Gabriel Ignacio Rojas | Derry
Last Wednesday, 20th of July 2022, TIDE's partners in Derry City and Strabane District Council (Northern Ireland) launched their Virtual Reality experience in Derry's Annual Foyle Maritime Festival. After 2 years on hold due to the global pandemic, the festival finally was revived in the town, and what a perfect opportunity for the 'Afloat and Ashore' VR experience to be launched!
In a booth alongside the DNA museum, where the VR will be available once its open in 2024, TIDE partners had a stand where people walking alongside the Foyle river could stop and embark on a historic journey utilizing the VR technology. The experience is based on archives and diaries of Patrick Maxwell where he wrote about the immigrants he met travelling from Derry city to New York. “We wanted to recreate his experience because over a million people immigrated from here”, stated Ronan McConnell, TIDE Project Officer.
'Afloat and Ashore' will be available until the 25th of July, and so far, people are loving it, from young kids to elders. They all get to learn in a dynamic and fun way about the history of the immigration to the United States and Canada, all while enjoying the festive atmosphere due to the maritime festival, packed with street food stands from around the world, water activities, street performances, and much more!
TIDE VR experience in Derry from ERNACT on Vimeo