"It's the eighth year of Culture Night Belfast, the city's biggest, most colourful and inclusive cultural celebration. In 2015, over 200 organisations and individuals got involved and performed, curated, cultivated, illuminated, showed, screened, told and generally opened up to over 65,000 people across the city centre, and beyond, in an evening of carnivalesque adventure like no other.”
As the cultural calendar leaves the brief summer and begins its journey into the crisp, colourful autumn we witness the arrival of Culture Night 2016.
We unite our own culture with those from around the world to create a great advertisement for togetherness. Belfast lights up with diverse experience from the sounds of Jamaica to Japanese artwork. An entire city comes together to eat, drink and dance.
With so much going on over Culture Night it can be difficult deciding on where to head. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite creative and artistic events that are taking place over the day and evening. Whether it’s kicking back in a record store and listening to local DJ’s, experiencing Belfast’s LGBT culture or moving ferociously to intense visuals and heavy techno, we’ve got you covered.
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Qulture Night Block Party
Hit up the Maverick from four til ten for a free event that showcases an international selection of queer arts and culture as well as an abundance of homegrown talent. The open air party begins on Union Street where you can witness Amsterdam’s Lady Galore and Manchester’s Cheddar Gorgeous performing live alongside The Voice Bear & Marty Byrne, Queens of the Queer Quarter, DJ C-Boy and Jamie Baird, all hosted by Lady Portia DI’Monte.
Cheddar Gorgeous will also be manifesting a feast prior to her evening performance. This will see the diva “installed on-stage” and she invites those in attendance to eat from her fruit banquet and look on as she paints and transfigures herself into Pomona, the goddess of fruitful abundance.
After the success of Belfast Pride earlier in the year the Qulture Nighht Block Party looks to be an excellent illustration of the extravagance and flamboyance of queer culture.
Find a map and visit the Facebook event page here.