2017 IN PICTURES – SEPTEMBER

September 2017 began with a road trip, and a long one at that, to Edinburgh, to see Linfield take on Spartans in the Scottish Challenge Cup.

Two days later, it was another football match with an international feel, an actual international, as Northern Ireland took on Czech Republic at Windsor Park.

The following weekend was busy, taking in Ryan Adams at Ulster Hall and then Linfield’s match against Glentoran.

There was more football to follow, taking in Linfield’s matches against Crusaders and Ballinamallard.

The following weekend was football free but not photo free, as I was out capturing Culture Night, and Street Art painted as part of Hit The North.

The month ended with a trip to Solitude to see Linfield take on Cliftonville. The less said about which, the better.

Spartans v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Czech Republic

Northern Ireland v Czech Republic Photo Album

Ryan Adams live at Ulster Hall

Ryan Adams live at Ulster Hall

Linfield v Glentoran

Crusaders v Linfield

Linfield v Ballinamallard United

Culture Night 2017

Culture Night 2017 Photo Album

Hit The North 2017

Hit The North 2017 Photo Album

Cliftonville v Linfield

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CULTURE NIGHT BELFAST 2014

A highlight of the year, I headed to Belfast City Centre to take in Culture Night. To give an idea of how much the event has grown in recent years, was the lack of parking spaces (I’d had no bother in recent years, arriving at the same time) getting a parking space in the City Centre.

Parking problems defeated, I headed straight to North Street. Why? It’s my favourite part of the night, as there is always Street Art done as part of the event, so I headed to check that out.

Got some photos of the work in progress, there will be a seperate blog for that over the weekend.

As I headed that way, there was a street parade going on, with free chalk being handed out, and people writing messages on the ground.

From there, I headed to University of Ulster, where there was gorilla knitting done outside it, with many looking and admiring.

Back towards North Street to watch a bit of Street Countdown, a popular feature of Culture Night, before watching another parade, then calling in to have a look at Stand Arts Centre, based on the site of a former bank.

You see all sorts of wonderful things on Culture Night. There was Street Chess, and a performance by Fire Artists outside University of Ulster, and Drummers on Stilts.

As ever, it was a great night, and i’m already looking forward to 2015.

I keep saying it every year, but instead of heading down just after 7, I might just make a day of it.

Photo Album

Culture Night 2013

North Street Art 2013

Culture Night 2012

North Street Art 2012

CULTURE NIGHT BELFAST 2013

On Friday night, I was here, there, and everywhere in Belfast City Centre, for Culture Night, only in it’s 5th year, but already now cemented in the diary as a must attend, unfortunately, the last big outdoor public event before Christmas.

The event mostly, but not exclusively, took place in the Cathedral Quarter, which is where I was mostly based.

After parking, I headed past City Hall and through Anne Street, eventually arriving at North Street, the main hub of the event.

This year, like last year, there was a live painting of Street Art. I managed to get some shots of them being painted. Like last year, I made a note to come back later to get pictures of the artwork with more light and less people.

I then had a walkabout, round to the University of Ulster, where there was plenty of stuff to see, with stilt walkers wandering about the streets, and live bands as you head towards the university.

I then headed to Oh Yeah Centre and Black Box, both of which had live bands performing.

But all the action wasn’t taking place indoors, as there was plenty happening on the street, including Street Countdown, which, as the name suggests, is a live, on the street version of the TV show Countdown.

From there, I headed towards Garfield Street, bumping into Batman, and a Dragon (not together though), as you do, to check up on the new Street Art, which was now complete.

While on Garfield Street, I stopped to watch a performer playing Banjo, doing covers of Dance/Techno/Hip Hop songs, before doing a composition called “Whatever Happened To Timothy?”, a song dedicated to the change from posh vicar’s son to gangsta DJ that has occurred in Tim Westwood’s life.

As well as growing in Belfast, Culture Night has now expanded outside of Belfast to other places in Northern Ireland, including Lisburn, where I headed to Island Arts Centre to see Silhouette perform in a free gig as part of Culture Night Lisburn.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to see any of the events in the city. I’m already looking forward to next year, but might change my plans, possibly taking a half day of work in order to get there earlier and take in both Belfast in Lisburn.

A good night’s entertainment was had, and i’m already looking forward.

I have a year to sort out my plans, in terms of where I go, and at what time, but one thing it certain, i’ll be there.

Photo Album

Silhouette Live At Island Arts Centre Photo Album

Culture Night Belfast 2012

Culture Night Belfast 2012 Photo Album