For my readers in Europe and the UK, a Culture Night may not sound like a big deal, given the frequency and the history of such events. On the other hand, for Northern Ireland, a relatively small country which has been through so much politically, this is a HUGE thing and such a positive step forward and hopefully, away from its tormented past and towards a future full of hope and unity!
There was an impressive number of events(over 200!) taking place in Belfast last Friday; over 50,000 people took to the streets to celebrate the country’s rich past and present culture and enjoy the “mighty craic”, all in the well-known by now jovial Irish way, accompanied by family, friends and of course, beer!
The weather decided to play nice too and we enjoyed a lovely, mild autumn evening out as a family crafting in the Cathedral’s quarters with Emma, strolling through the very crowded streets, observing passionately quiet games of chess and enjoying divine tunes inside Saint Anne’s cathedral:
We also crafted messages of hope for the future, to go into a virtual bottle, which will be opened in a decade from now.
I do hope all those dreams and hopes come true and in 10 years from now, Belfast will be even more vibrant and blossoming with culture and art and beauty.
That I didn’t get to see and try it all: the gorgeous octopi display, a meal out in the MAC quarters and being part of the parade at the end are on the menu for next year!
That it was amazing display of creativity, joy and talent and that I am very happy to see Belfast coming into its own when it comes to culture.
Even the city hall celebrated and dressed up for the occasion, such an improvement from the last year’s negative publicity related to the flag issues: