World Police and Fire Games Cultural Programme

View the full programme of events taking place from August 1 – 10

Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, has unveiled a programme of arts, entertainment and cultural events to run alongside the World Police and Fire Games, which takes place from August 1 – 10.

The Summer Cultural Programme features music, comedy, theatre, film and a range of other events, and incorporates upcoming festivals such as Feile and Phobail, the Belfast Film Festival summer programme and the McCracken Summer School.

The Minister made the announcement with Oscar-winning filmmaker, Terry George, DCAL Cultural Ambassador and the director of Hotel Rwanda and The Shore.

'This programme will present the best of our culture to the thousands of competitors, from 60 countries, who will be visiting for the World Police and Fire Games,' said the minister. 'But it is also for the enjoyment of local people, of all ages and backgrounds.'

Highlights include performances by top bands Faithless and the Happy Mondays, a feast of traditional music including a free concert at Belfast City Hall, an exhibition that showcases the history of police and fire services, and a homecoming show by comedian Patrick Kielty.

There are also opportunities to enjoy a Second World War re-enactment beside Belfast Lough, go kayaking in Strangford, and be part of a storytelling festival in Derry~Londonderry. Other events include tours of Armagh Observatory, an exhibition on the Plantations of Ulster in Belfast Central Library, and a screening of Odd Man Out at the Albert Clock.

'This programme includes hundreds of events, which give a flavour of our cultural landscape through music, moving image and a range of other mediums,' the minister continued. 'It has everything from world-renowned global acts to grassroots community organisations and will showcase local arts and entertainment.

'We can be proud of our cultural offering both in Belfast and across the north. With the City of Culture taking place in Derry, there is a real sense of vibrancy and celebration. The World Police and Fire Games are an excellent opportunity to showcase this and remind ourselves of the arts in our midst.'

A diverse range of activities such as exhibitions, workshops and performances will be delivered by all my Department’s Arms Length Bodies. PRONI will also host a family history weekend on August 2 – 3.  When the Games end, the party will continue as the Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann – the biggest celebration of Irish traditional music on the planet – begins in Derry~Londonderry on August 11.

View the full World Police and Fire Games Cultural Programme.