Culture Night Belfast 2010
Expanded programme announced for Belfast’s second Culture Night
The most ambitious programme of free events in Belfast's cultural calendar has been unveiled at the launch of this year’s Culture Night Belfast, which takes place in over 100 galleries, public spaces, community centres, churches, artists’ studios, pubs and more on Friday, September 24, as the city stages what will arguably be the biggest and most accessible cultural showcase in its 400-year history.
Culture Night Belfast is a diverse mix of free gigs, exhibitions, talks, illuminations, workshops, films, performances and interactive events that transform the Cathedral Quarter and beyond for one night only.
This year there will be programmed events across all corners of the city - including the Spectrum Centre on the Shankill Road, An Cultúrlann on the Falls Road, the Engine Room Gallery on the Newtownards Road and the Crescent Arts Centre and Indian Community Centre - as well as early evening activities in the Titanic Quarter.
Presenting the new programme, Culture Night organiser Kresanna Aigner said: 'Just a brief run-through of this year’s line-up reveals the dizzying array of activities on offer: Woody Allen movies, live music on the River Lagan, giant puppets, belly-dancing lessons, carnival workshops, Indian Kathak dancing, the chance to be a movie extra, Tea and Tales, church tours and building illuminations. That’s just the first couple of pages!'
Last year’s Culture Night attracted over 15,000 people into the city centre and provided a huge boost for businesses and creative industries in the area. This year, organisers are hoping that the expanded format will see even more visitors flock to Belfast, putting the city's Culture Night on a par with others in cities across Ireland and Europe, including Dublin, Cork, Reykjavik and Copenhagen.
Commenting at the launch of this year’s Culture Night programme, the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Pat Convery said: 'Last year Culture Night proved to be a great visitor attraction. It significantly boosted our evening economy and perhaps most importantly, made the arts and culture of the city accessible to many people.
'I’m delighted to see that Culture Night 2010 has expanded from last year with many more partnering communities participating right across the city. We're delighted to be supporting Culture Night as an inclusive, comprehensive and unique celebration of the arts and culture of the city of Belfast. I wish the organisers every success for this year’s event.'
The series of free taster tours that proved so popular last year make a welcome return, including historic, literary and Late Night Art tours as well as local legend Terri Hooley’s Alternative Walking Tour of Belfast. In an innovative addition to the programme, free musical bus tours will allow visitors to stop off and sample special events in participating communities across all four corners of the city.
Another popular favourite from last year, Stormont Teacup also returns. Hosted by the MAC, this year’s cast of public servants seeing the funny side of local politics are the MLAs Conall McDevitt, Naomi Long, Barry McElduff and Basil McCrae.
Speaking at the launch, Roisin McDonough, chief executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, paid special tribute to the diversity of events taking place during Culture Night Belfast.
'For residents and visitors alike, Culture Night offers an unrivalled opportunity to sample some of the city’s finest cultural delights. Belfast is a thriving cultural centre and an artistic showcase like Culture Night provides huge opportunities for participation and celebration, as well as a platform to engage with new audiences.'
Culture Night takes place on Friday, September 24. Check out the Culture Night website for more information.