Published Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Hundreds of performers from all over the world will descend on the former Ebrington army base in the city for the tattoo event.
Tattoo producer, James Kee, told UTV: "We've got a mixture of Irish and Highland dancers coming together from the Ulster-Scots background, we've got pipes and drums which are always prevalent at this type of event.
"From our international visitors we've got the Crossed Swords Pipe Band which come from Germany, Luxembourg and Sweden.
"And we have 28 men from Switzerland called the Top Secret Drum Corps. (They are) absolutely amazing - it's going to be quite an extravaganza."
Organisers have said the first Walled City Tattoo will combine the "pomp, ceremony and grandeur" of traditional Tattoo events with a "special Derry~Londonderry twist".
The event will see a range of music, song, theatre and dance come together for performances inspired by the city.
Tattoo director, Jonathan Burgess, said: "We've done our best to contemporise the tattoo.
"People have these things around the world, they have them in Moscow, they have them in Edinburgh, they have them everywhere, and we're bringing it to the City of Culture, and we're hoping...there will be many more to follow it."
Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said the Walled City Tattoo will be "part of a future story" of Derry~Londonderry.
"It is fitting that the Walled City Tattoo, inspired by the rich heritage of the city, is being held here in one of its newest venues. The City of Culture is part of a new chapter being added to the story of Derry," she added.
"The people of Derry have always known about the talent, vibrancy and flair they have. It is just that 2013 has showcased this to everyone else.
"The Walled City Tattoo brings together all the elements of a traditional tattoo with modern dance and drummers reflecting a new international influence. It is important that as we move towards the latter stages of 2013 we begin to reflect on the legacy that the City of Culture has brought to the City and the region."
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