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Thousands of visitors descend on Belfast for 10th annual Culture Night

Artists paint a mural in Exchange Place off Donegall Street, Belfast as part of the Culture Night celebrations. Picture by Mal McCann

LIVE bands, street performers and dancers filled the streets of Belfast last night as thousands of people descended on the city for the Culture Night celebrations.

Growing year on year since its inception, more than 230 family-friendly events were dotted around the city centre for the massive annual event.

From city hall all the way through to the Cathedral Quarter, thousands of people enjoyed a free evening of music, dance, theatre and art.

Now in its 10th year, Culture Night is regarded one of the biggest nights in Belfast's cultural calendar and has grown in popularity from attracting 6,000 people when it first began to an estimated 100,000 expected to have attended this year.

With a theme of 'Love', Culture Night 2018 had two world stages, urban sports, a tap-dancing world record attempt, talks, tours, walks and children's activities at venues including The Big Fish, City Hall and St Anne's Cathedral.

Culture Night manager Kerry Rooney said "every year it gets bigger and better" adding that the event "shows off what a rich and diverse arts and cultural scene we have here in Northern Ireland".

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