Featuring hundreds of free events across the city centre, Culture Night and Day is among the most highly anticipated events in Belfast city. With a huge host of exhibitions, talks, tours, music, theatre, light shows, activities, spoken word performances and much more all in the city centre across 24 hours, it’s a spectacle you don’t want to miss!
This is the first year the former Culture Night has been extended to include Culture Day, continuing where the night of Friday 20 September leaves off with lots of fun for the whole family from morning to night on Saturday 21 September too.
We’ve picked out some of the top things to see at this year’s festival, as well as information on how to get there, where to park and where it’s happening.
Friday 20 September
Culture Night Street Feast
Belfast Cathedral, 1-9pm
Sample delicious local and international food at the Street Feast at Belfast Cathedral! A tasty collection of Irish, Italian, Mexican, American, Asian and Spanish dishes will be on offer, as well as a fantastic atmosphere and great entertainment. Don’t forget to use the new Culture Night Recycling Zone and waste bins to keep the city neat and tidy after you’ve eaten!
City Hall Area
Gals Takeover in Margot
Listen to local female musicians in Margot, a stylish underground bar serving cocktails, small plates and carefully curated spirits.
Belfast City Hall
11am – 9pm
There are three highlights at Belfast City Hall. Get a free guided tour at 11am, 2pm and 3pm; check out music and dance on the outdoor music stage from 3pm to 5pm; and hear the sounds of Mix the City musicians until 9.30pm.
Bank Square, Castle Place and Rosemary Street
Foggy Brew, 7pm to late
Screening back to back episodes of the Sopranos, Foggy Brew café will transform into an Italian themed den and mini cinema for the night.
Music at Castle Place
Get in the rhythm at Castle Place. There will be a fun ukulele band playing songs you can sing along to, and a street ceili session by South Belfast Irish Dance giving you the chance for a knees up!
A Night at the Musicals
Belfast Operatic, 8pm-9pm
Join Belfast Operatic Company for a taste of some of your favourite musicals, live on Rosemary Street.
Get inspired at Writer’s Square, where you’ll find a handmade bird installation exploring the movement of people, plus climate displays and environmental events.
Royal Avenue Area and Cathedral Gardens
Culture360 will offer family friendly fun including music, face painting, dancing and free giveaway
When the Lights Go On Again
NI War Memorial Museum, 7pm to late
Vocal trio Swingabella will be performing songs from the 1940s while the Bellhoppers show off some wartime dance routines.
Best of Funk and Soul
Cathedral Gardens, 3-9pm
Enjoy a mini festival vibe at this music stage in the heart of the action on Culture Night! Promising local favourites like the Belfast Community Gospel Choir, expect a lively night of pop, soul and funk finishing with a grand finale form the Light Gardens.
Waring Street, High Street, Hill Street Area
Skipper Street Party
The Cloth Ear, 6pm to late
Get the party started with live music, tasty bites and a lively atmosphere at the Skipper Street Party at The Cloth Ear.
Mardi Gras Street Party
Bootleggers, 6pm to late
Be transported to the streets of New Orleans at this Mardi Gras-style street party at Bootleggers, with live music, drinks and burgers.
Ulster Sports Club, 6-9pm
Dublin act Acid Granny play bangers from an electrified shopping trolley.
Saturday 21 September
City Hall Area
Elevate Morning Rave
Culture Day Music Stage, 10-11.30am
Dance yourself awake in this early morning rave workout with tunes from DJ Marion Hawkes.
City Hall Lawn, 3-4pm
Calling all the ginger-haired and proud! Join a huge gathering of redheads all in one place to celebrate Ginger Pride.
Discover the Lost City
City Hall Lawn, 12-5pm
Test your skills in the Lost City Adventure Golf ‘Challenge Crate’ and Inca putting mat.
Bank Square and CastleCourt
Ta Da Irish Dance
Bank Square Stage, 12.30-1.30pm
Showcasing the best in local talent, the Ta Da Irish Dance company will give you taste of authentic Irish culture with their dancers who have performed in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.
Belfast Busking Band
Bank Square Stage, 3.30-4.30pm
Get moving to upbeat hip hop, soul and funk mashups performed by the Belfast Busking Band
Join some of your favourite Disney princesses for stories, games and songs, hosted by Real Princesses NI.
Culture Day Bazaar
Belfast Cathedral, 10am-4pm
Find the best in Northern Irish art, design and craft stalls at this exciting market at Belfast Cathedral, as well as vintage clothing, antiques, retro furniture, vinyl and food items. There will also be an eclectic mix of DJs bringing international sounds and a choir performance. A great atmosphere for all ages.
St Anne's Cathedral Area
Find Yourself in Nature in the City
Writer’s Square, 10am-5pm
Kids’ can have a go at den building and learning some forestry skills, with this fun pop-up hosted by the National Trust.
Writer’s Square, 4-5pm
Culture Day grand finale with a spectacular fusion if world music, dance and carnival fun presented by ArtsEkta.
Writer’s Square, 10-11.45am
Experience the magic of India through culture, dance and music with this vibrant performance hosted by ImageNationNI.
High Street and Hill Street Area
Mini Popping Beats
The National, 1-3pm
Check out this incredible children’s dance top who will be performing and hosting a class for kids at The National.
Church Music Showcase
St George’s Church, 3-5pm
Come experience the wonderfully experimental fusion of jazz and medieval music with the musicians of St George’s, supported by Sullivan Upper Folk Band.
The Dirty Onion, 1-5pm
Enjoy a candy fair and workshop for the whole family at the Dirty Onion.
Plan Your Trip
There will be Metro and Glider Nightmover services at 11.30pm, midnight, 12.30am and 1am on selected routes. Plus, enjoy a range of discount travel tickets like £3 for a DayLink ticket after 9.30 am.
Belfast is just a two-hour drive from Dublin, with regular bus and train services. Coming from further afield? You can fly here from over 20 European destinations.