Culture Night Belfast 2015 is returning for its seventh year on Friday September 18th and is set to delight and entertain people of all ages with a vast array of acts and colourful events. The diverse menu of things to see and do includes tours, trails, music gigs and screenings, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Last year, over 50,000 people enjoyed a selection of unique cultural happenings and this year, Culture Night organisers have put together a jam-packed schedule with so much to do that everyone in Northern Ireland, no matter what age you are, will find something that appeals to them.
What’s more, the culture continues for longer, as CNX (Culture Night Extra), showcases an ‘extra’ offering of events starting on Wednesday 16th September and running until Sunday 20th.
Tourism NI’s Destination PR Officer, Pauline Gormley explains why Culture Night is the perfect way to experience an unforgettable night of fun and revelry.
“Last year, tens of thousands culture vultures took to the streets of Belfast to experience the unique, electric atmosphere that fills the streets in the Cathedral Quarter. This year, it will be no different and because the event lasts longer, thanks to CNX even more people will get to experience this really wonderful event.”
Soul in the City, Cotton Court, 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Hailed as ‘the soul of Belfast’ the Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) has taken the province by storm. They are relentless ambassadors for the city of Belfast as they spread the message of love, joy and peace through their music. Join the choir of over 50 singers as they belt out pop and soul classics.
LeoniePony’s Shakedown in the Square, Writer’s Square, 9.15pm – 10.30pm
Come and join in on the biggest dance off Belfast has ever seen. Participants can watch the video and learn the moves in what is set to be a fun-filled dance extravaganza.
Swing Belfast, Writer’s Square, 7.30pm – 8pm
For some toe tapping fun watch local swing cats shake their tails to the beat of another era. Go along with a group of friends and have a go at a sassy 1920’s Charleston.
The Bad Hearts, Saint Anne’s Cathedral, 3pm – 4pm
Enjoy the wonderful acoustic sounds of Paul Wilkinson and Edelle McMahon.
Choral Evensong, Saint Anne’s Cathedral, 5.30pm – 6pm
Relax with friends and family at this quiet evening service by the Cathedral choir.
Journey for Revolution, Cathedral Gardens, Donegall St, 5pm – 8pm
Avail of the chance to record revolutionary ideas in a unique mechanical contraption. Perfect for those looking for something really different.
Belfast Salutes the Sun, Saint Anne’s Cathedral, 1pm – 2pm.
Flow Studio Belfast will host this simple yoga sequence happening at various locations across Belfast. Perfect for both yoga lovers but also fun for newcomers.
Story Feed Sound by Wheelworks, Royal Avenue, 6pm – 9pm
Roaming artists will mingle through the crowds collecting snippets of a story which will be fed to the ArtCart via a live Twitter feed.
Skate with the Rockets, Union Street, 5.45pm – 8.30pm.
Come and see the Belfast City Rockets show off their skills and you can even join in just bring along your own quad skates or inlines. The event will finish at the Sunflower with a short screening of ‘Blood on the Tracks’.
Kzoumba Dance Class, Titanic Pub & Kitchen, Little Donegall St, 8pm – 12am
Dance the night away to the sounds of Latin and Kzoumba music.
Give Nature a Home with RSPB – Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Wrtier’s Square, 3pm – 8pm.
Kids and adults alike can learn about the fun ways to give nature a home locally.
Children’s Workshop, University of Ulster, York Street, 4pm – 6pm
Enjoy some creative time with family by making paper decorations with the help of the Belfast’s Metropolitan Art and Design Year 1 students.
Community Arts Partnership, Commercial Court, 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Families can enjoy a fun packed evening of making, gluing and sticking various crafts.
Cinema in the City, 21 Social, Waring St, 4pm – 11pm
Enjoy this fun storytelling project from Fighting Words Belfast for Young at Art which will host short film screenings of The Longest Story Ever Told.
More Grimm Tales, Rosemary Street, 4pm – 7.30pm
Everything in Between returns to Culture Night to perform a new collection of Grimm Tales for the whole family. They can step into a world of imagination and magic which will include tales of cunning hedgehogs, dwarves and witches.
Visual Arts & Theatre
Cathedral Studios, Donegall Street, 7pm – 9pm.
Explore this open studio and live sonic art improvisation.
Wickermanny, The Wicker Man, 4pm – 8pm
The Wickerman will be hosting local musicians and artists, with craft activities and tastings of freshly prepared local food including breads, jams and chutneys.
The National Grande Café, Live Street Art, 5pm – 1am
The National Grande Café will present a unique opportunity to witness live street art from James Earley and Neil Kerr, the artist who brought Banksy to Belfast. Live music will also be running throughout the evening.
A Stitch in Time, Refound, Albert Square, 11am – 9pm
This photographic journey will detail the inner workings of an auction house and antiquity dealership from newly acquired pieces to old, rustic antiques that must be lovingly restored.
Exhibition, Fenderesky Gallery, 5pm-9pm
Visitors to the gallery can browse the work of artist Claire Carpenter.
Lumen, Assembly Rooms, 2pm – 10pm
An audio-visual light installation created exclusively for Culture Night 2015. The one-night experience features a large-scale projection mapping show complemented by a kaleidoscopic array of lights that bring its derelict space to life in ways that can only be seen to be believed.
Tourism NI has also highlighted some accommodation offers below and for more information go to http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/offers/specialoffers.aspx?AttributeID=18480
The Malone Lodge Hotel in Belfast is offering a 2 night bed and breakfast weekend deal from September 1 -13 from £119 pps. If you want to stay in the city centre then Ten Square Hotel is offering overnight accommodation with a three course meal and cooked breakfast for £65 pp from September 1 to December 13. Hastings Europa Hotel is offering 2 night’s bed and breakfast from only £119pps at weekends this autumn and the Radisson Blu Hotel in the Gasworks is offering 2 night’s bed and breakfast from £99pps. Another great deal is available at the Park Avenue Hotel where visitors can avail of 2 night’s bed and breakfast for only £119 pps.