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Belfast Culture Night 'reminds you that the city has a lot of soul'

Thousands of festival goers enjoy the family friendly, carnival-like atmosphere and variety of events

By Luke Barnes

Published 17/09/2016

Thousands of people gathered in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast
Thousands of people gathered in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast
A graffiti artist spray paints a mural on a wall in the cathedral quarter in Belfast during culture night. Picture by Peter Morrison
Drag Artists enjoy the culture night at Belfast cathedral quarter. Picture by Peter Morrison
Members of the public take part in the slow bike race during the culture night in Belfast city centre. Picture by Peter Morrison
A clown entertains people in the cathedral quarter in Belfast during the culture night. Picture by Peter Morrison
Kids enjoy the fun during the slow bike race during the culture night in Belfast city centre. Picture by Peter Morrison
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Emily Walker as the Wish Fairy pictured at the Ulster University at Culture Night. From story-writing workshops, an electronic drum performance and an opportunity to get hands-on with curiosities from the national museums, Ulster University had something for everyone at Culture Night 2016. Home to the next generation of creative talent, the University opened the doors of its Belfast campus in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter to host a wide range of events as part of the City’s largest cultural celebration. Pic By Paul Moane / Aurora PA
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Wrestlers entertain the public during the culture night outside St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. Picture by Peter Morrison
Kate Barr and Kathleen O’Boyle who performed in the Craft Village during Culture Night in Londonderry
A graffiti artist works on a new painting in Belfast
Wrestlers entertain the public during the culture night outside St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast
Cathal O’Connell performing on stage in Derry
Conor Mc clurefrom Us Folk Illstrations at the Ulster University at Culture Night. From story-writing workshops, an electronic drum performance and an opportunity to get hands-on with curiosities from the national museums, Ulster University had something for everyone at Culture Night 2016. Home to the next generation of creative talent, the University opened the doors of its Belfast campus in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter to host a wide range of events as part of the City’s largest cultural celebration. Pic By Paul Moane / Aurora PA
Miguel Martin from ' Not Nice Portraits' pictured at the Ulster University at Culture Night. From story-writing workshops, an electronic drum performance and an opportunity to get hands-on with curiosities from the national museums, Ulster University had something for everyone at Culture Night 2016. Home to the next generation of creative talent, the University opened the doors of its Belfast campus in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter to host a wide range of events as part of the City’s largest cultural celebration. Pic By Paul Moane / Aurora PA
Sonya Mendoza from LA USA pictured at the Ulster University at Culture Night. From story-writing workshops, an electronic drum performance and an opportunity to get hands-on with curiosities from the national museums, Ulster University had something for everyone at Culture Night 2016. Home to the next generation of creative talent, the University opened the doors of its Belfast campus in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter to host a wide range of events as part of the City’s largest cultural celebration. Pic By Paul Moane / Aurora PA
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Ulster University at Culture Night. From story-writing workshops, an electronic drum performance and an opportunity to get hands-on with curiosities from the national museums, Ulster University had something for everyone at Culture Night 2016. Home to the next generation of creative talent, the University opened the doors of its Belfast campus in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter to host a wide range of events as part of the City’s largest cultural celebration. Pic By Paul Moane / Aurora PA
Tori Tenant pictured at the Ulster University at Culture Night. From story-writing workshops, an electronic drum performance and an opportunity to get hands-on with curiosities from the national museums, Ulster University had something for everyone at Culture Night 2016. Home to the next generation of creative talent, the University opened the doors of its Belfast campus in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter to host a wide range of events as part of the City’s largest cultural celebration. Pic By Paul Moane / Aurora PA
Jan Mc Cullough from Makeazine pictured at the Ulster University at Culture Night. From story-writing workshops, an electronic drum performance and an opportunity to get hands-on with curiosities from the national museums, Ulster University had something for everyone at Culture Night 2016. Home to the next generation of creative talent, the University opened the doors of its Belfast campus in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter to host a wide range of events as part of the City’s largest cultural celebration. Pic By Paul Moane / Aurora PA
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Wrestlers entertain the public during the culture night outside St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. Picture by Peter Morrison
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People play drafts on the streets during culture night in Belfast city centre attracted thousands of people. Picture by Peter Morrison
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
BMX cyclists entertain the public with their tricks during culture night in Belfast city centre. Picture by Peter Morrison
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Members of the public take part in the slow bike race during the culture night in Belfast city centre. Picture by Peter Morrison
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Entertainers take to the stage in the Cathedral quarter in Belfast during culture night. Picture by Peter Morrison
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Koo Doyle and David Mc Millan pictured at the Ulster University at Culture Night. From story-writing workshops, an electronic drum performance and an opportunity to get hands-on with curiosities from the national museums, Ulster University had something for everyone at Culture Night 2016. Home to the next generation of creative talent, the University opened the doors of its Belfast campus in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter to host a wide range of events as part of the City’s largest cultural celebration. Pic By Paul Moane / Aurora PA
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Entertainers in costume take to the streets in the Cathedral quarter in Belfast during culture night. Picture by Peter Morrison
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Thousands of people packed turned out for culture night around the streets of the Cathedral quarter. Picture by Peter Morrison
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Culture Night Belfast 2015. Picture: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Culture Night Belfast 2015. Picture: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Culture Night Belfast 2015. Picture: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Culture Night Belfast 2015. Picture: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Culture Night Belfast 2015. Picture: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Culture Night Belfast 2015. Picture: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Culture Night Belfast 2015. Picture: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Culture Night Belfast 2015. Picture: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Culture Night Belfast 2015. Picture: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Culture Night Belfast 2015. Picture: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Culture Night Belfast 2015. Picture: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Culture Night Belfast 2015. Picture: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out for Culture Night. Friday 16th September 2016. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Thousands flocked to the centre of Belfast on Friday for this year's Culture Night.

Revellers were treated to wrestling matches, BMX biking displays and live music on every corner.

The mood among festival goers was nearly unanimously upbeat.

Wrestler Brian Norton, who goes by the stage name "The Northern Irish Nightmare", said: "I genuinely love it. This is the third year we've done it and there's literally something for everybody."

Norton, who is 7 ft, said he was tempted to go try out some power ballad karaoke once he was done in the ring.

Hal Rowlinson, an architecture student at Queen's University, said: "It's nice to see the city come out like this.

"Sometimes Belfast can be far too quiet for my liking and it reminds you that the city has a lot of soul to it."

The family friendly atmosphere of the night was also praised.

Gerry Owens, who'd been enjoying the variety of live music on show over the night, said: "I like the idea that people of all ages are enjoying themselves tonight.

"I know people who come to Belfast for the pub culture and they enjoy it and like the crack - but that's a very one-sided view of the city."

Gerry added that he thought Culture Night was an excellent example of how the lively arts scene in Belfast was slowly on the rise.

Londonderry also got in on the act, as the city held a series of events to mark their Culture Night.

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