What is CultureFuse?
CultureFuse builds upon the successful working relations developed between Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin and the Londonderry Bands Forum established during the 2013 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
An innovative cross-cultural project, CultureFuse will bring together and celebrate the distinct and diverse cultural expressions found in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area and the wider cross-border region.
Promoting cultural diversity, inclusion and peace through an extensive programme of activities, the project will work to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions while encouraging positive cultural expression, ultimately creating genuine and lasting cross-cultural, cross-border relationships which will empower individuals and communities.
An inventive and animated two-year programme of activities and events has been designed which will promote cross-traditional engagement through music, drama, art, dance, language and heritage. Courses, workshops and events are open to all and are designed to encourage the open sharing of experiences and ideas.
By sharing cultural experiences and creating shared spaces, CultureFuse will make a positive and lasting contribution towards creating a vibrant and diverse society.
- Courses For Adults
- Courses for Children
- Other Activities
CONVERSATIONAL IRISH COURSES
Céimeanna Comhrá, our language course, has been specially devised by one of our tutors, Toirealach Ó Gráda to suit those interested in learning Irish for conversational use. It is taught on a weekly basis and learners build upon their pool of everyday words and phrases unit by unit through three stages: beginner, intermediate and advanced.
ACCREDITED IRISH COURSES
A number of accredited courses are taught in the centre, offering the opportunity to acquire OCN Levels 1-3, GCSE, AS & A2 Level and diploma qualifications.
A selection of other subjects are on offer at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, including Creative Writing, Folklore, Irish History and Patchwork Quilting.
TÚS LE TEANGA IS CULTÚR
This weekend scheme is aimed at children aged 5 – 11, offering an introduction to the language. As well as starting their journey in learning Irish, the children will learn music, dance, song, art and storytelling.
This innovative Irish language scheme has been running in 13 English medium primary schools in the Derry City/ North West area since 2011. The highly successful scheme is funded by the Department of Education and offers primary school children in Key Stage 2 their first exposure to Irish in weekly sessions incorporated into the cirriculum. Our tutors deliver the programme through imaginative and interactive activities.
LÉANN DO DHÉAGÓIRÍ
This course offers past pupils of Irish medium primary education an opportunity to take their GCSE Irish exam through weekly preparatory classes.
AN CHÉAD CHÉIM EILE
This course is designed to improve language skills amongst past pupils of Irish medium primary schools who do not get an opportunity to practice their Irish in post-primary education.
INTENSIVE LANGUAGE COURSES
We organise weekend intensive languages courses several times each September, February and June. These full day sessions are a great way to boost language skills, and are also an excellent introduction for prospective learners. These courses are often delivered by lecturers from Ulster University or native speakers from the Donegal Gaeltacht.
THE FÁINNE SCHEME
There are several opportunities throughout year in which we give learners an opportunity to test their spoken Irish and earn themselves one of the widely recognised gold, silver and ‘cúpla focal’ badges. These run in conjunction with the intensive courses and Seachtain na Gaeilge.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
There are numerous events and activities planned alongside our weekly classes to provide an opportunity for learners to make use of their spoken Irish in a comfortable environment alongside classmates. These include weekend trips to the Gaeltacht, conversation circles and table quizzes.
A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).