The ARCH Project is an ambitious and innovative cross community programme which will engage with 600 children and young people aged 8 to 14 across the Derry City and Strabane District Council Area and wider cross border region. The NWCP have a proven track record of delivering a wide range of dynamic and engaging cultural activities, and this experience has been brought together in one specially designed programme which utilises the creative arts in order to encourage creativity, communication and confidence, while promoting understanding and exploring difficult issues in a relevant and age appropriate way.
Supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, and managed by the Special EU Programme’s Body (SEUPB); the ARCH Project was to include five day trips to places of historical interest across the wider district council area, a series of themed workshops which will explore drama, music, art, dance and film making, a special matinee performance of the Walled City Tattoo, a residential visit, and a final family day and celebration event. As a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the delivery of the project has changed slightly. This page will provide access to online resources linked to the project.
The programme of activities has been designed to be delivered to two designated age groups, 8-11 years old, and 12-14 years old and is free for all participants. ARCH stands for Arts, Reconciliation, Culture and Heritage.
For more information about the ARCH Project, contact Chris Curran, Project Co-ordinator, at New Gate Arts and Cultural Centre on 02871 265 869 or by email,
Forum Theatre is a technique in drama, which is used to explore different themes and issues. Basically, what happens is that a short-scripted piece is preformed and stops at a crisis point. The production is then handed over to the audience to discuss possible outcomes and scenarios, which will look at alternative endings to the piece. The suggestions the audience make are then improvised out by the actors and this leads to further discussion in relation to the possible outcomes and consequences of the decisions the characters have made.
Due to the current public health crisis, the project could not be run out as a live event, hence the scenes have been filmed and alternate endings have been created. Your task is to watch the original videos and then discuss with your group or class, the possibly endings or outcomes which you think might happen; before looking at the alternative endings we have recorded.
Target looks at issues around bullying.
New Girl looks at issues around immigration and racism.
Best Mates looks at issues around illegal drug use.
Down looks at issues surrounding possible signs of mental health issues in young people.
Music and Dance Workshops
A number of music and dance workshops had taken place before Covid-19 restrictions where implemented. These workshops engaged young people, taught them about different cultures and provided an enjoyable experience. Some of our facilitators have produced videos, which give an insight into their respective genre of music or dance. These can be viewed below.