The Dalai Lama is to visit Derry as part of its City of Culture celebrations.

The Tibetan spiritual leader will be guest of Derry-based charity Children in Crossfire when he travels to Northern Ireland in April.

He is patron of the charitable organisation, which promotes childhood care and development in some of the poorest countries in the world.

The Dalai Lama will be guest of honour at an event called Culture of Compassion at the Vital Venue in Ebrington in the city.

Richard Moore, director of Children in Crossfire, said: "We are thrilled to welcome His Holiness back to Derry.

"He came to the city six years ago as part of our 10th anniversary celebrations and has been a dedicated patron of the charity since that time.

"We are delighted that people from across Northern Ireland and beyond will have an opportunity to see and hear him speak during this City of Culture year.

"We know that His Holiness is looking forward to returning to Northern Ireland and we hope to make this visit very special."