Culture Night Belfast launches loved-up 10th birthday celebrations

As the annual event hits double figures, this year's milestone programme has been suitably sealed with an 'X'. Browse what's on below

The biggest event in Belfast's cultural calendar is spreading the love to mark ten years since its first instalment.

Coinciding with the UN International Day of Peace on Friday, September 21, Culture Night Belfast promises this year to be a special psychedelic celebration following the launch of a Love-themed events programme.

Spaces indoor and out around Belfast city centre and beyond will host over 230 free, family friendly things to do and see with similar numbers to last year's record-setting 100,000 attendance expected.

From Street Countdown and the Camper Van of Dreams to the Culture Night PWU Wrestling Championships, circus performers to ballroom dancing and street flamenco, the city is set to come alive for an evening of exploration and adventure.

This year, Culture Night has not one, but two world stages, urban sports, a tap-dancing world record attempt, CultureBites galore,  live music, talks, tours, walks, children's activities and weird and wonderful events aplenty from the Big Fish to City Hall and Royal Avenue to St Anne’s Cathedral, with organisers promising 'something new and surprising around every corner'.

Taking the experience a step even further, this anniversary year sees the launch of the Culture Night Belfast app, allowing users to design their own personalised itinerary as well as have access to bonus content.

Kerry Rooney, Manager of Culture Night Belfast said: 'We are hugely excited to be celebrating Culture Night’s 10th birthday – they grow up so fast! We have a jam packed programme this year that really shows off what a rich and diverse arts and cultural scene we have here in Northern Ireland.

'Our new Culture Night App will make it easier than ever for visitors to check out what’s on offer from family friendly events, to music and dance, to the usual mix of the weird and wonderful, Culture Night has got it all.'

Susan Picken the director of Director of Cathedral Quarter Trust, who present Culture Night said: 'We’re immensely exciting that Culture Night Belfast is now reached its 10th edition and we’re really proud to present our best programme ever. Bring the city together and remember love is all you need!'

Addressing the launch, Nick Livingstone, Director of Strategic Development & Head of Policy and Research at Arts Council NI, said: 'The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is proud to be a principal funder of Culture Night Belfast 2018 through our National Lottery funds. The popularity of this irresistible creative showcase has grown beyond all original expectations to become one of the undisputed annual highlights of the city’s life. It underscores the power of the arts to entertain, to enrich people’s lives, and to transform places into genuinely shared spaces to be enjoyed by everyone. 

'We hope your experience of Culture Night Belfast 2018 will be a memorable one that will inspire you to go on to explore the amazing creativity that is happening all around us, day-in, day-out, at our arts centres, galleries, theatres and venues.'

Culture Night Belfast takes place on Friday 21 September from 1-10pm. For full details and links to download the app for iOS and Android visit www.culturenightbelfast.com.