Lord Mayor Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is inviting people to celebrate their city on Belfast Day (Sunday 29 September) with a feast of free fun and culture, including live music, theatre and dance performances at City Hall.
Pay a visit to the marquees on the lawn where you’ll be able to learn how to ask ‘what’s the craic?’ in at least seven languages including Indian, Chinese, Polish, Romanian, Irish, Somalian and Arabic – get a henna tattoo, a hair wrap, or try using chopsticks!
Councillor Ó Muilleoir said: “It’s all go, go, go with our preparations for Belfast Day. I’m looking forward to seeing as many people and families of all ages and backgrounds as possible celebrating the uniqueness of our city and everyone in it.
“The music we’ve got lined up is fantastic – from five piece indie-popsters ‘The Late Twos’; to Zimbabwean band, ‘Afresh’; the Rab McCullough Big Band; Ulster-Scots band, ’Rightly On’; young and lively trad band Síoda, and the Belfast Community Gospel Choir.
“We also have our Nearly True Tours which give a slightly different, very amusing vision of Belfast City Hall. They’re especially popular with children and young people because they’re so wacky”.
Kabosh Theatre will be performing five minute extracts from their ‘Belfast Bred’ tour, telling the city’s unique food stories, and ‘Shankill Stories’ will offer an account of escapologist Harry Houdini’s performance on the Shankill, as well as our linen and shipbuilding history, and a proposal for the romantics to enjoy.
There will also be dance performances from Uganda, India, China and Poland, as well as demonstrations in Judo, fencing, boxing, and you can even try Parkour, breakdancing or get creative with urban art by T13.
The gates to City Hall will open at 12 noon and the fun will continue until 5pm. Access is free and will be on a first come, first served basis.
Tickets are required for the Nearly True Tours at 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm. Tickets are free and are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre on 9024 6609.
More information on Belfast Day can be found on our website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events