Exciting range of events mark the Big Flame Festival in city

Mon, 04/06/2012 - 09:06 -- Editor

A WHOLE host of events are taking place today to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Derry.

11am - Mass Yoga Event St Columbs Park

A chance to relax and enjoy the wonderful natural environment of St Coloumbs Park before the programme of Cultural activity and the excitement of the Olympic Torch Relay arrival.

A gentle session of Yoga that is suitable to all ages and physical ability. Bring your family and friends to a great bank holiday wake session in the park. John Bell the renowned local Yoga instructor will ease you through a one hour programme of starching and breathing that will energise you for the day.

This event is in support of the Northlands centre.

12.45pm – 4pm - Where Traditions Meet Parade Ground, Ebrington

This event will provide the opportunity to showcase our unique style and fusion of Ulster-Scots and Irish music, song and dance in the region where there is a rich tapestry of cultural expression. All the groups have an enthusiastic approach to Ulster-Scots & Irish music song and dance and make it fresh, new and modern, and bring it bang up-to-date for anyone who loves culture with a twist. These performers will push the boundaries to make a completely new sound from tried and tested anthems as well as new work by some of the bands members.

The showcase will bring the best of Ulster-Scots & Irish music, song and dance together in an exciting and colourful stage show. Featuring young artists from the Northwest counties of Derry / L’Derry, Tyrone & Donegal, The performers focus is on the shared elements of their cultures in a modern contemporary way, while still maintaining the respect for their shared tradition and heritage.


Sontas 10 piece group, the members have performed at the world’s largest Irish Festival in Milwaukee, with previous appearances in the Vandervelt Hall New York, The Great Hall Stormont, Áras an Uachtaráin, The Royal Concert Hall Glasgow and recently on the same bill as Phil Coulter @ The Ulster Hall Belfast.

  • Pure Blarney (Trad. Band)

  • Dan Gordan (professional actor & presenter)

  • Churchill & Hamilton (Melody Flute Orchestra)

  • St Joes (Brass Band)

  • Dunloy (Accordion Orchestra)

  • Irish & Highland Dancers (64no)

  • Verbal Arts Centre (Magee University Choir 70no)

  • Colmcille (Pipes & Drums)

  • Lisneal College (Lambeg & Fife)

  • A Mc Gregor (Ulillean Pipes)

  • Ciaran Carlin (Whistle)

4pm - 5pm - Olympic Carnival Parade

Led by local Olympic Heroes, this event is in recognition of the countless efforts and time committed by so many of our local citizens to the selfless development of so many local young people through sporting pursuits.

We celebrate with a colourful flag procession by local sporting and community groups, promoting the Olympic message of “peace, unity and friendship”.

The flags of Truce and Welcome will be placed around the stadium site alongside the unveiling of the Olympic Moto as a welcome for the arrival of the Olympic Torch. The Carnival parade will assemble in DCC car park at 4pm and proceed along the new public realm at Queens Quay then cross over the Peace Bridge and enter the Stadium.

Organised by the North West Carnival Initiative.

Olympic Torch Relay route

Motorists are advised to avoid the following roads between 5.15pm and 6.45pm on Monday evening. The Torch will arrive in the Waterside and will then follow the route from: Crescent Link - Altnagelvin Roundabout - Dungiven Road - Dales Corner - Limavady Road.

It will also travel along the Culmore Road from 5.50pm in the direction of Strand Road to: Harbour Quay Roundabout – Expressway - Water Street - Foyle Street - Foyleside Roundabout - John Street - Carlisle Place - Carlisle Road - Ferryquay Street - The Diamond roundabout - Shipquay Street - Expressway and on to the Peace Bridge.

5pm- 7.30pm - Evening Celebration St Columb’s Park Stadium

The newly developed civic event space of St Columbs Park Stadium will host the arrival of the Olympic Torch on the evening of the 4th of June. An exciting stage based programme of events and performances from 5pm to 7.30pm will be compeered by TV presenter Zoe Salmon. We will be able to view the arrival of the Torch to the City and watch it journey through our neighbourhoods from a large screen on site. Local and national performers will entertain the assembled crowd the highlight being General Fiasco, tipped for major success recently played to 45,000 fans whilst supporting Snow Patrol on their Homecoming Ward Park gig.. The evening builds toward the crescendo of the arrival of the Torch on site to light for the first time in the city’s history the Olympic Cauldron.

The Event is Free but is Ticket only entry. Tickets have been sold out.

Pictured are St Cecilia’s pupils Siun Heaney and Karlann McDermott who will carry the Olympic Torch in Derry today.