Belfast Telegraph

Culture Night Belfast: night of arts that’s right up your street

Annual party in city centre has eclectic line-up

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

Prepare yourself for sensory overload as the sixth Culture Night Belfast (CNB) kicks off tomorrow with more than 250 events planned to entertain and enthral.

The city’s annual cultural extravaganza welcomed more than 40,000 people last year and organisers are confident of bumper crowds again thronging the city.

The free programme of tours, talks, demonstrations, gigs, recitals and more is backed by the Belfast Telegraph and will take place across the city centre and beyond from 4pm to late.

The Cathedral Quarter will be a riot of noise and colour as it is packed full of performers at indoor and outside venues.

There is also a number of events taking place in the city centre and beyond at locations including Fusco’s Ice Cream Parlour off the Andersonstown Road, the Kennedy Centre on the Falls Road and the Public Record Office in Titanic Boulevard.

Among the unusual events being staged is Puccini and a Pint at the Harp Bar in Hill Street, opera over a Friday night drink.

Meanwhile, the Belfast Circus School will be leading intrepid explorers into the largest hidden courtyard in Cathedral Quarter for a range of circus and music performances.

CNB project partners Root Soup is offering its ethical and locally produced food while Hit The North returns, bringing urban art into the heart of Belfast.

Then there’s the CNB parade, lead by the Beat Initiative, which will feature a percussive version of Fleetwood Mac track Tusk brought together by over 500 drummers.

Also on the eclectic line-up is a Feminist Fantasy Photobooth at the Deli Lites Cafe in Lombard Street, you can see how you would look as an iconic feminist, and a Fitness Fashion Show with Pop-Up Cabaret

Culture Night Belfast manager Adam Turkington said there has been a fantastic buzz in the CNB office this year about the unique event.

“No other event in Northern Ireland attracts the variety of submissions and captures the imagination of the population quite like CNB, and that’s why it works,” he said.

“More than anything we can do in the office, it’s the way that the participants and audience embrace the event and the joyful way they do so that makes it what it is.”

Culture Night Belfast is supported by a range or organisations.

They include the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Belfast City Council, Belfast Telegraph, Arts and Business Northern Ireland, the Department for Social Development, the Community Relations Council, HSS Hire, Third Source, Translink and Ewarts.

The Belfast Telegraph will be welcoming the public tomorrow night for film screenings and a digital visual arts project.

Stop press... the Belfast Telegraph opens its doors for films and fun

The Belfast Telegraph is throwing open its doors to the public for the sixth Culture Night Belfast.

 Our Royal Avenue headquarters will be in the thick of the action tomorrow night for the fun-filled festival that celebrates the best of the city with more then 250 events.

Visitors will have unprecedented access to Northern Ireland’s largest newspaper for screenings of classic films in association with Northern Ireland Film Hub, next to our historic printing presses.

The Cinemagic/QFT event provides the opportunity to check out films you know and films you definitely don’t at this unusual pop-up cinema. The hardcore news junkies among visitors will be able to add a byline and picture to a range of front pages with ‘Headliners!’.

Belfast Telegraph staff will be on hand to take your scoop and photograph to project on to the Bel Tel Big Screen. From 4-10pm you will be able to see yourself on the front page of the Tele as part of CNB’s visual arts and family programme listings.

For CNB 2014, this newspaper is embracing a different kind of ‘leek’, as we are among 20 local businesses and organisations to sponsor a vegetable bed for charity as part of the Culture Night Allotment scheme.

Culture Night manager Adam Turkington said he was thrilled to have the Tele on board for the biggest event in the city’s cultural calendar.

“It makes sense for our biggest newspaper to be part of Culture Night Belfast,” Mr Turkington said.

“We’re especially delighted that they’re throwing themselves into the spirit of the thing with screenings and interactive activities that will draw people into that particular world.”

Teaming up for unique events is exactly what Culture Night is all about.

“Culture Night is all about every single kind of creative expression in this city that defines us,” he added.

“And the Belfast Telegraph is of course one of the cornerstones of creative and cultural life in the city and across Northern Ireland.”

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph