This Friday (16 September) will see Belfast City Centre magically transformed, as up to 80,000 people are expected take to the streets for Culture Night Belfast.
Organisers are putting the finishing touches to the biggest cultural celebration in the city’s calendar, with over 250 free family friendly events taking place during the day and on into the evening.
Culture Night Belfast 2016, which is principally funded by Arts Council Northern Ireland, kicks off with a free curry feast for all! Belfast Harbour and the Belfast Food Network are setting the biggest dinner table ever along Donegall Street, transforming it into a unique, outdoor dining venue to help “Feed the 5000” with a completely environmentally sustainable curry! This will be prepared by Buddhist specialist food chef “Para”, and made from local surplus produce donated from by local farmers using compostable plates and cutlery. Feed the 5000 is the grand finale of Culture Night’s Breaking Bread project, aimed at promoting the building of friendships and communities over the simple act of sharing a meal.
Fully fortified, revellers can then go and enjoy street performances, theatre, live music, talks, tours, tickle competitions, pro-wrestling, walking tours, water gun fun, silly games, paint-based frolics, street art and organised joyful mayhem taking place in every space and around every corner until 10pm. Highlights include the Power Ballad Karaoke Championships on the Electric Ireland Stage at Cathedral Gardens (shoulder pads optional), the return of the traditional Culture Night Big Drum Circle, pantomime horse racing, wrestling, Street Countdown and a live Father Ted Podcast!
Other highlights in this year’s packed programme include the return of My Big Fat Gay Wedding, medieval sword fighting (in a car park, naturally), the slow bike race and the raucous return of Belfast Rockets roller derby champions in Writer’s Square. And that’s just for starters…
Culture Night Programme Manager Adam Turkington said:
“Every year, people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities converge on the city centre to celebrate the diversity and variety of Culture Night. I’m hugely proud of what we’ve achieved. For one evening every year, Belfast demonstrates all of its mind-blowing creative wealth all at once. The momentum continues to grow as Belfast’s artists, creative practitioners and businesses come together to offer an enticing snapshot of the quality and depth of cultural activity in our city! There’s so much happening on 16 September that I invite everyone who’s curious or even unsure to come on down and join us. We promise you’ll have an unforgettable evening. And we promise that this year’s Culture Night will be better than ever!”
Culture Night Belfast runs from midday to 10pm on Friday 16 September.
For full programme info go to www.culturenightbelfast.com