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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 includes 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.
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,
Cultural Hubs Project
The aim of this project currently is to develop six cultural hubs across Northern Ireland, although this might increase as the project progresses. The identification of potential networks and locations is currently part of an on-going scoping exercise being carried out by the North West Cultural Partnership, as part of an International Fund for Ireland Peace Impact Programme. The programme involves consultation exploring the validity and desire of local networks across Northern Ireland to adopt a community cultural development approach.
On New Years Day 2020, a delegation from the North West Cultural Partnership attended a meeting at the request of the then Secretary of State The Rt Hon Julian Smith MP to discuss cultural issues and resource requirements in light of the political impasse. We subsequently submitted a detailed proposal to the Secretary of State, regarding our Cultural Hub Project, for inclusion in the political negotiations.
The New Decade, New Approach Document outlines how The Northern Ireland Executive will create an office of Identity and Cultural Expression and the associated resources at it disposal. There is a commitment 'to support expression of identities and progress cultural development in the region and beyond, supporting various groups in the expression of culture, arts and heritage and community halls and bands'.
The North West Cultural Partnership have secured fiance for the expansion of New Gate Arts & Culture Centre, it will become the first cultural hub, we have also explored potential locations and networks for the additional hubs and have carried out detailed research on a number of potential hubs. We will continue to lobby for resources to create a cultural hub network.
For more information about the Cultural Hubs Project, contact Derek Moore, Project Co-ordinator, at New Gate Arts and Cultural Centre on 02871 265 869 or by email,
The aim of this project is to collate and digitalize music scores from the Hamilton Flute Band. The band have music scores which are over 100 years old, some of these scores are in a poor condition. They will be collated and digitalized to ensure that they are recorded for future generation. This is a pilot project looking at one band, however we are keen to explore a larger project archiving the music of the hundreds on marching bands across Northern Ireland.
The North West Cultural Partnership have visited the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin to gain an understanding of how they have created their music archive and they continue to provide help and advice to the project. The project is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
For more information about the Cultural Hubs Project, contact Julie Porter, Project Co-ordinator, at New Gate Arts and Cultural Centre on 02871 265 869 or by email,