Culture Night 2015: Everything You Need to Know

Your guide to the hundreds of free arts and cultural events occupying regions across Northern Ireland today

Culture Night is upon us once again, which means that across the country hundreds of organisations have together devised colourful programmes of free events to capture the imaginations of those out and about.

While the phenomenon may have began in Belfast, plenty of other towns and cities have since taken on the initiative and infused it with their own unique character, making it a truly dynamic showcase nationwide. Here's what's happening over the course of the evening wherever you are.


With over 250 events focused in and around the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast still remains the central hub of activity. Once in danger of not going ahead at all due to proposed cuts to the NI Events Fund, the organisers have bounced back with the city's most ambitious programme yet.


The recently formed district's first joint Culture Night programme brings together some of the best traditional arts, music, digital media and cultural heritage you'll find in the North West, as venues and spaces open their doors to the public for an evening of escapades.


Omagh's third year participating in the festivities sees a bigger array of events than ever take over the town. From 5pm to 11pm event-goers can explore and experience the area's rich history, get creative at the Strule Arts Centre or enjoy the carnival atmosphere as it spills over to the An Creagán Visitor Centre and beyond.


This year's Armagh programme takes in over 100 free performances across 30 venues, centering around the Market Place Theatre. With talks, tours, exhibitions, storytelling and more it will be difficult to rival the creative buzz right through the district for the remainder of the year.


Having gotten in on the act only two years ago, Lisburn re-joins the party with a unique night of live entertainment, demonstrations and cultural discovery across every corner of the city.