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Culture Night Belfast set to break six figures

1 Sep 2017
Over 100,000 people are expected at over 300 events across the width and breadth of Belfast city centre at Culture Night on Friday 22 September, from noon until late.

Now in its ninth year, the single biggest evening in Belfast’s cultural calendar is about to get even bigger. The theme of this year’s event is “cultural biodiversity,” so Culture Night is not only hosting more free events, experiences and happenings than ever before, but its traditional “boundaries” are expanding across the city in all directions, with a programme of events extending as far as the iconic Big Fish, Belfast City Hall, Bank Square and Belfast Harbour.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister, said: “Anyone who has attended Culture Night will testify to the vibrancy of the evening and the startlingly positive impact it has on our city centre, proving the vast potential we have as a city for real change and growth and to be regarded as a genuine capital of culture and a must see visitor destination. It’s a wonderful visitor attraction, boosting our evening economy and perhaps most importantly, it makes the arts and culture of the city accessible and visible to many people who may not have previously been exposed to them.

“Through the summer, Belfast City Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council have been engaging with 1000s of citizens across the region in our bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023. Culture Night – which, of course also takes place in Derry/Londonderry, is a wonderful platform, both nationally and internationally, to showcase our own city’s diverse and remarkable cultural heritage and is a centrepiece of our bid. This event also shows just how fortunate we are when it comes to the quality and quantity of our artistic and cultural assets – something truly worth celebrating."

Last year’s event attracted a record-breaking 85,000 people into the city centre. Organisers say they expect this year’s Culture Night to break to break the magical “six figure” mark.

Culture Night’s Kerry Rooney said: “From the doors of Belfast City Hall to the doors of the Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office, this year’s Culture Night will bring the entire city to life. With over 300 free live events, our programme offers something for everyone to enjoy. From visual art to opera, roller derby to wrestling.”

This year’s cultural extravaganza begins with Flow Yoga Studios at City Hall leading Belfast in a Salute to the Sun and includes a Mob and Street Party on Fountain Street, Outdoor Twister, Street Countdown, The Big Belfast Choir inviting you to “singalonga” Bowie and Queen, Pro Wrestling Ulster Live, Campervan of Dreams, Medieval Swordsmanship Demonstrations, Palette Party at Bullitt, American Football, Roller Derby, Lithuanian Folk Dance, Argentine Tango, Artisan Market at Folktown, Magical Mystical Moving Statues, AfroCarib Urban Fest Queering the Streets, Belfast Ukulele Jam, Choral Evensong at the Cathedral, Féile Women’s Singing Group, Fred Festival Slow Bike Race, Thrash Metal with Plastic Swords, Drag Queen Storytime, Science Magic, Electronic Ireland Street Party with the Bear and the Doll, Sunflower Crufts, Street of Magic, Hit the North, Quire Belfast plus live music, tours, talks and experiences in every space, place and corner of the city centre!

All events are free and everyone is welcome. For full programme details go to www.culturenightbelfast.comand follow #cnb2017 on social media.

Belfast Lord Mayor at launch of Culture Night 2017