Cardboard city under construction!

The construction of a unique ‘City of Cardboard’ is underway in Derry~Londonderry for The People’s Republic of Creativity carnival at the Verbal Arts Centre this weekend.

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The exciting two-day event, which is supported through funding from Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Legacy Fund and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI), will take place during Voluntary Arts Week on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May.

International artists from Made in Cardboardia along with Voluntary Arts Ireland, the Verbal Arts Centre, Urban Vizualz, In Your Space and the North West Carnival Initiative, are leading the event which includes the building of a mobile embassy.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion, who attended the official launch at the Verbal Arts Centre, said she was delighted that the organisers were bringing the international event to the city, supported by funding from the Council's Legacy Fund.

“I would encourage families to come to the city this weekend and participate in what promises to be a uniquely creative and fun event at the Verbal Arts Centre,” she added.

Russian artist Sergej Korsakov aka Tyran of Cardboardia, who has taken the project around the world, said: “I am very happy to bring the mobile embassy of Cardboardia to Derry~Londonderry. With the help of local volunteers we have built amazing cardboard structures and have planned fun performances and carnival activities for the local people. Who needs a city of culture when you have a city of cardboard!?”

Kevin Murphy, Chief Officer of Voluntary Arts Ireland, whose principal funder is ACNI, said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming world renowned artists from the Made In Cardboardia team to Derry~Londonderry for what promises to be a spectacular event that all the family can enjoy. 

“From the building of a cardboard embassy, to performances from local groups and even a Café on the Walls Bake-Off with the public crowning their Bake-Off King or Queen, this is a true celebration of creativity. We're sure that those who come along will not be disappointed.”

Andrea Doran, Director of Programming and Learning at the Verbal Arts Centre, said activities aimed at younger children would include the Little Legends Reading Room at Easons in Foyleside on Saturday at 11am-12 noon, followed by a mask making workshop to create items for the journey to Cardboardia where lots more activities will follow for the remainder of the day.

Fionnuala Walsh, Head of Participatory Arts at the Arts Council said: “We are delighted to extend our support to this exceptional project, which will offer local people, of all ages and walks of life, the chance to work with some of our leading arts organisations to explore their creative side and help build this giant public artwork.”

Cath McBride, Company Manager of In Your Space said: "In Your Space is delighted to be working alongside Made in Cardboardia and to be offering local performers and artists the chance to take part in such an exciting, dynamic project. Participants from In Your Space Circus School (aged 8-14) will also be participating in the antics over the weekend, performing their show 'Tall Tales' on Sunday. This is a great opportunity for the children and young people to demonstrate their skills to family, friends and the wider audience."

Will Colvin, Designer, Diamond Corrugated, said the company was delighted to be donating the cardboard for the artists. “We have seen what these guys have done with cardboard in other places around the world and it's always spectacular so we can't wait to come along to the Verbal Arts Centre over the weekend with the rest of the city to see what they've created this time,” he said.

The Made in Cardboardia carnival will kick-off at the Verbal Arts Centre at 10am on Saturday morning with the activities including a drop-in Little Legends Reading Room from 1-2pm. All activities are free. For the full two-day programme go to

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