Last friday night the city of Belfast came to life for Culture Night Belfast with an array of cultural colour and musical performances that created a carnival atmosphere that echoed throughout the Cathedral Quarter. There were fire-eaters, flamenco dancers, stilt-walkers and magicians, Irish dancers, singing, theatrical street performances and a massive drumming session.
The best event of the evening had to be 101 sessions hosted by the Red:Collective at 101 Donegal Street. A very old church building, home of Redeemer Central opened it doors to the city and hosted two free culture night events. A line up of musical talent performed 3 song sets throughout the evening with well know bands like “The Village Fires”, “The Jepettos” and “The Emerald Armada”. The venue was packed upstairs and it was fantastic to be in a venue like this with so much history soaking up the acoustic atmosphere.
It’s hard to imagine that a crowd of up to 20,000 people ventured into the city that night with more than 160 performances on the go with theatre, art, music, circus, literature, story telling and everything in between on display.
Love Belfast, you would have loved Culture Night. If you missed this, you missed a real treat.