Big Oak Literary and Arts Festival
While being Ireland’s newest literary festival, the Big Oak festival found itself in prime location for success under the City of Culture banner and offered a different experience for the people of Derry to avail of.
A mixture between poetry, comedy and theatre, the festival aims to bring a mlre cultured atmosphere than the usual open air festival, having secured appearances from writers like Colin Bateman and Hollywood actor Sam Shephard (who unexpectedly appeared, guitar in hand, following his appearance at the Foyle Film Festival).
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Northwest Irish Dancing Championships
Held over the course of two days, last year in the Millennium Forum, the Northwest Championships is among the largest in the world and a real focal point for traditional Irish dancing and associated pastimes.
Registered with An Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha, the Championships bring over one thousand people from across Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA to compete to be crowned Northwest Champions.
The winners of each category in the Championships is selected to compete in the all Ireland Championships which gives them the opportunity to compete in the World Championships.
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Foyle Film Festival
Now in its 27th year, the Nerve Centre’s unique programme of events runs fhroughout the city and is constantly finding itself gathering acclaim for the work put into the Foyle Film Festival.
Following last years almost unsurpassable line-up, including Trainspotting director Danny Boyle and actor Sam Shephard, the Festival leads the way in terms of sheer variety and the appreciation of the art form that is cinema.
Held in just shy of a dozen ‘arenas’, the Festival presents local cinephiles everything from screenings of their favorites, undiscovered gems and a slew of educational and special interest talks and presentations.
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Fishing in the Northwest is a large-scale enterprise, bringing in more than £20 million in local industry? This is also reflected in the number of people taking up fishing as a pastime, with large areas of growth seen in recent years.
There are fisheries springing up all over the country, with a large majority created specifically for those fishing for pleasure, all bolstered by the beautiful scenery that surrounds them.
Locally, there is the Creggan Country Park, a massive reservoir redeveloped for use by anglers as well as other watersports enthusiasts. With a firstclass fishing experience, Creggan Country Park prides itself on its landscaped lower reservoir and its rainbow trout numbers, with access available to those with disabilities. Boat hire is also available, giving visitors the choice to fish from the banks or hired boats.
Maydown Trout Fishery is based on the outskirts of the city, at Carrakeel Drive, that offers a more relaxed atmosphere. Not far from a main point of entry into the city centre, the fishery is a contrast in and of itself, with anglers relaxing mere metres from the busy main road at Maydown. Fishing is permitted with worm and fly, though some may find it difficult to access given its entries.
Others include The Oaks Fishery, located only a few minutes from the city centre on the Judges Road, which uses a natural lake set in beautiful countryside as its setting. Cashel Trout Fishery, not far from the city centre itself, is set at the base if the Sperrin foothills, where fishermen and women can take to the banks of the River Roe. Widely recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in Dungiven.