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Sunday 25 January 2015

Culture Night: Thousands enjoy free arts event in Belfast and Derry

Culture Night: click 'more pictures' to launch gallery
Culture Night Belfast: One of the street acts entertains the crowd
One of the models who took centre stage on the catwalk at Grand Parade on the walls of Derry on friday night during Culture Night. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 24.9.10
Models make their way along the Grand Parade on the walls of Derry
Aoibheann Biddle from the Foyle School of Speech and Drama entertains in the Millennium Forum
Gerard McCrystal whose Sax in The City was one of the musical styles on offer in Londonderry during Culture Night
The Mayoress of Derry Rachael Parkes adds her own style to the Culture Night in Derry
Grianne O'Hara from the Galaxy Cheerleaders takes centre stage in the Derry
One of the Models who took centre stage on the catwalk at Grand Parade on the walls of Derry
Models make way along the the Grand Parade on the walls of Derry
The Belfast Youth Circus performing "There was a Fly in my Soup" in the Circus School in Gordon Street
The Belfast Youth Circus performing "There was a Fly in my Soup" in the Circus School in Gordon Street
A street performer in Gordon Street
Some of the helpers - Maeve Dobson, Charlie Bell and Vivienne Gleason
Heather and Emma Magill
Nicola Cunningham from Cahoots NI who was doing Walkaround Magic in St. Annes Square
Clara Hodkinson has her face painted
Clara Hodkinson has her face painted
Siobhan Craig drawing a flag in St. Annes Square
Siobhan Craig drawing a flag in St. Annes Square
Sandra Randle with her son Ben
A woman has her face painted in St. Annes Square
One of the models who took centre stage on the catwalk at Grand Parade on the walls of Derry
One of the models who took centre stage on the catwalk at Grand Parade on the walls of Derry
City centre shoopers enjoying the street acts at the launch of the second Culture Night Belfast in Belfast
Local band Emerald Armade performing in St Annes Square
Local band Emerald Armade performing in St Annes Square
Culture Night giants walk around between the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast
The Black King and White Queen (Patrick Sanders and Rachel McCabe) who are life-size Chess Pieces, put on a show at Custom House Square
Gary Bolton
The Belfast Youth Circus performing "There was a Fly in my Soup" in the Circus School in Gordon Street
The Belfast Youth Circus performing "There was a Fly in my Soup" in the Circus School in Gordon Street
The Belfast Youth Circus performing "There was a Fly in my Soup" in the Circus School in Gordon Street
The Belfast Youth Circus performing "There was a Fly in my Soup" in the Circus School in Gordon Street
One of the models who took centre stage on the catwalk at Grand Parade on the walls of Derry
One of the models who took centre stage on the catwalk at Grand Parade on the walls of Derry

The streets of Belfast exploded with colour and carnival cheer last night as thousands of people joined in the fun of Culture Night.

Over 100 venues offered a programme of free events including historical tours, art workshops, street performances and music acts to keep people of all ages entertained.

Londonderry also hosted its first Culture Night ahead of becoming UK City of Culture in 2013.

Many families came into both cities to enjoy the activities.

Sandra Randle and her four-year-old son Ben travelled to Belfast from Moira for the night.

“It’s wonderful, we’ve been in the Oh Yeah Music Centre and there was traditional music in the foyer, we were also in the Black Box where there was mask making for the kids, now we are going to the carnival,” she said.

Culture Night volunteer Viviene Gleason was delighted to see so many young people attending.

“It’s very important to get children involved in the arts and this gives everyone a chance to get involved. People think the arts are elite but they are for everybody.”

All sorts of weird and wonderful characters were to be seen across the city centre, from stilt- walkers to fire-throwers, circus performers and singers.

Belfast Youth Circus entranced audiences with their show There’s A Fly In My Soup.

Sarah Kelly of Belfast Circus School said: “It has been a huge success again this year, we had to turn people away.”

It was the same at the Belfast Telegraph, as hundreds of people came to see the printing press in action and tour the building.

Artist Lucas Dillon gave a performance of street art on a wall outside the Cotton Court in Belfast city centre.

“It’s about painting for the public and we have another wall that people can draw on as well so the public can get involved,” he said.

Four-year-old Oisin Maguire and his brother Michael (6) were keen to show off the masks they had made at an art workshop, as they enjoyed the night with family.

Critical Mass, a group of 40 cyclists, decided to pedal their way around the different events.

Group member Chris Norton said the cyclists usually meet on the last Friday of every month, but took the chance to get on their bikes and see Culture Night.

This was the second Culture Night to be held in Belfast.

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