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Culture Night at the Belfast Telegraph: All the write stuff to inspire future headline-makers

By Michelle Smyth

Inspirational females was the theme for American Jaime Creeth's interactive Culture Night exhibition.

Entitled Girls To The Front: Riot Grrrl Belfast, the exhibit outside Micky's Deli in Bridge Street involved 'zine making' and a performance by local musician Shannon O'Neill.

Not sure what a zine is?

Jaime, originally from California but now living in Belfast, explained: "It's a little handmade magazine made up of stories and pictures on whatever subject you like.

"The theme of our zines we are encouraging people to make tonight are inspired by a Nineties underground feminist punk rock movement called Riot Grrrl.

"We are encouraging people to make zines about women who have inspired them in their lives – for example in mine I have included photos of my mum and grandmothers, quietly strong women who have influenced and inspired me."

She added: "It is important for women to find their voices and express themselves. The girls and even guys who popped by the exhibition have really enjoyed making the zines. They have loved not just watching events at Culture Night but getting involved too."

Molly Gray (16) from Holywood was engrossed in making her zine entitled What Women Want.

"I have really enjoyed this exhibit – the zine making and the music. It has been fantastic getting together with my friends and being creative," she said.

At the Belfast Telegraph, Culture Night revellers got the chance to not only make the news last night, but become it, too.

'Headliners' enabled people to make up their own front page stories, including their byline and a picture. The rookie journalist's work was then projected onto a big screen on the Royal Avenue side of the Belfast Telegraph building.

In a nod to Culture Night, one woman's headline read: 'Thanks for the free art!' Film Hub NI also took over the Bel Tel's loading bay, transforming it into a pop-up cinema showing films such as Painkiller, a locally produced flick about growing up here.

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