'Awakening the Walls' in Scary
TENS of thousands of
people took to the streets of Derry over the weekend
as the city renowned Halloween celebrations began in
earnest with a packed programme of events.
Highlights included the start of the ‘Awakening the
Walls’ in the city centre, an animated and
illuminated trail around the historic walls
featuring over 40 individual attractions and the
Samhain Sessions gigs under the Museum of the Moon
exhibit in the Guildhall’s Main Hall.
The action continues all week with other highlights
including the ‘Tower of Terror’ tour through the
Tower Museum, ‘Little Horrors’ arts, crafts and
storytelling in the Guildhall and the ‘Hay Bale
Sculpture Trail’ throughout the district.
The celebrations will peak on Wednesday night with
the Return of the Ancients Halloween Street Carnival
Parade on Queen’s Quay at 7pm and the Fireworks
Finale on River Foyle.
The Les Lumineoles illuminations in
the grounds of St Columb’s Cathedral as part of the
Awakening the Walls trail in Derry’s Halloween
Mayor of Derry City and
Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle,
hailed the start of the celebrations as a resounding
success: “The 2018 celebrations started in some
style at the weekend, it was fantastic to see the
hordes of people taking in the sights and sounds
around the city and it’s clear why we are considered
the best place in the world to celebrate Halloween,”
Events continue throughout the city this week
including the Haunted Happenings at Brooke Park on
Wednesday from 3pm – 8.30pm where there will be lots
of spooky goings on including pumpkin carving and
A limited number of tickets are available for the
Samhain Sessions concerts which feature David Kitt
and Malojian on Monday, Colm MacIomaire and Elma
Orkestra on Tuesday.
TG4 will be broadcasting its Samhain Live show from
the Craft Village on Wednesday night with live
performances from Declan O’Rourke and Gavin James
where entry is on a first come first served basis.
To view more images of the
‘Awakening the Walls’
click here . For more information on all the
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