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Culture Night back to fill the streets of Belfast with lots of free fun

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 28/08/2015

Noirin McKinney of the Arts Council with Culture Night's Helen Scully and Ryan O'Reilly of the Rickety Rickshaw
Noirin McKinney of the Arts Council with Culture Night's Helen Scully and Ryan O'Reilly of the Rickety Rickshaw
The Belfast Rats
Artist Martina Scott

It's a fun-filled cultural extravaganza that draws tens of thousands of people into Belfast.

Culture Night, now in its seventh year, is taking place on the streets of the city centre and in its venues this September 18 from 1pm until late.

The jam-packed programme for one of Northern Ireland's most popular arts festivals has officially been launched and there are around 250 events to entertain young and old, locals and visitors alike.

At the Big Fish sculpture down by the River Lagan yesterday artist Connor McClure was showcasing his skills with help from the public.

The 23-year-old Ulster University graduate and his Drawing in Belfast contemporaries will be running a drawing event on Culture Night.

"We will be behind the Black Box in Exchange Place," he said.

"We love Culture Night. We did it last year. It is a really lively night. Good fun."

Organisers have said the public can expect "tasters, tours, talks, trails, demonstrations, activities, gigs, recitals, screenings, interventions, altercations and interactions".

Culture Night's free events kick off at 1pm with the city-wide Belfast Salutes The Sun, organised by Flow Yoga Studios.

And author Glenn Patterson will be officiating at The Big Fat Gay Wedding organised by Amnesty International on the front steps of The Merchant Hotel.

Paul McErlean, chair of the Cathedral Quarter Trust, said: "Our hope this year is that CNB 15 will show once again the folly of cutting our arts sector and we're extremely grateful to all of the arts practitioners who will once again put the night on for free."

To find out more visit www.culturenightbelfast.com.

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