Make. Watch. Play. Create. At the Nerve Centre this Summer!

Make. Watch. Play. Create. At the Nerve Centre this Summer!

Summer starts early at the Nerve Centre for young people and families, with the launch of a bumper programme of films, gigs, music creation opportunities, and creative workshops.

Highlights of this year’s programme include the popular Parent & Child Fab Lab Maker Club. Using the latest in digital fabrication technology, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters and milling machines, children aged eight and up and their parents will create almost anything they can imagine in the Nerve Centre’s Fab Lab.

The Foyle Film Festival Summer Programme begins on June 9 with The Irish Pub, a warm-hearted documentary on the greatest institution in Irish society. The screening, which will include coverage of pubs in Northern Ireland (absent from the original documentary), will conclude with a Q&A with director Alex Fegan.

On Monday and Thursday afternoons during July and August, family animated films will be showing at the Nerve Centre’s cinema, including Disney’s Frozen, The Smurfs 2, and The Nut Job, with free popcorn for the kids.

For an older age group is the Young People’s Horror Festival from August 4-8 with screenings of Daddy, I’m A Zombie!, Coraline, and hands-on workshops to make your own multi-platform horror game, create a spooky soundtrack and star in an original live action zombie scene.

As part of the Interact Festival, aspiring musicians will be able to take part in an intensive two-day workshop with industry professionals to create a track, as well as the Nerve Centre’s annual Rock School. Young people will also be able to learn to beat a new rhythm on African djembe drums, military snares and electric kits before performing to an audience of hundreds at the Interact Showcase.

Other music highlights include RockAdemy, the SYNC Nerve Centre Summer Showcase, and music lessons in drums, guitar, keys, vocals and music tech. The Nerve Centre’s rehearsal spaces have been recently upgraded, and the in house recording studio offers professional production at affordable prices.

Following in the footsteps of Arctic Monkeys, Oasis and The Libertines, Drenge promise to deliver on their NME Best New Band accolade on the Nerve Centre stage on June 30, while June 27 will see some of the top names in European dance music convene as part of the annual Celtronic festival - ‘Ireland’s answer to Sonar’.

Finally, registration is now open for the fantastic 13-week Managing a Music Business Enterprise course, which will equip attendees with skills and knowledge essential to running a successful music business. Full-time courses in Music Performance & Technology, Video Techniques, Music Production and Creative Media at the Nerve Centre, starting in September, are also now open.

Pearse Moore, chief executive of the Nerve Centre, said: ‘The Nerve Centre is once again the place to be this summer, whether you want to make, watch, play or create. School’s (nearly) out so it’s time for young people to let their hair down in a creative and fun environment and at the same time learn new skills. Every year our workshops prove to be a huge hit so I would urge parents and young people to sign up now to avoid disappointment.’

Details of how to register for all Nerve Centre summer events and workshops are available at or call 028 7126 0562.

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