St Anne’s Cathedral and St George’s in High Street, Belfast, will both be opening their doors for special tours as part of Culture Night 2010.
The event is taking place in cities across Ireland on the evening of Friday September 24. As well as Belfast, a huge range of free cultural events will happen in Dublin, Cork, Londonderry, Kilkenny, Galway and elsewhere.
The two Belfast churches are among several historic Church of Ireland cathedrals and churches opening up during the evening to enable visitors to enjoy and appreciate these sacred spaces.
Culture Night church highlights include: in Dublin, St Patrick’s Cathedral will be open with tours and a choir rehearsal at 6.30pm and an organ recital at 8pm, and Christchurch Cathedral will be open, with tours at 7 and 8pm. In Belfast, St Anne’s Cathedral will be open with organised tours as will St George’s Church, High Street, for tours at 6 and 7pm, while in Londonderry, recently restored St Columb’s Cathedral will open from 8 to 11 pm with musical interludes. In Kilkenny, St Canice’s Cathedral will invite visitors in as will St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church in Galway. In Cork, both St Anne’s, Shandon and St Fin Barre’s Cathedral will be open to visitors, with Choral Evensong at 6.15pm and a short choral performance at 8pm in the cathedral.