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A Great Big “X” for Culture Night Belfast

Date: 30 Aug 2018

A Great Big “X” for Culture Night Belfast

Lord Mayor joins in the 10th birthday celebrations launched for Culture Night Belfast.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey joined in the 10th birthday celebrations of Culture Night Belfast.

The biggest evening in Belfast’s cultural calendar is set to celebrate its tenth birthday in super-psychedelic lovin’ style!

The programme for the 10th Culture Night Belfast was unveiled this week with over 230 family friendly, free events set to take place on Friday 21 September across the spaces and places of the city centre and beyond.

Last year, over 100,000 people flocked to attend Culture Night Belfast and this year, a similar figure is expected.

The theme of this year’s Culture Night is “Love”, with the evening falling upon the UN International Day of Peace, and accordingly, the programme is packed with “extra love”!

From Street Countdown and the Camper Van of Dreams to the Culture Night PWU Wrestling Championships, circus performers to ballroom dancing and street flamenco, the city is set to come alive for an evening of exploration and adventure.

This year, Culture Night has not one, but two world stages, urban sports, a tap-dancing world record attempt, Culture Bites galore, live music, talks, tours, walks, children's activities and weird and wonderful events aplenty from The Big Fish to City Hall and Royal Avenue to St Anne’s Cathedral, with organisers promising "something new and surprising around every corner”.

This year also sees the launch of the first ever Culture Night Belfast App, with goodies, extras and a brand new Culture Night Belfast planner, to design your very own personalised Culture Night experience!

Kerry Rooney, Manager of Culture Night Belfast said:

“We are hugely excited to be celebrating Culture Night’s tenth birthday – they grow up so fast! We have a jam packed programme this year that really shows off what a rich and diverse arts and cultural scene we have here in Northern Ireland.”

“Our new Culture Night App will make it easier than ever for visitors to check out what’s on offer from family friendly events, to music and dance, to the usual mix of the weird and wonderful, Culture Night has got it all.”

Susan Picken the director of Director of Cathedral Quarter Trust, who present Culture Night said:

“We’re immensely exciting that Culture Night Belfast is now reached its 10th edition and we’re really proud to present our best prog ever. Bring the city together and remember love is all you need!”

Addressing the launch, Nick Livingstone, Director of Strategic Development & Head of Policy and Research said:

“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is proud to be a principal funder of Culture Night Belfast 2018 through our National Lottery funds. The popularity of this irresistible creative showcase has grown beyond all original expectations to become one of the undisputed annual highlights of the city’s life. It underscores the power of the arts to entertain, to enrich people’s lives, and to transform places into genuinely shared spaces to be enjoyed by everyone. We hope your experience of CNB 2018 will be a memorable one that will inspire you to go on to explore the amazing creativity that is happening all around us, day-in, day-out, at our arts centres, galleries, theatres and venues.”

Culture Night Belfast takes place on Friday 21 September from 1-10pm. Full programme is available at

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