The hugely successful Culture Night sets sail next week with the backing of Belfast Harbour.
The harbour will be the primary corporate sponsor for this year’s annual event to be held on 16 September, with a major cash sponsorship package.
Belfast Harbour is also spearheading a showcase event ‘Breaking Bread’ which will see international food-waste campaigner, Pascale Robinson, transform Donegall Street into a unique, outdoor dining venue which will welcome hundreds of guests to enjoy a delicious free meal using ‘waste food’.
Following the success of previous events delivered by Pascale in Sydney, Brussels, Amsterdam and Manchester, Breaking Bread will serve up a tasty communal feast made entirely out of food that would otherwise have been wasted.
Belfast Harbour’s communications and corporate responsibility manager, Jenni Barkley, said: “We have a strong history of supporting the arts and culture sector in Northern Ireland as part of a wider community outreach commitment and we are delighted to be able to support this year’s Culture Night and directly contribute with an important key event.
“Belfast Habrour has a vested interest in the development and future of the city, so the Breaking Bread event, which is aimed at promoting the concept of building communities and developing new friendships around food, is of particular importance to us as it highlights the role food can play as a means of fostering relationships and communities, not just as a driver for business and tourism.”
This is the second year that Belfast Harbour has supported the popular public event which sees tens of thousands of people take to the streets of Belfast city centre to enjoy music, art, debates, comedy and street theatre.
Adam Turkington, programme director for Culture Night, added: “It has been well documented that funding for the arts has taken a massive blow in recent years, so the support we receive from Belfast Harbour is of real importance to us and those who enjoy Culture Night every year.
"With the backing of Belfast Harbour, we are able to deliver a packed programme of events which attracts thousands of people into the city to experience and take part in unique and engaging performances, displays and exhibitions.
"This year promises to be even bigger and better than before and we’re really excited about seeing it all come together in September.”
Culture Night started in 2009 and has grown in popularity ever since. This year there are over 250 events across 100 different location with 70,000 expected to attend.