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Our hugely successful Reading Rooms is set to go mobile after receiving funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City Council.
The project is among a series of outstanding arts projects will be brought to life across Derry-Londonderry as part of the final instalment of the £900,000 Legacy Fund for Derry.
The fund, set-up by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City Council, has brought a total of 35 exciting arts and heritage projects to the city of Derry-Londonderry. The final 12 projects supported through the initiative cover a range of high quality cultural offerings across, dance, visual arts, music and theatre genres.
Following the success of our Reading Rooms initiative, a project which provides positive benefits to people’s health and well-being through the literary arts, the READING ROOMS - GOES MOBILE project sees a 'Mobile Reading Room' driven to hard to reach, marginalised communities living in areas of high deprivation throughout Derry/Londonderry. The project aims to remove all barriers to participation encountered by hard-to-reach individuals, and the most vulnerable and marginalised in our community.
The READING ROOMS - GOES MOBILE vehicle is highly branded and customised with the capacity to drive to inaccessible locations with a bespoke internal space to allow people to get on board when static to participate in a Reading Room. The sessions will be led by a trained volunteer facilitator who will use high quality literature to connect with the participants focusing on areas such as mental health development, reduction of social isolation and creative engagement.
Roísín McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “The £900,000 Derry Legacy Fund has supported a number of projects in the city with many of the funded projects providing opportunities to encourage more of Derry’s citizens, from harder to reach communities, to participate in arts and culture. It’s about the value of the arts in promoting community engagement, challenging social exclusion and attracting visitors to the city who help boost the local economy.”
Oonagh McGillion, Director of Legacy said, “The quality of the applications in this second phase of the Legacy Fund was outstanding. This is testimony to creativity and passion of everyone involved in cultural activity in the city and district. The Legacy Fund was significantly over subscribed and clearly demonstrates the demand for arts and culture by local communities. “