Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Culture Night is back

By Lesley-Anne Henry

Musical bus trips, late night art tours, belly-dancing lessons and carnival workshops.

It can only mean one thing. Belfast’s Culture Night is back.

And organisers have promised there will be “something on every corner”.

The event, celebrating its second year, will see more than 100 galleries, venues, businesses, community centres, churches, studios, and historic buildings throw open their doors for a night of free fun on September 24.

The packed programme also includes entertainment right across the city — from the Shankill’s Spectrum Centre and An Culturlann on the Falls Road, to the the Engine Room Gallery in east Belfast, Crescent Arts Centre in the south of the city, Indian Community Centre in the north right down to the Titanic Quarter.

The Belfast Telegraph is even offering a opportunity to have a look at how the headlines are made with a tour of the presses led by our former editor Ed Curran.

Last year more than 15,000 people were attracted into the city centre and this year organisers are hoping to top that figure putting Belfast on a par with Culture Nights in cities like Dublin, Derry, Cork, Reykjavik and Copenhagen.

“It really demonstrates how much we have going on in our city and we believe we’ve got something here for everyone,” said Kresanna Aigner, from Culture Night 2010.

“Just a brief run-through of this year’s line-up reveals the dizzying array of activities on offer: Woody Allen movies, live music on the River Lagan, giant puppets, belly-dancing lessons, carnival workshops, Indian Kathak dancing, the chance to be a movie extra, Tea and Tales, church tours and building illuminations. That’s just the first couple of pages. All participants have done themselves and Culture Night Belfast proud. It promises to be an unforgettable evening for everybody involved.”

A series of free taster tours include an alternative walk through Belfast with grandfather of punk Terri Hooley, while free musical bus tours will allow visitors to stop off and sample special events in the four corners of the city.

Roisin McDonough, chief executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland said: “Belfast is a thriving cultural centre and an artistic showcase like Culture Night provides huge opportunities for participation and celebration, as well as a platform to engage with new audiences.”

Snapshot of where, who, when and what’s happening in this celebration of Belfast’s culture

Aisling Ghear, Rosemary Street — Stones In His Pockets The Movie 7pm-8pm

Cathedral Quarter Managed Workspace, Royal Avenue - Arts and Disability Forum & Belfast Coffee Company Ancestral Threads Exhibition & Music 5pm-9pm

Crescent Arts Centre, University Road — Artery NI review 6pm-8pm

Writer’s Square — Creative Workshops 6pm-8pm

Cotton Court, Waring Street — Bag of Bees Vectors v’s Vandalism 7pm-10pm

Exchange Place — Beyond Public Performance 6pm-9pm.

Buoy’s Park Cathedral — The Beat Initiative Carnival 6pm -9pm

St Anne’s Cathedral, Donegall Street — Conducted Tours and Recitals 5.30pm-9pm

Belfast Circus School, Gordon Street — Youth Circus There’s a Fly in my Soup 6.30pm- 7pm

Belfast Exposed, Donegall Street — Shadowlands Zadoc Nava 6pm-10pm

Belfast Film Festival, Donegall Street — Bean Bag Cinema 5.30pm, 10.30pm

Belfast Print Workshop, Waring Street — What is a Print? Not a Photocopy! 7pm-9pm

Belfast Telegraph, Royal Avenue — Tour of the Press 6.30pm-8.30pm

The Black Box, Hill Street — Various Events 4pm-late

Clements Coffee Shop, Royal Avenue — British Deaf Association NI Sign Language Lessions 5pm-9pm

Writers Square — Cahoots NI Leon and the Place Between 5pm -9pm

Donegall Street - Catalyst Arts Together 2pm-1am

The Dark Horse Courtyard, Commercial Court - Woody Allen Double Bill 8pm-11.30pm

Northern Bank Building, Waring Street — Cathedral Quarter Steering Group Maps, Plans and Concepts 5pm - 10pm

University of Ulster, York Street — Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People 7pm-9pm

University of Ulster, York Street — Cinemagic 20th Anniversary A Celebration of Shorts 7pm-9pm

Clarke School of Dancing, Donegall Street — Free Taster Sessions 6.30pm-9.30pm

Community Arts Forum, Church Street — Various Events 4pm-10pm

Cotton Court, Waring Street—Craft NI Vessels of Memory 5pm-10pm

Northern Bank Building, Waring Street — Creative Exchange 4 Fields of Reference 7pm-9pm

Dance Resource Base, Donegall Street — Taster Dance Workshops 5.30pm-7.30pm

Cathedral Quarter — Dance United NI, Severed Strings 6pm-8pm

The Dark Horse, Commercial Court — 15 Second Film Festival 5pm-late

Cathedral Quarter — Educational Shakespeare Company Various events 5pm-10pm

Deers Head, Lower Garfield Street —Explosion Soundsystem Dub, Ska and Reggae Disco 10pm-late

First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street — Historic tour 6.30pm and 7.30pm

Madden’s Bar, Berry Street — Folk Town, CIC Various Events 4pm-8pm

Kelly’s Cellars, Bank Square — Folk Town, CIC Various Events 4pm-10pm

Berry Street — Forum for Alternative Belfast and Flax Arts Studios Breakthrough Berry Street 5pm-8pm

21 Talbot Street — Frank, The Chain 6.30pm-9.30pm

73 Royal Avenue — Gallery 73 Future Greats 6pm -10pm

Global Arts Studio, North Street — Inside the Global

Arts Studio. 5pm-9pm

Golden Thread Gallery, Great Patrick Street — Be Part of the Scene 4pm-10pm

Northern Bank Building, Waring Street — Ignis Visual Art Using Light 5pm-10pm

The Dark Horse, Commercial Court — John Baucher, Moochin Photoman 6pm-9pm

John Hewitt, Donegall Street — One Small Victory 5pm-late

La Boca, Fountain Street — Anna Grattone Exhibition, 4pm-7pm

Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue —Libraries NI Various Events 4pm-7pm

War Memorial Hall, Waring Street —MCE Public Relations Pecha Kucha — Whose Culture Is It Anyway? 8pm-9.30pm

The Belfast Barge, Lanyon Quay — Moving On Music/ Lagan Legacy, Donal O’Connor, John McSherry and Friends 7-9pm

Northern Bank Building, Waring Street —New Belfast Community Arts Initiative Creative Workshop Programme 6pm -9pm

NI War Memorial, Talbot Street— WWII Homefront Exhibition and Great Artworks 7pm- 10pm

Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Hill Street — Open Day and lectures 1pm-9pm

Northern Visions TV, Donegall Street — Behind the Scenes 6.30pm-8.30pm

Oh Yeah Music Centre, Gordon Street— The Oh Yeah NI Music Exhibition 12 noon-11pm

Deer’s Head, Lower Garfield Street — Open House Festival & Chilli Fest, Americana & Nu Folk Showcase 4pm-10pm

40 Fountain Street — Out of Place Showcase 6pm-9pm

PS2 Gallery, Donegall Street — Budgie Butlins 4pm-10pm

Queen Street Sudios, Queen Street — Artist Open Studios 5pm-9pm

CAF Church Street — Ransom Productions Reading From Even The Static 6.30pm- 7.30pm

Northern Bank Building, Waring Street — Refound By You 5pm- 8pm

Safehouse Artspace Gallery, Donegall Street — Forbidden Art Night 5pm-9pm

Sonic Academy, Talbot Street — The Best of Northern Irish Music 4pm-10pm

St George’s Parish Church, High Street — Historic Tour 6pm and 7pm

St Patrick’s Parish Church, Donegall Street — Music by Candlelight 8pm-9pm

Stephen Shaw Gallery, Winetavern Street — Paintings of Belfast 2pm-8pm

Belfast Cathedral Car Park, Donegall Street — Stop Climate Chaos, Culture Night Bike Park 5pm-10pm

Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue — Studio NI 6th Anniversary Interactive Exhibition 5pm-10pm

The MAC, St Anne’s Square — Stormont Teacup & Building the MAC 8pm-9pm

Todd Architects & Planners, Hill Street — Open Door 5pm-8pm

Oh Yeah Music Centre, Gordon Street — Trad for Trocaire 5pm- 10pm

NIEA Building, Hill Street — Ulster Architectural Historical Society Various Events. 1pm- 9.30pm

Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue — Ultach Trust 9.15pm- 9.45pm

University of Ulster, York Street — Various Events 5pm-9pm

Premier Inn, Waring Street — A World of Music at the Inn 6.30pm-late

University of Ulster, York St — Tales & Art Workshops 6-9pm

For more information: www.culturenightbelfast.com

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