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Culture Night Belfast 2017: City stage set for biggest event yet

Culture Night Belfast 2017 is set to bring over 100,000 people to the city centre streets this September.

The hugely popular event was launched in Belfast on Thursday with organisers promising over 300 free events for its ninth year.

Culture Night Belfast will take place on Friday 22 September from noon to late, with this year's theme being "cultural biodiversity”.

Earlier this month it was announced the event would be expanding into the City Quays at Belfast Harbour due to the huge number of people it attracts year on year.

Culture Night’s Kerry Rooney said this year was set to “exceed all expectations”.

She added: “From the doors of Belfast City Hall to the doors of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office, this year’s Culture Night will bring the entire city to life. With over 300 free live events our programme offers something for everyone to enjoy. From visual art to opera, roller derby to wrestling.”

The huge list of family-friendly events at this year’s cultural event begins with Flow Yoga Studios at City Hall leading Belfast in a Salute to the Sun and includes a Mob and Street Party on Fountain Street.

Among the many activities will be Outdoor Twister, Street Countdown, The Big Belfast Choir, Pro Wrestling Ulster Live, American Football, and Roller Derby.

An international flavour will be brought with Lithuanian Folk Dance, Argentine Tango, and AfroCarib Urban Fest plus Belfast Ukulele Jam, Féile Women’s Singing Group, Drag Queen Storytime as well as live music, tours, talks on every corner of the city centre.

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Belfast Mayor Nuala McAllister joins Blu Hydrangea and Cherrie Ontop at the launch of Culture Night 2017.

Paul McErlean, Chair of the Cathedral Quarter Trust, said: "The Cathedral Quarter Trust is very proud to present Culture Night Belfast 2017 – even bigger and better than ever.

"Every year we offer an electrifying glimpse of what Belfast has to offer and a great opportunity to come together and to experience new things. But Culture Night is also a gateway through which we experience the creative and cultural wealth of our city as a whole. It shines a light on the vitality of our cultural, tourism and hospitality sectors.  These are all essential drivers of our local economy and offer up that unique “Belfast” effect that people respond to positively to."

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister, added: “Anyone who has attended Culture Night will testify to the vibrancy of the evening and the startlingly positive impact it has on our city centre, proving the vast potential we have as a city for real change and growth and to be regarded as a genuine capital of culture and a must see visitor destination.

"It is a wonderful visitor attraction, boosting our evening economy and perhaps most importantly, it makes the arts and culture of the city accessible and visible to many people who may not have previously been exposed to them.

“Through the summer, Belfast City Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council have been engaging with 1000s of citizens across the region in our bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023.

"Culture Night – which, of course also takes place in Derry/Londonderry, is a wonderful platform, both nationally and internationally, to showcase our own city’s diverse and remarkable cultural heritage and is a centrepiece of our bid.

"This event also shows just how fortunate we are when it comes to the quality and quantity of our artistic and cultural assets – something truly worth celebrating.”

For full Culture Night Belfast programme details go to www.culturenightbelfast.com

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