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Culture Night and Day hits Belfast this weekend

Culture Night Belfast returns for 2019 on Friday

CULTURE Night Belfast is joined by Culture Day Belfast on the September 20 and 21 as the city prepares for a two days of free, family-friendly events.

Highlights of Culture Night and Day 2019 include: the opening up for the very first time of the Masonic Hall on Rosemary Street for two days of screenings, performances and activities; the first ever Street Feast food and drink market at St Anne's Cathedral; the CNB Bazaar; Brilliant Trails along the city's Riverfront and Harbour; colourful musical magic with Mix the City at Belfast City Hall; the Cathedral Gardens transformed into the Light Gardens for a mini-festival of great live music; and the Metro Cabaret Bus, boasting the most portable, bijou speakeasy in town.

This year Culture Night offers quiet places and disability access right across the event, plus free water refills and reuseable water bottles in a groundbreaking collaboration with NI Water, plus the CNB Recycle Zone at St Anne's Cathedral from which waste will be separated and recycled for use by local businesses.

Culture Nighters are also encouraged to leave their cars at home for the weekend and instead motor their way into the city through peddle or leg power, with extra trains and late night buses laid on by partners Translink.

"This is the year Culture Night Belfast goes green and joins the fight against climate change," comments Culture Night manager Claire Hall.

"We're also thrilled to support Trans Pride, Ginger Pride and Pride in our amazing female DJ crews with GXRL Code and Marion Hawkes, and female-fronted bands on our Power NI Stage.

"There's a pop-up queer performance with Harland & Poof, a first collaboration with AVA Festival, and – hopefully – our last ever Big Fat Gay Wedding, as marriage equality finally appears on the horizon."

:: Culture Night Belfast takes place on Friday September 20 between 1pm and 9pm. Culture Day Belfast takes place on Saturday September 21 from 10am until 5pm. The full Culture Night & Day 2019 programme is available at Culturenightbelfast.com

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