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Stop Press: take a tour of the Belfast Telegraph on city’s night of culture

By Emily Moulton

Fancy learning how to belly-dance, make candy or even take part in a bit of street ceili?

Well tonight you will get the chance to do all three — as well as a lot more — as part of Belfast Culture Night.

The event, which amazed crowds in 2009, is back for a second year with organisers promising an even better time.

More than 100 galleries, venues, businesses, community centres, churches, studios and historic buildings are throwing open their doors for a night of free fun.

Last year more than 15,000 flocked to Belfast for the festival and this year organisers are hoping the diverse range of attractions will encourage a lot more.

Community and arts groups will come together on Friday evening to provide a night of great fun and those behind the event have promised that there will be something for everyone.

And the Belfast Telegraph is even offering a opportunity to have a look at how the headlines are made with a tour of its famous presses.

For music lovers The Oh Yeah centre will be featuring a host of treats, including book and vintage record stalls and family-friendly live and open acoustic music.

Renowned performers The Beat Carnival will host a series of carnival workshops culminating in an end of night performance with Beatndrum & Beatndance in Writers Square at 9.30pm.

For those wanting to sample South American culture, Argentinian restaurant La Boca will be opening its doors from 4-7pm.

And grandfather of punk Terri Hooley will host an alternative walk through Belfast, while free musical bus tours will allow visitors to stop off and sample events across the city.

Culture Night is being staged in 20 towns and cities across Ireland as well as in New York and the Belgian city of Leuven.

Most Culture Night events take place between 4pm -10pm, with some venues opening earlier in the afternoon and some closing a little later.

For details on all events visit www.culturenightbelfast.com

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