Get ready for buzzing Culture Night Belfast

Noreen McKinney and Sonia Whitefield, Arts Council NI launching Culture Night Belfast 2015 on the Rink Rickshaw with CNB15 intern Helen Scally
Noreen McKinney and Sonia Whitefield, Arts Council NI launching Culture Night Belfast 2015 on the Rink Rickshaw with CNB15 intern Helen Scally

Culture Night Belfast returns on September 18 with a packed programme of free entertainment taking place across the city’s Cathedral Quarter and beyond with live comedy, street theatre, circus acts. guerilla graffiti, yoga parades, flamenco and Tibetan dance performances, woodwork demonstrations and a roller derby all taking place.

There will also be art exhibitions, Irish roots music, singing by Amanda St John and Marc O’Reilly, performances from the Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra and a slow bicycle race, a women-only samba band, crafts, a KidsSpace, live zen buddhist chanting and a drum circle on Royal Avenue.

A swing music afterparty, film screenings at QFT, Irish dancing and interactive art events are also on the superbly inventive programme, plus guided walking meditations of the city, a gender equality and human rights workshop, entertainment in pubs including The Dirty Onion and The Sunflower, a treasure hunt, feminist charades and many more novel items of wonderment are expected to bring the city to life.

The free entertainment begins at 1pm and continues throughout the day and into the evening with thousands expected to congregate in the city centre.

Chair of the Cathedral Quarter Trust Paul McErlean said: “Our aim from the first CNB in 2009 was to draw attention to the wonders of Belfast’s cultural quarter. CNB has indeed done that - and so much more. It is arguably the most anticipated arts event of the year and is the single biggest and most effective way of demonstrating Belfast’s cultural strength.”

Nóirín McKinney, director of arts development at Arts Council of Northern Ireland added: “Culture Night is that one night of the year when the city opens its doors to everyone, where people from all walks of life leave their baggage at home and come together to share the kind of uplifting, energising experiences that only the arts can deliver.”

Culture Night Belfast 2015 takes place on Friday September 18 from 1pm – late across the city centre and beyond. To find out more about the CNB programme visit www.culturenightbelfast.com or see @CultureNightBel on Twitter.