Meet the EYC19 Finalists: Derry City & Strabane
October 14, 2016 - EYC
Stay tuned and read all about the 5 finalists for European Youth Capital 2019. Once a week you will find one-page summaries from each of the finalists for EYC 2019 written in their own words – Amiens, Derry City & Strabane, Manchester, Novi Sad & Perugia. The winner will be announced November 16th 2016.
Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) area is an emerging European destination, in a position to host the most memorable European Youth Capital year. More than 1,000,000 people visited us in 2013 as the UK City of Culture 2013, where we showcased our unique culture, heritage and talents internationally. Additional festivals hosted include Clipper Round the World Yacht Race; the declared best Halloween destination in the world for 2015, Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival; multi-cultural Spring Carnival; the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil which was describe as the biggest ever in 2013 with estimated 430,000 people flocking to the city for music and dance over one week.
Visitors describe us as ‘new and undiscovered’, ‘a place of banter and humour’, ‘a safe, secure destination.’
The city of Derry-Londonderry its self is Northern Irelands most youthful city where DCSDC has the highest proportion of young people (third of population 0-24years old; over half population 0-34 years old). In addition, Northern Ireland has proportionately more 0-24 year olds than anywhere else in the United Kingdom.
Available to the young people is more than 100 youth-based organisations; a new state of the art youth centre, Our Space which provides a safe, supportive environment and developmental programmes for marginalised young people; a thriving cultural scene supported by an array of museums, galleries, theatres, libraries and entertainment venues; eight indoor and outdoor leisure facilities including the new £12 million Foyle Arena which is a Centre of Excellence for Wall Climbing, Judo and Wrestling. With over 1,000 acres of parkland; high tech play and multi-use games areas; access to 30 kilometres of traffic-free greenways providing a network of walking and cycling routes; surrounded by expansive, rich countryside, and border to our European neighbour County Donegal (South of Ireland); its stunning landscapes are the perfect backdrop for healthy sport, leisure and tourism events.
The City of Derry-Londonderry has achieve WorldHost City status and received Purple Flag accreditation. The iconic Peace Bridge connects the city centre to the public realm – Ebrington Square: a 5-acre, former military parade ground which has hosted large-scale events, including BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, the Walled City Tattoo and MTV. This is all accessible via the extensive transport network that provide easy road, rail and air connections to local, national, European and international destinations.
Recognised as a ‘campus city’: Foyle International language school and the North West Academy welcomes thousands of international students annually; Ulster University’s Magee and North West Regional College provide a wide range of high quality courses; where 20 conference venues cater for groups of up to 2,000, and a number of outdoor venues capacity of 38,000+.
DCSDC bid to become European Youth Capital 2019 (EYC19) is more than just a title; it will represent a new chapter in the City and District’s engagement with young people, in which they themselves help design solutions to their unique challenges, in areas such as: Health and Wellbeing; Youth Democracy; Access and Inclusion; Education and Employability.
Confronted with such challenges, the youth sector of DCSDC continues to strengthen and becomes more informed, developing practice and resilience that provides a role model for other cities and countries.