Culture Night to expand to Belfast's City Quays for 2017
This year's Culture Night will expand to the City Quays at Belfast Harbour, it has been confirmed.
The popular event has previously hosted free street entertainment around the city's Cathedral Quarter, with over 85,000 people attending in 2016 alone.
This year will see a record 300 acts take part in the cultural celebration, with performances to be held at Belfast Harbour Offices, City Hall, Fountain Street, the Big Fish and Lagan Weir, and Jubilee Gardens.
Jenni Barkley from Belfast Harbour said: “We are thrilled that Belfast Culture Night is extending into City Quays, one of the most vibrant up and coming areas of Belfast. We see this as a singularly positive step in growing and sustaining the event for the future.”
Belfast Culture Night was launched in 2009 and has become a major event in the city's calendar.
As well as outdoor street performances, this year's event will see a range of venues, galleries, artists’ studios, churches and historic buildings open their doors for exclusive events, talks and tours.
Family events include a roller derby, American football, circus, Samba and live Parkour demos, and Belfast Harbour will have a mini Festival of Fools and stunt bike demonstrations from Thunder Action Sports.
Kerry Rooney, Culture Night Belfast’s manager, said entertainers and local businesses can’t wait to welcome the crowds to City Quays.
She added: “This year will be our biggest Culture Night yet. The larger scale will enable us to support and showcase our talented local community, and our team is looking forward to revealing further details of all the activities and performances as we get closer to the festival.”
Culture Night Belfast will take place on Friday, September 22.
Belfast Telegraph Digital