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Belfast city centre reclaimed following devastating Primark fire as Culture Night 2018 kicks off in style

Ceilidh dancing on Skipper street during Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
Ceilidh dancing on Skipper street during Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
The Belfast community Gospel choir preform at Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
St.Annes light up for Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
St.Annes light up for Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
Tap dancing world record attempt at Europa Hotel. Credit: Darren Kidd
Tap dancing world record attempt at Europa Hotel. Credit: Darren Kidd
Tap dancing world record attempt at Europa Hotel. Credit: Darren Kidd
Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
The Groove Train at Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
Drew CAmpbell and her mother enjoy Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
The Groove Train Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
Wrestling at St.Annes Square during Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
Wrestling at St.Annes Square during Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
Wrestling at St.Annes Square during Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
Ruby Doherty and Joshua Toman enjoy Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
Belfast Culture night. (Photo by Colm O'Reilly, Belfast Telegraph)
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Pacemaker Press 21/9/2018 Artists erect murals in Belfast City centre as part of Culture night on Friday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 21/9/2018 Buskers in Belfast City centre as part of Culture night on Friday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 21/9/2018 Artists erect murals in Belfast City centre as part of Culture night on Friday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 21/9/2018 Buskers in Belfast City centre as part of Culture night on Friday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 21/9/2018 Buskers in Belfast City centre as part of Culture night on Friday evening. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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Belfast city centre, badly hit by the recent Primark fire, has been reborn with thousands descending upon the city to celebrate Culture Night 2018.

More than 230 different free events right across Belfast have been put on, from opera to brass funk and circus performance to cabaret.

Now in its 10th year, Culture Night is one of the biggest nights in Belfast’s calendar and has grown from attracting 6,000 people to an expected 115,000 this year.

Culture Night reclaimed Belfast’s recently devastated Royal Avenue. Organisers staged a live performances from The Lotties, Daydream Nation and Electric Octopus on the “Right Royal Avenue” Stage just outside the cordon around the Banks Building which was gutted by a fierce blaze.

Kerry Rooney, Culture Night Belfast manager, speaking before the event, said: “The sadly necessary cordon around the old bank buildings following the recent fire at Primark, has caused Royal Avenue to seem like something of a ghost town of late.”

She added: “But this is what Culture Night is all about. The city rallying against adversity and coming together to dream of a better Belfast. What better way to send that message out that to bring Royal Avenue to life again after the recent misfortune.”

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Posted by Belfast Telegraph on Friday, September 21, 2018

The night has also seen a Guinness World Record for the largest ever tap dancing lesson at the Europa Hotel.

More than 400 people took part in a 30 minute tap dancing lesson and three minute performance.

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Tap dancing world record attempt at Europa Hotel. Credit: Darren Kidd

Ian Sheppard, managing director Northern Ireland at Bank of Ireland UK, said: “We would like to thank everyone who took part, they certainly tapped into the spirit of the event to beat the world record and put Belfast on the world stage. It was wonderful to have our charity partner, Alzheimer’s Society, present at the event.

"For the first time, they were able to use contactless collection buckets, courtesy of iZettle, allowing people to donate to the charity using a simple ‘tap’. We have also committed to match funds raised on the night.”

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Posted by Belfast Telegraph on Friday, September 21, 2018

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