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Culture Night Belfast, 2015

cnb15_logoLast Friday, we attended our first ever Culture Night in Belfast.

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!

015 (2)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:

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We also crafted messages of hope for the future, to go into a virtual bottle, which will be opened in a decade from now.

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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.

My regrets?

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!

11866217_500040786821261_6503550269546828823_n cnb BeatnDrum samba belfast harbourMy overall impression?

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:

019 (2)I am already looking forward to next year’s edition, as I have this feeling that things can only get better when it come to cultural events in Belfast!

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Mum to one beautiful girl on earth and one sweet baby boy in heaven. Privileged carer. Encourager and friend.


  1. nessjibberjabberuk says

    The city looks fabulous! What a great event for everyone to come together.

  2. I love the sound of this, I have always wanted to go to Belfast, it looks amazing. Glad you had a great time x

  3. What a terrific event – lovely to be a part of. We are hoping to visit Belfast within the next year or so…I haven’t gone there for 20 years!

  4. What a fantastic event. Just the sort of thing i would love to do. I love the message in the bottle idea!
    Your pictures are great x

  5. karaguppy2015 says

    This looks like an amazing event. I went to a catholic school and all my teachers were from Belfast and NI and they spoke about it with such passion – I would love to visit

  6. What a lovely positive event, I saw the picture of you playing chess on instagram, and I love the bottle idea! Belfast is on my list of places to go, has been for a while!

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