Culture Night returns to Belfast on Friday September 18, with St Anne’s Cathedral hosting a range of events expected to draw literally thousands of people through its doors.
Based in and around Cathedral Quarter, Culture Night 2015 will see more than 200 events in more than 100 venues with and predicted 50,000 people flooding the area between 1-10pm.
Activities in St Anne’s get underway at 1pm with the opening of an exhibition by local artist Mary Gilfillan in the Ambulatory.
Throughout the afternoon the Cathedral will be the stage for concerts by several singer songwriters, beginning with Irish Folk and Root singer Marc O’Reilly at 2pm; acoustic music from the Bad Hearts aka Paul Wilkinson and Edelle McMahon at 3pm and Amanda St John singing soul songs old and new from 4pm.
Opening at 2pm, and closing at 10pm Cisme, a hauntingly beautiful video installation by Jonny McEwen, can be viewed in St Anne’s Crypt. The Cathedral is also the venue for an exhibition of banners created with Open Arts, and ‘The WIMPS Blanket Fort’ – a Children in Need project – will offer visual arts and workshops in the Cathedral car park.
There is more music from 6.30pm with Songs of Peace and Freedom, featuring a range of international songs to inspire, and Songs for Feminism and Chocolate Cake at 7pm.
The Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra will fill the Cathedral with Big Band Music featuring swing, funk and pop – that concert kicks off at 8pm, before things quieten down with Sung Compline at 9pm.