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Street art festival kicks off Belfast Culture Night celebrations

Belfast's annual Culture Night celebrations have kicked off early with Ireland's biggest street art festival returning to the city for the fifth time.

Hit The North with Becks will take place in Belfast from Thursday, September 21 - Friday, September 22.

Artists from as far and wide as Mexico to South Africa will be taking part in the event to bring art to the city streets, as well as local talent included in the line-up.

Street artists and muralists will be aiming to radically transform North Street in Belfast, with big names including Manchester’s world-conquering duo, Nomad Clan.

The pair have been noted as one of the 'Top 5 Female Street Artists' in the world by The Guardian Newspaper.

Festival organiser, Adam Turkington, said: “I can’t overstate what a great line-up we have this year.

"Not only do we have some of my favourite ever artists coming to present brand new work here in Belfast, but it is such a coup to get Nomad Clan over to Hit the North.

"These guys have transformed the way street art is viewed, and their work is just staggering. Add to that that we’ve got Dan Kitchener and Irony returning whose previous Belfast visits have produced murals that have become iconic Belfast landmarks.

"I invite everybody who has even a passing interest in street art or thinks our city could do with a little more colour and vision to Hit the North with us."

Hit the North is a Community Arts Partnership Project.

CEO Conor Shields said: “Hit the North represents for Community Arts Partnership a great opportunity for edgy, international contemporary arts practice to reach new audiences and participants. It has become one of only four international street art festivals in these islands, and offers an alternative vision for our public space."

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