CULTURE NIGHT RETURNS AND IT’S BIGGER AND BETTER!
Culture Night 2014 is set to return to Belfast on Friday September 19 for the sixth year running and the city’s most colourful and vibrant celebration promises to be bigger and better than ever with a packed schedule of fun events, exciting happenings and unique experiences.
This year sees the launch of Culture Night Xtra (CNX), which runs from September 16 – 21, giving people even more chances to experience some cultural highlights.
Many of the 250 events are totally free and include live music, dance groups, poetry reciting and opera at over 100 venues, and with something to suit all tastes everyone will get the chance to experience a night of culture, explained NITBs Marketing and PR Manager, Ruth Burns.
“Last year over 40,000 revellers took to the streets of Belfast to experience the electric atmosphere as crowds of people meandered from event to event and enjoyed street performers along the way, in order to get the full experience.
“This year Culture Night on September 19 promises even more especially with the addition of the new event, Culture Night Xtra (CNX). CNX will bring six days of art, music, poetry, dance, film and theatre to Belfast providing an even bigger platform for artists to showcase their talents with businesses, community centres and historic buildings opening their doors for a night of unique and wacky events.
“There truly is something for everyone so check out what’s happening and make a date with Culture Night and CNX,” added Ruth.
Some of the many event highlights include; Guinness Amplify on September 16 at the Black Box, 18-22 Hill Street, from 20.00 – 23.00. Guinness Amplify aims to support new and upcoming bands and acts through a programme of pub gigs, industry workshops and studio time
Big Screen, Belfast City Hall on September 17 from 19.30 – 22.30. Experience a live screening of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto in the grounds of Belfast City Hall direct from the Royal Opera House in London. Fingers crossed for good weather but bring a picnic and hopefully enjoy some evening sun.
Reservoir Dogs, Strand Arts Centre on September 18 from 20.00. Film enthusiasts can experience a screening of Tarantino’s critically acclaimed heist classic, with a brief introductory talk and film discussion. This is the perfect evening for film buffs and die hard Tarantino fans, why not bring a friend who has yet to see the cult classic to see why this is one of the most popular films ever made.
Shadows & Light, St Anne’s Cathedral on September 19 from 19.00 – 20.30. This event will be a delight for Joni Mitchell fans who can listen to all of her well know hits in the majestic surroundings of St Anne’s Cathedral performed by Shadows & Light.
Tir Na n-Og, Writers Square on September 19 from 19.30 – 20.00. Irish traditional dance enthusiasts are in for a real treat as the well know dance troupe Tir Na n-Og take to the streets of Belfast to entertain viewers with an exciting mix of traditional Irish and contemporary dance.
The Annual Slow Bicycle Race, Academy Street on September 19 from 18.00 – 19.30. This wacky and unique race is sure to entertain culture enthusiasts who would like to experience something a little unusual. So come along and discover how slow can you go?
Give Nature a Home at Cathedral Gardens, Donegall Street from 16.00 to 20.30 on September 19. Children and adults alike can come along to an event hosted by the RSPB NI where they will learn more about conservation and how to give nature a home.
The Dogg Ruff String Band will delight music enthusiasts on Donegall Street on September 19 from 18.00 – 19.00 with their renditions of folk blues and blue grass music. Their unique and distinctive style will see them perform a live jam in a camper van.
Belfast Food Network on September 20 at the Assembly Rooms, North Street/Donegall Street from 12.00 – 14.00. Families can come learn more about food including what a sustainable fish actually is. They can take part in fun, interactive workshops and go home with a fish mobile, a collage painting and a wealth of delicious new knowledge.
On September 21, Queens Film Theatre will screen Al Pacino’s films Salomé and Wilde Salomé back to back. This is the perfect event for film buffs and Pacino fans as the film will be followed by a live satellite Q&A featuring the Oscar winning actor and filmmaker. The event will be hosted by actor Stephen Fry.
For information log onto www.culturenightbelfast.com
Further events available on Friday 19 September
Dark Horse Courtyard, Commercial Court, 18.00 – 21.00. Visitors can take in a mural which unveils the words of Alice McCullough. Alice is a writer, comedian and award winning performance poet from Belfast.
Belfast Circus School, 23 Gordon Street, 18.00-22.30. The school will perform an evening of circus and live music every half hour.
The Harp Bar, 35 Hill Street, 18.30 – 20.45. Attendees can experience something very different with Puccini and a Pint: Opera’s Greatest Choruses and enjoy opera in a well known Belfast bar.
Yellow River Daughter, Saint Anne’s Square, Talbot Street, 17.00 – 17.30. This beautiful performance of traditional Chinese fan dance and is sure to keep revellers captivated and entertained.
Super Stories for Super Heroes, University of Ulster, York Street, 16.00 – 18.00. Families will love this interactive workshop where children can get involved in stories, songs & rhymes. Children are encouraged to come along in their favourite super hero costume.
The International Dance Party at Titanic Pub & Kitchen, 2-14 Little Donegal Street from 17.00 – 00.00 will see revellers dance the night away to acoustic music and Spanish guitars.
The Northern Whig, 2-10 Bridge Street, 18.00-21.00. Attendees to the exhibition can take in the many illustrations of Northern Ireland including artwork by Mark Seaton.
Morning Star, Pottingers Entry, 17.00 – 20.00. In A Wander of Wonder Women by Belfast Feminist Network, attendees will embark on a walking tour to learn more about historic women’s lives.
For information log onto www.culturenightbelfast.com