) which has a wide range and variety of modern art exhibitions.
Cheap central Derry hotels
Our Travelodge Derry Hotel is right in the city centre, a few minutes from the old walls of Derry, giving our guests great access to the entire city. With the city’s theatres and galleries all situated in and around the city centre, we offer visitors to Derry a perfect location from which to immerse yourself in the local culture and art scene.
We offer the best rates on 3 star hotels throughout the whole of Derry city so that you can save money while still having a comfortable stay in the city centre. Book a room in our Travelodge Derry Hotel today so you can really experience the impressive arts scene that Derry has to offer visitors.
Suggested Local Derry Attractions
To make sure that you don’t miss some of the great things to do across Derry we’ve recommended a few of the best visitor attractions that you can find in the city. In Derry you can find everything from natural beauty to historical narratives in some gorgeous locations, so check out our Derry Top 10 Attractions guide to find out more about what to see when you’re staying with us in the city.
The Tower Museum highlights both the history of Derry and the failed Spanish Armada, some of whose ships ran aground on the coast near Derry, and is considered Derry’s best museum. The museum is just a 5-minute walk from our Derry budget hotel, nestled inside the city walls. The tower that the museum is named for is one of the most impressive architectural structures in the whole of Derry city and one of the city’s oldest buildings.
One of the most beautiful buildings in the city, the Derry Guildhall is the last of its kind in the city to still be in constant use. The Guildhall has played a major part in Derry’s history, for example hosting the world premiere of Brian Friel’s most famous play, Translations. A 2013 refurbishment added some excellent tourist sites, making the Guildhall a great day out for anyone heading to the city. With the Guildhall right by the Peace Bridge, we recommend that visitors to Derry use the hall to begin a tour of the city’s attractions.
A major filming location for the TV series, Game of Thrones, Downhill Beach and the nearby Mussenden Temple near Derry are famous as examples of natural beauty in Ireland. Mussenden which was built at the top of a cliff gives incredible views across the sea and provides excellent access to the beautiful Downhill beach, one of the largest and most picturesque in Ireland. Easily reachable from Derry city centre, the Downhill and Mussenden are must-sees for anyone coming to the city.