An event weekend is planned for September.
The area around St. Columb’s Cathedral has made a name for itself as a unique cultural district and is popular with visitors following the Heritage Trail to Derry’s most famous landmarks and those looking for some of the city’s fancier shops and galleries.
Upper Magazine Street, Society Street, Place Street, Pump Street and Artillery Street will be closed to traffic on September 4th and 5th to provide additional space for a program of fun animation, street performances, music and the outdoors as part of Derry City – Offer trade and the Strabane District Council’s campaign to support local businesses after COVID-19.
The COVID revitalization and recovery program is backed by the Ministry of Communities, which has put in place a number of measures over the past few months to boost trade and restore customer confidence.
The plans included redesigning and redesigning the public space to provide more open, customer-friendly areas with new street furniture and covered areas.
Piloted traffic-free zones, as planned for the cathedral district, enable event locations, organizations and visitors to make better use of urban space and help shape plans for the street landscapes of the future.
Derry City and Strabane District Mayor Alderman Graham Warke explains. “This pilot project is only part of a comprehensive program of measures aimed at supporting our local businesses and stimulating the local economy after a long period of inactivity and uncertainty.
“Over the summer months we enjoyed some fantastic pop-up animations that turned some fun back on in a safe and controlled manner as we begin the cautious return to normal life. It will take time, but the council has worked closely with that local business community. ” and listen to their needs to see how we can best channel resources to have maximum impact on COVID recovery.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend full of activities in the cathedral district, which is a hidden gem just waiting to be explored. I hope many people will take the opportunity to visit the area and see for themselves everything history, architecture, culture and retail has to offer. “
Corporations, arts organizations and venues in the area were involved in programming the CQ weekend, which features a mix of entertainment, extended hours, access to attractions, specials and outdoor trading.
Community Minister Deirdre Hargey said: “My department has implemented the Covid-19 Recovery Revitalization Program to help our cities and inner cities recover. Derry City and Strabane District Council has received over £ 1.6 million through the program.
“I hope events like Cathedral Quarter Weekend will continue to encourage people to return to our cities and inner cities to spend time supporting our local businesses and ultimately help keep our cities and inner cities vibrant and prosperous obtain. The continued collaboration between local and central government and the business community will also help local businesses continue their recovery. “
Cathedral Quarter Weekend runs Saturday, September 4 through Sunday, September 5, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This weekend, In Your Space’s Carnival of Colors will also return to the downtown streets, Walled City Market and some Legederry Street Food events on London Street.