Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “This is brilliant news for Derry and for Northern Ireland. The city is a vibrant centre for the arts and music and this success is a tribute to everyone involved in these sectors.
“I want to praise everyone involved in the bid on their hard work and I am very pleased that their efforts have delivered the title for this great city.
“This win will also have a big impact upon tourism in Northern Ireland. It will bring a lot of money into the economy and showcase all the talents of our local artists and performers.
“Other city of culture titles have had massively positive impacts upon the places which have held them and I believe that this accolade will be magnificent for the city and for Northern Ireland.”