Thursday, 23 January 2020

This Sunday, the internationally acclaimed IMBOLC International Arts Festival officially gets up and running in Derry.

IMBOLC is a fantastic ten-day celebration of music, arts and culture set in Derry’s new Cultural Quarter in Great James Street, and other locations throughout the city running from the 26th January to 9th February.

It is the perfect excuse to visit the Walled City of Derry~Londonderry and enjoy one of the many events taking place, while also checking out all the city has to offer.

Since the festival first took flight just five years ago, it has received international recognition. This year IMBOLC is back with another fabulous programme showcasing a host of artists from around the world.

The commissioning of new work from established artists and from the amazing breadth of emergent creative talent in the country today is one of IMBOLC Festival’s priorities. This provides the organisers the opportunity to present innovative new work, and with the development of two new orchestras, IMBOLC Orchestra and IMBOLC Youth Folk orchestra, exciting chances to engage young musicians.

With a programme that cuts across traditional artform boundaries, IMBOLC 2020 showcases leading artists, musicians, writers, and cultural activists in talks, screenings, exhibitions and writing over the 10 days of the festival.

This year’s festival will see a mixture of film, music, dance, art trails, music and acting workshops, and a host more. For a full listing of events go online to

Joe McGinnis, managing director of Braidwater Homes, IMBOLC Festival Main Business Sponsor, said: ‘Braidwater is committed to the local community and therefore proud to be a main business partner. IMBOLC is a fantastic initiative for the North West of Ireland and we wish the organisers all the best and look forward to another successful programme.’