Gay "wedding" and stilt-walking all part of Culture Night

Claire Simpson
19 September, 2015 01:00

LIVE music, giant board games, street theatre, a roller derby and fire juggling were among the highlights of Culture Night across Ireland last night.

Dozens of towns and cities from Belfast to Killarney, Co Kerry, hosted hundreds of events as part of the annual cultural celebration.

An estimated 50,000 people saw or took part in events around Belfast.

Several roads in the city centre including Donegall Street and North Street were closed ahead of the festivities.

Events included yoga and aerobics sessions, stilt-walking classes and games of 'Street Countdown'.

A "big fat gay wedding" was held as part of a protest against laws which prevent same sex marriages in the north.

Partners Malachai O’Hara and Michael McCartan got "hitched" on the steps of the Merchant Hotel, with vows administered by Belfast author Glenn Patterson.

Revellers in Derry took part in circus workshops, a typewriting challenge, and a comic workshop for children.

Downpatrick, Co Down, hosted a fancy dress parade, badge making workshops and an evening of medieval stone carving.

In Dublin, people played giant versions of popular board games including snakes and ladders and Jenga on O'Connell Street.

During the evening, currachs raced down the Liffey; people helped paint a mural entitled 'I'm Mad About Dublin' and TV chef Rick Stein spoke in bookshop Hodges Figgis about his new cookbook.

19 September, 2015 01:00 News

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