Culture Night Belfast

Culture Night - the biggest evening in Belfast's cultural calendar - returns to transform the spaces and places of the city centre and beyond!

Festival Details


Friday, 18 September 2015



The programme for Culture Night Belfast promises more events, longer hours and more public spaces being utilised than ever before, with over 250 events including tasters, tours, talks, trails, demonstrations, activities, gigs, recitals, screenings, interventions, altercations and interactions.

Kicking off at 1pm with the city-wide yoga sequence 'Belfast Salutes the Sun', events then spread throughout the day (with over 60 alone taking place before 4pm) across the historic Cathedral Quarter and beyond, welcoming locals and visitors for an unforgettable afternoon and evening of exploration and adventure.

Of the hundreds of events taking place, highlights include The Big Fat Gay Wedding, organised by Amnesty International, which takes place on the front steps of the Merchant Hotel. Culture Night invites you to join the happy couple as author Glenn Patterson administers the vows and Féile Woman’s Choir provides the music.

Moving up towards North Street and Royal Avenue, take a risk and dare to dream...aboard The Campervan. The Campervan of Dreams is a place of imagination, a creative space for people to find acceptance and courage to speak their dreams. Be part of a creative awaking for the people of Belfast as we visually and verbally create an installation of the dreams spoken, whispered or shouted.

Hit The North with Becks returns to North Street helping transform this most historic of thoroughfares in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, bringing high quality street art from the finest street artists into the public consciousness like never before.

The Slow Bike Race along Academy Street promised high tension and snail-like speeds as cyclists race in a four lanes, one metre wide along a forty metre long racetrack. The last across the finish line is the winner. Do you have what it takes?

The Big Culture Night Drum Circle will be going out with a bang in Royal Avenue. Hosted by The Gathering Drum, the Drum Circle has been taking place since the first ever Culture Night Belfast back in 2009 and just gets bigger every year. How big can we make it this year?

Lumen meanwhile is an immersive audio-visual light installation created by Guerrilla Shout in collaboration with DSNT Records, exclusively for Culture Night 2015. The one-night experience features a large-scale projection mapping show, complemented by a kaleidoscopic array of lights that bring its derelict space to life in ways that can only be seen to be believed.