CULTURE NIGHT BELFAST 2017

Winter is coming.

I know you’re going to expect this post to go in a Game Of Thrones direction but i’m going to disappoint you. I know this is a Game Of Thrones quote, but I don’t know any more than that. No, this is a statement of fact. Winter, is coming.

How do I know that? The appearance of Belfast Culture Night on the calendar, the last event of the summer, one last chance to enjoy oursleves, and Belfast got to work to ensure they did just that.

As it tradition, more a happy accident but we’ll take it, the weather behaved itself and gave us dry skies. Off to a good start.

Culture Night is one of the highlights of the year but it wasn’t in my schedule in 2016 as I missed it due to being in England that weekend.

Ironically, this year’s event was held a week later than in 2016. If they’d held it on this weekend in 2016, I would have been able to make it.

As it turned out, I was hoping it was held in the same weekend as last year due to Linfield’s match being moved forward to the Friday.

I didn’t want to miss Culture Night two years in a row and Linfield go to Warrenpoint again in January, so I thought to myself that I could give this one a miss. My lucky scarf was in my right hand coat pocket as is now superstition. If I can’t bring them good luck in person, I may as well do it in spirit.

In the first years I started going to this, I arrived in Belfast City Centre just after 7pm. As each year passed, it became clear that I was already missing out on a lot by doing this, so I booked a half day, just as a did in 2015, arriving in the City Centre just after 5pm. However, the earlier arrival does make me lose track of time, wondering why it’s still daylight so late in September, not realising what time it really is.

My first port of call was the Cathedral Quarter, to take in the atmosphere, and to check out some of the Street Art photos I was monitoring over the previous days.

I headed to City Quays which was hosted events but there was nothing which interested me, so it was back to the City Centre and Cathedral Quarter.

I stopped off to St Anne’s Square to take in a wrestling match, there were matches all night. The match I saw (I didn’t picked up what their names were) the guy in the orange leotard beat the guy in the black trunks via a submission despite the guy in the black trunks giving him a hiding throughout.

There was more walking, venturing to University Of Ulster and Buoys Park, and then to the Gay Village in Donegall Street which was hosting live cabaret.

Inbetween that, I managed to check out some fencing and fire displays.

It was then back to Buoys Park to take in some Street Countdown, and that was me or the night, I was knackered and my feet were sore.

I’d like to think I will have recovered by the time Culture Night 2018 comes around

Photo Album

Culture Night 2015

Culture Night 2014

Culture Night 2013

Culture Night 2012

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 10.3.2017

1. Rose Elinor Dougall – All At Once
2. John Hassall and the April Rainers – Intercity 125
3. Rory Lavelle – When The Crazies Come Out
4. Pale Waves – There’s A Honey
5. Coldplay – Something Just Like This

In gig news, Erasure have hinted that they’ll be doing a UK tour in 2018. At least that’s something to gt hopeful about.

Hoped to see The Pigeon Detectives doing an instore gig at HMV Belfast last Friday but it was a meet and greet rather than an instore gig, which was a bit rubbish.

The announcement of the full CQAF line-up is near, but The Divine Comedy and Rich Hall (not a singer, but a bloody hilarious comedian) are definitely worth getting excited about.

Culture Night Belfast has been confirmed for Friday 22nd September this year. Slightly annoyed, as I wanted it to be on that weekend last year. I missed the 2016 night as I was in Liverpool and was desperately hoping they would make it the weekend after. Missing it last year makes me look forward to this even more. A half day has already been applied for.

Oh, and i’m still on the lookout for a Ryan Adams ticket.

NORTH STREET (AND SURROUNDING AREAS) STREET ART SEPTEMBER 2016

Culture Night is one of the highlights of the year in Belfast. I may not have been able to attend the festivities last weekend, but that didn’t stop me getting to experience it.

One of the highlights of Culture Night is Street Art being painted live, incorporating the Hit The North Festival, where the northern parts of the City Centre become an art gallery, usually around, but not exclusively, North Street, Garfield Street and Donegall Street.

Returning from Liverpool on Monday, I had some spare time on my hands in the afternoon, so naturally, I got on my bike and headed to the City Centre to get some photos.

Too many people, too many cars, too many obstacles, and crap weather. It turned out to be a frustrating trip.

So, I decided to wait until Sunday morning and head out again when things were a bit quieter to go a bit snap happy.

There was one of the murals which has suffered some structural damage. What is should look like can be found here.

Enjoy.

Photo Album

See also

North Street Art September 2015

North Street Art September 2014

North Street Art September 2013

North Street Art September 2012

2015 IN PICTURES – SEPTEMBER

September began for me on the road to Fermanagh, to see Linfield take on Ballinamallard, and get a 1-0 win on a lovely sunny day.

From the road to Fermanagh to the road to France. My next football match came two days later when I saw Northern Ireland take on Hungary in a Euro 2016 Qualifier, knowing that a win sound them to France.

They didn’t get the win they wanted, but a late draw kept them on course to qualify.

Inbetween those two football matches was some graffiti spotting around Belfast.

Two days after that, I was at The Odyssey, now renamed The SSE Arena, to see Florence and the Machine perform the first concert at the newly renovated venue.

Back to Irish League action the following Saturday, a trip to Seaview to see Linfield take on Crusaders, the less said about, the better.

The following Friday, was the highlight of the year in Belfast, Culture Night, and I was out with my camera snapping the action.

I recovered from Culture Night in time the following day to head to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Warrenpoint.

The following day, I undertook a post Culture Night tradition by checking out the newly painted Street Art on North Street and the surrounding areas.

The final weekend of the month saw me head to Windsor Park to see Linfield edge past Glenavon 4-3.

Like the previous weekend, I headed to North Street to get a look at the Street Art painted for Culture Night, as some pieces were still being worked on when I went down the previous week.

I also headed to City Quays Walk for the first time, to see some Street Art that had been painted there.

Ballinamallard United v Linfield

Belfast Street Art

Northern Ireland v Hungary

Northern Ireland v Hungary Photo Album

Florence and the Machine Live At The Odyssey

Florence and the Machine Live At The Odyssey Photo Album

Crusaders v Linfield

Culture Night

Culture Night Photo Album

Linfield v Warrenpoint Town

North Street Art

North Street Art Photo Album

Linfield v Glenavon

North Street Art Part 2

North Street Art Photo Album Volume 2

City Quays Walk Street Art

NORTH STREET (AND SURROUNDING AREAS) STREET ART – OCTOBER 2015

Ok, one last post relating to Culture Night, I promise. It was one month ago and I should probably let it go.

Street Art I missed in my previous blogs keep getting brought to my attention, so here is the last two pieces.

The first piece is by an artist called Irony, and appears on Berry Street, in the sidestreet as you walk from Tesco Metro to Mourne Seafood, if you know Belfast City Centre.

The second piece is by Friz and appears on William Street (to the side of Royal Aveneue, opposite Central Library), beside previous Culture Night pieces, which are also still there.

I think that’s every piece of Culture Night covered. Hope you enjoyed it.

Only eleven more months until Culture Night 2015, when i’ll be out with my camera in North Street again. Can’t wait.

North Street Art Part 1

North Street Art Part 2

NORTH STREET (AND SURROUNDING AREAS) ART – SEPTEMBER 2015, PART 2

Mopping up from last week, I headed to North Street, Donegall Street and Joy’s Entry to get photos of some of the Street Art as part of Culture Night that was still being finished last week.

I also headed to City Quays Walk to have a look at some Street Art that was also painted as part of Culture Night.

There is plenty of room in City Quays Walk for more Street Art, so i’ll be keeping an eye on that over the coming months to see if there are any new additions.

Photo Album

City Quays Walk Street Art Photo Album

See Also

North Street (And Surrounding Areas) Art Part 1

North Street Art September 2015 Photo Album

NORTH STREET (AND SURROUNDING AREA) ART – SEPTEMBER 2015

As much a tradition as Culture Night, is the aftermath of it, most notably, checking out the final result of the Street Art that gets painted on the night.

I headed over to Garfield Street to have a look, as well as North Street, and the upper end of North Street, as well as Donegall Street where Irish News is based, and then round to where Sunflower Bar is.

There were still some final touches being made to some pieces around Donegall Street, and there were bottle bins blocking any good photos of the piece at the back of Black Box, so i’ll have to make a second visit to get the photos I wanted.

Until then, enjoy.

Photo Album

See Also

North Street Art 2014

North Street Art 2014 Photo album

North Street Art 2013

North Street Art 2013 Photo Album

North Street Art 2012

CULTURE NIGHT BELFAST 2015

The one ray of sunshine in the post summer comedown arrived in Belfast, as Culture Night 2015 took over the city. It’s hard to imagine a time before Culture Night, but it was only as recently as 2008, the event now becoming a circled red date in Belfast’s diary.

I decided to break my habit of previous years by taking a half day so I could be there between 4pm and 5pm. It turned out to be a good move as I managed to see the Street Art being painted from the very beginning, not that I actually missed out on much by arriving at 7pm as I had done in previous year, it felt like a more wholesome experience arriving there earlier.

My evening was spent mostly in North Street, Gordon Street, Cathedral Quarter and Smithfield, just walking around. Culture Night, like life sometimes, is a lot better when you just go with your instinct.

Of course, it wouldn’t Culture Night without taking in some Street Countdown.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad night. The only downside of it being over is that it’s the last big event of the Summer months. Still, you’re never more than 365 days away from the next one.

Photo Album

See Also

Culture Night 2014

Culture Night 2014 Photo Album

Culture Night 2013

Culture Night 2013 Photo Album

Culture Night 2012

Culture Night 2012 Photo Album

2014 IN PICTURES – SEPTEMBER

It took a while for anything to happen in September, almost two weeks in fact.

In the middle of the month, Linfield faced Warrenpoint Town. Such a match was not usually exciting, but it was Linfield’s first home match of the season, and a chance to see in person, the ongoing redevelopment at Windsor Park.

The following Friday, was Culture Night, some great photo opportunities and an excellent evening’s entertainment.

The next day, I was Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Glenavon.

On the Sunday, I headed down to North Street to survey the aftermath of Culture Night, and the new Street Art that had appeared.

From North, I headed West the following Saturday, to Fermanagh, to see Linfield take on Ballinamallard United.

Two days later, I was Seaview bound to see Linfield take on Crusaders in a rearranged game to end the month.

Linfield v Warrenpoint Town

Culture Night 2014

Culture Night 2014 Photo Album

Linfield v Glenavon

North Street Art

North Street Art Photo Album

Ballinamallard United v Linfield

Crusaders v Linfield

NORTH STREET ART (AKA – CULTURE NIGHT AFTERMATH)

As traditional as Culture Night has now become, a spin-off from this has been a trip to North Street on the Sunday afterwards to see the end result of the Street Art that was painted on the night.

A combination of it being too dark, too crowded, and works not yet finished mean I usually wait until the Sunday to document the night’s results.

It’s easy to forget that North Street actually stretches to Smithfield, as there was also art in that part of the street, which I missed on Friday night, focusing on what is outside Aether and Echo.

All the fun wasn’t exclusive to North Street, as there were also pieces on William Street, Union Street and Talbot Street.

Enjoy

Photo Album

2013 Aftermath

2012 Aftermath