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Culture Night Belfast 2017: Everything you need to know

Culture Night Belfast returns with thousands are expected to take to the streets for an evening filled with theatre, music, arts, and an all round bit of craic.

So, if you've never been or if you just want to find out what's happening, here's everything you need to know:

When is Culture Night taking place in Belfast?

Culture Night Belfast takes place on Friday, September 22 from 12noon-10pm.

What's going on this year then?

This year's theme is cultural biodiversity and there will be over 300 free events for everyone to enjoy.

Where will they take place?

With over 100,000 people expected to attend this year, Culture Night Belfast has expanded its perimeters.

Events will be held on the city centre streets from the City Hall all the way through to the Cathedral Quarter.

And, due to Culture Night's increase in popularity, events will now be held in the City Quays at Belfast Harbour.

Blu Hydrangea and Cherrie Ontop at the launch of Culture Night Belfast

Will there be information points on the streets so I know what's going on?

Yes, there will be 'Culture Night Hubs' located around the city centre on the night which will be the main point of contact for information, first aid, lost property and lost people.

These are located at:

  • Belfast City Hall
  • Rosemary Street/Lombard Street
  • The Big Fish
  • St Anne’s Cathedral
  • Royal Avenue (Outside Culture Night Office)
  • Edwards Car Park (Outside the Black Box).

Will I be able to get my car parked in the city centre?

Organisers are advising people to leave their car at home if possible as there will be no on-street parking available in and around the Cathedral Quarter on the night - this includes Donegall Street, North Street, Union Street, Kent Street, Academy Street, Exchange Street, Hill Street, Waring Street, Skipper Street, Talbot Street and Royal Avenue.

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Culture Night Belfast

What about public transport?

Translink are putting on a late-night Metro service at midnight and 1am on selected main routes.

For more information, visit or call 028 90 66 66 30

What are the highlights of this year's Culture Night?

Literally too many to mention, but here are some of our top picks:

1. Belfast Salutes the Sun at City Hall

Time: 1pm – 2pm

2. Culture Night Parade - Kicking off from upper Royal Avenue

Time: 4pm

3. Medieval Swordsmanship at Writer's Square

Time: 4pm - 9pm

4. CBSM Drum and Brass at St Anne's Cathedral

Time: 6pm - 7pm

5. Belfast Roller Derby Live at the Big Fish

Time: 6pm - 9pm

6. Parkour Stunt Demos at the Big Fish

Time: 6pm - 9pm

7. Slow Bike Race at Royal Avenue

Time: 6.15 pm

8. Pro Wrestling Ulster live at St Anne's Square

Time: 6.30pm  - 9.30pm

9. Belfast Ukulele Jam at St Anne's Square

Time: 9pm - 10pm

10. Belfast Circus School's Sideboard Sideshow at Belfast Harbour

Time: 4pm - 5pm

And the most important question of all, what will the weather be like on Friday?

The Met Office is forecasting there will be some rain on Friday but it should clear up later in the evening.

So bring appropriate clothing but hope the rain decides to bypass Belfast all in the name of culture.

For a full programme of events, visit

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