UK City of Culture legacy concert lights up the sky

An installation called 'Global Rainbow' was projected across the city

Londonderry staged its first UK City of Culture legacy event on Friday.

There were performances from former Westlife star Shane Filan, Little Bear and the Clameens.

The event started at 19.30 GMT at the Peace Garden on Foyle Street.

The concert, which was hosted by Edith Bowman from BBC Radio 1, was a free public event that combined outdoor music with the visual Global Rainbow art installation.

Derry City Council commissioned New York and Berlin based visual artist Yvette Mattern to bring her Rainbow to the city for the first time.

'Inspiring event'

Yvette Mattern said: "Global Rainbow is a large scale, monumental outdoor laser projection consisting of seven parallel beams of high specification laser light, representing the spectrum of the traditional seven colours of the rainbow."

Mayor Martin Reilly said the event was the city's way of thanking all who participated in the "monumental success of last year", when Derry was the first UK City of Culture.

"The concert provided the perfect combination of local talent with that of an internationally recognised performer, combining music and visual art at an inspiring event," said Mr Reilly.

Oonagh McGillion, the director of legacy at Derry City Council, said: "We have had an exceptional year and now we must put into practice our Music Legacy plan.

"We have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to make the most of 2013 and Hear the City Sing provides the opportune event to be enjoyed by all generations."

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