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    Shining a Light on Londonderry, UK City of Culture


    The Hofesh Shechter Company

    In March 2013, LIFT came together with Derry~Londonderry and the Hofesh Shechter Company to produce and present three events: Political Mother: Derry~Londonderry Uncut, Political Mother Shortcuts and CityLAB Derry~Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture.


    Contemporary artist Hofesh Shechter’s dance production Political Mother was re-imagined as Political Mother: Derry~Londonderry Uncut at the old British Army barracks in Ebrington, featuring 20 young local musicians performing alongside the professional musicians and dancers of the Hofesh Shechter ensemble.


    Political Mother Shortcuts, five choreographies created by the Hofesh Schechter Company in collaboration with specially selected local dance groups from Irish dancers to Hip Hop, brought a new dance perspective to the city.


    In The Derry~Londonderry CityLAB, part of the Europe wide Global City Local City initiative, 15 emerging artists from 11 countries in Europe drew inspiration from European cities, including Munich, London, Lisbon, Riga, Helsinki, Maribor, Tallin and Utrecht, in order to create a new artistic work. Inspired by the UK City of Culture programme, and the story of the city’s renewal and regeneration, LIFT hosted artists alongside cultural creatives Boat Magazine in a Derry~Londonderry CityLAB to produce a limited edition publication unearthing the hidden stories to shed a new light on the city.

    Manically, crazily brilliant and will live long in the memory of all who attended

    Culture Northern Ireland

    The dance may be over, but the beat of #PoliticalMother will pulse through our City forever. Thank you all… I’ll never forget

    Audience Member

    Absolutely mesmerising, mind-blowing, exhilarating, captivating, hyperbole-defying piece of art, music, movement and poetry in perfect synthesis

    Audience Member