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Belfast Harbour announced as Culture Night Belfast 2015 lead sponsor

Published 04/08/2015

Jenni Barkley, Belfast Harbour’s Communications & Corporate Responsibility Manager (centre) with the Belfast Rockets Roller Derby team, one of this year’s Culture Night Belfast performers.
Jenni Barkley, Belfast Harbour’s Communications & Corporate Responsibility Manager (centre) with the Belfast Rockets Roller Derby team, one of this year’s Culture Night Belfast performers.

Belfast Harbour has been announced as the lead sponsor for Culture Night Belfast 2015.

Based primarily in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter on Friday 18 September, Culture Night Belfast will involve over 250 separate cultural events and is expected to be enjoyed by over 50,000 people.

Belfast Harbour is providing "significant investment", though keeping tight-lipped about how much, which it says will make this year's event the largest since it began in 2009.

Over 200 organisations will take part across the day, from 1pm to 10pm, with a host of outdoor street performances as well as venues, galleries and historic buildings opening their doors for events, talks and tours.

Belfast Harbour CEO Roy Adair said the partnership is the most exciting they have developed in recent years.

“Funding for the arts has come under increasing pressure in recent years so we’re delighted to have the opportunity to help safeguard one of Belfast’s most popular events, supporting the businesses who cater for the Culture Night crowds and maintaining a platform for the creative arts," he said.

“Supporting a vibrant cultural scene is important if Belfast wants to showcase itself as an appealing place to live, work and invest in.  With work underway at the Harbour’s £250m City Quays development, events such as Culture Night and the success of Cathedral Quarter are vital if Northern Ireland is going to succeed in the highly competitive market for overseas investment.”

Paul McErlean, Chair of the Cathedral Quarter Trust which organises Culture Night, said: "In six years, Culture Night has established itself as a beacon of light on Belfast's cultural scene.

"In difficult financial circumstances, our artists of varying hues give all exhibitions and performances for free - it is a cultural gift to the people of this great city, but it takes money and resources to put the event on and we are very grateful to the Harbour for its support."

As part of the sponsorship package Culture Night Belfast includes a new element, the CNB Almanac, which will give Belfast’s citizens a platform to discuss their aspirations for the city.

Based on the themes of The Arts, Environment and Young People the Almanac aims to prompt a public debate about how Belfast needs to plan for the future.  For further information visit culturenightbelfast.com

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