There is a strong emphasis on history and drama throughout the week, with the Siege Story being told in St Columb’s Cathedral each day, in a short five-part drama. There is also a demonstration of Siege guns and cannon at the Memorial Hall, and Siege characters around the Walls telling Siege Tales.
This year will see the premiere performance of a new arrangement of Shaun Davey’s Relief of Derry Symphony for flute, bringing together premier flute bands of the city with classical and folk artists. Performances on August 8 & 9 will be in St Columb’s Cathedral, with the Churchill, Hamilton and William King Memorial flute bands, along with the classical Festive Flutes and Marcas O’Murchu folk flute, with the voice of Doreen Curran. The lunchtime programme continues in nine cafes within and around the Walls – a choice of over 40 performers over five days. New sounds and favourites returning make for a diverse lunchtime Culture Bite menu – links to all the performing bands will be on the website.
Then there are Tea Dances Monday to Thursday, comic cabaret with William Caufield and late night dancing to Risky Business, a big quiz, late night entertainment in the Memorial Hall, and lots more.
The final day of the 2013 Maiden Festival Week sees the Pageant and Parade on Saturday August 10. The Pageant provides context and place to the historic events of 1688-89. It also provides an outstanding piece of street theatre. As the final cannon sounds, the main parade of the Apprentice Boys of Derry crosses the Craigavon Bridge; a highlight of the Festival week. The Commemorative events include the traditional Walking of the Walls, Remembrance at the Cenotaph, the Service of Thanksgiving, pageant and the largest Parade of the year for Apprentice Boys from across the UK and overseas.
All events can be found at www.maidencityfestival.com/