WORDS by LYNETTE CONLON
There are some great culture, music and arts events taking place across Belfast this September, culminating in the return of Culture Night and other cities and towns on Friday September 16.
It’s a great month for music with some exciting and atmospheric top festivals coming up.
The 2016 Belfast Tattoo will have a packed line-up of over 600 international, as well as local, performers. It’s sure to be a spectacular event, with the unforgettable sights and sounds of the Grand Finale of the Massed Pipes and Drums. An event not to be missed. (September 1-3).
For quirky music and classic fans, not ever has a concert tour been more aptly named. Last year The Ukulele Orchestra celebrated 30 plucking years of captivating audiences with their amazing ukulele performances year. The world renowned all-singing, all-plucking superstars’ Belfast audience can look forward to enjoying a unique blend of toe-tapping music, hilarious banter and superlative entertainment!
History & Heritage
The European Heritage Open Days weekend, a great opportunity to discover intriguing buildings and historic sites across Belfast with this year’s local community theme focusing on preserving cultural heritage. (September 10-11).
This month is an exciting one for literature fans with lots of returning favourites and some new and exciting events.
A popular event returns, Aspects Irish Literature Festival (September 18-25) to the seaside town of Bangor, County Down with another great line-up of events. Highlights include poetry to history, journalism to song writing and everything in between.
There will be a unique event added to this year’s programme, Lit Up Inside – an evening of words and music by the talented and legendary great Van Morrison (September 21) at the Culloden Hotel, County Down.
Culture Night, one of the biggest dates in the island-wide cultural calendar, returns on Friday September 16 with more packed programmes of arts and creativity for all the family – and all for free.
Celebrate the biggest and boldest cultural celebration at Culture Night Belfast which will see over 250 diverse cultural events for all the family in the Cathedral Quarter and around the city. From Choral Evensong, a walkabout Samba band and a pop-up Irish language choir. There’s something for all genres and interests whether you are a cultural enthusiast or newbie. See their website for more info – culturenightbelfast.com
Other towns and cities hosting Culture Night programmes include Derry~Londonderry, Fermanagh and Downpatrick.