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The Tale of the Whale – Dopey Dick (Fri 19th Sept)

19 September 2014
Culture Night in Derry~Londonderry 2014 promises to be unique cultural experience for visitors and locals alike, when venues across our historic city will throw open their doors to invite the public inside to explore, experience and enjoy local culture.

At Riverwatch, we’re exploring the tale of Dopey Dick. Do you remember ‘Dopey Dick’? The Killer Whale that swam up the River in the 1970’s? On Culture Night Seoirse O Dochartaigh will be telling the story about this massive marine mammal and his journey to the Foyle. We’ll also have marine themed arts and crafts with Artist Sinead Smyth. Sinead will deliver a workshop making whale and fish puppets using a newspaper sculpting technique. Kids can twist and turn a fish out of water and decorate them with vibrant colour and sparkles. This is sure to be a popular event for little mariners – so booking is essential. Tel 02871 342100 or email:

Session 1 begins at 5pm followed by another at 6pm and the last session at 7pm. There’s only space for 20 kids per session so please book early to avoid disappointment. It’s FREE and suitable for ages 6+!

The rest of the city will come alive to the sound and spectacle of live music, theatre, dance and mini festivals as cultural venues and performers deliver a magical evening of Free Entertainment for all the family from 5pm. A wide range of indoor and outdoor events that showcase the city’s diverse cultural talents and unique historical significance have been programmed and include art workshops and exhibitions, cultural traditions, jazz cabaret, museum visits, dance, film, literature, circus skills and more.

A full programme of events is available on the Derry City Council website.

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