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Culture vultures to swoop for night of fun in Belfast

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

ROLLER derby, urban ballet and a fruit and veg orchestra.

This is just a small selection of the eclectic line-up announced for this year's Culture Night Belfast.

Around 30,000 people are expected to enjoy the fifth annual entertainment extravaganza which is shaping up to be the biggest, best and most bizarre yet.

On September 20, from 4pm to late, 250 events will be filling 100-plus spaces and places around the Cathedral Quarter in an evening to capture the imagination of locals and tourists alike.

The line-up – including pro-wrestling in Rosemary Street and a Bansky exhibition at the Hudson Bar – was unveiled at the Culture Night launch party at the Gresham Street pub yesterday.

Culture Night Belfast programme manager Adam Turkington said: "Our slogan in the run-up to Culture Night 2013 is 'Under Construction', and that's exactly what we feel about the night itself, and the city as a whole.

"This year we asked people what they thought would make Belfast a little like Culture Night every night and they've responded in their thousands.

"We're expecting September 20 to be an evening to remember, and a reminder of just how amazing Belfast is for visitors and us Belfastians alike.

"Culture Night is an open invitation to everybody, everywhere to come and join us for the very best of Belfast for one beautiful inclusive evening."

Cathedral Quarter Trust director Patricia Freedman said the Culture Night team want to tempt everyone out to "sample the rich talent Belfast has to offer", and Nick Livingston, director of arts development, described the evening as a "fantastic platform for our artists and arts organisations to showcase their talents".

Belfast Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir said the fifth Culture Night looks set to be "the busiest and best ever".

Meanwhile, Eddie Rowan, NITB events manager said: "This event will offer visitors and locals a memorable experience as well as creating a unique cultural atmosphere for all to enjoy."

To find out more about the CNB programme or to get involved, go to www.culturenightbelfast.com

Five of the best

1. Gordon Street 6-10pm: Street Countdown. Street event based on an episode of The IT Crowd.

2. Belfast Circus School 6-8.30pm: Excerpts from the Experts. The highly talented Belfast Youth Circus presents juggling, aerial technique, unicycle and comedy performances.

3. Duke of York 4-10pm: Culture Knit Fever.

Local craft groups from Belfast and beyond cover Commercial Court in colourful knitting and crochet.

4. St Anne's Cathedral 7.30-7.50pm: Meditation Flash Mob Wake Up Belfast. Sit on the cathedral steps in peace before you continue into the creative chaos.

5 .Writers' Square 9.30-10pm: Firepoise. The fire performance group are back to amaze and astound, and this time they're bringing music

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