Crowds flocked to City Hall yesterday to celebrate Belfast Day with a feast of free fun and culture, including live music, theatre and dance performances.
In marquees on the lawn, visitors learned how to ask ‘what’s the craic?’ in at least seven languages including Indian, Chinese, Polish, Romanian, Irish, Somalian and Arabic.
Also on offer were demonstrations on henna tattoos, hair wraps and using chopsticks.
Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir said the music programme was “fantastic – from five piece indie-popsters The Late Twos; to Zimbabwean band Afresh; the Rab McCullough Big Band; Ulster-Scots band Rightly On; young and lively tradional band Síoda, and the Belfast Community Gospel Choir”.
He also commended the Nearly True Tours which gave “a slightly different, very amusing vision of Belfast City Hall”.
He added: “They’re especially popular with children and young people because they’re so whacky.”
Kabosh Theatre were performing five-minute extracts from their Belfast Bred tour, telling the city’s unique food stories; and Shankill Stories offered an account of escapologist Harry Houdini’s performance on the Shankill, as well as descriptions of the linen and shipbuilding industries.
There were also dance performances from Uganda, India, China and Poland, as well as demonstrations in judo, fencing, boxing, and parkour, breakdancing and creative urban art by T13.
Mr O Muilleoir mixed with participants of many nationalities and members of the T13 team during the day, which ran from noon until 5pm.