The hugely successful Clipper 2019-20 Race will return to the Foyle Marina in July, it has been confirmed. Members of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Business and Culture Committee were this week given an update regarding the planning and delivery of the Foyle Maritime Festival 2020.
Aeidin McCarter, Head of Culture with Derry City and Strabane District Council advised members that the Clipper yachts are expected to arrive in the city from July 23, and that work is progressing well with promoters, organisations and businesses to develop an action packed programme of animation and activity for the duration of the festival.
It will run for 11 days delivering an enhanced level of activity over the five major days of the festival that could possibly include a full road closure along Queen’s Quay. The full road closure would help facilitate the large crowds of people expected but would be for no more than 4-5 days given the wider impact on city centre traffic.
The draft festival programme incorporates a Legenderry Street Food Festival and a Tall Tales of the Sea programme of animation that will include a Museum Voyages marquee, Science of Water, Tall ships and navy visits, Clipper Race tours and excursion, on-water displays, Maritime and Merchant Markets and an Underwater garden.
The Saint Colmcille themed Showcase finale event for this year’s festival promises to be another large-scale landscape piece of theatre that encompasses land, water and air, a parade of light on the water with ships and boats and featuring a pyrotechnic show.
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