Belfast Harbour has been the primary corporate sponsor for Culture Night Belfast 2015, Culture Night Belfast 2016 and Culture Night Belfast 2017. Culture Night is Belfast’s biggest and boldest cultural celebration, with 300+ events, 100+ venues and over 100,000 people in the Cathedral Quarter and this year even further.
As part of the sponsorship package Culture Night Belfast 2015 included a new element, the CNB Almanac, an initiative to give Belfast’s citizens a platform to discuss their aspirations for the city. Based on the themes of The Arts, Environment and Young People the Almanac aimed to prompt a public debate about how Belfast needs to plan for the future. The Almanac sessions were held in the Belfast Harbour Office.
For the 2016 event, Belfast Harbour spearheaded a showcase event called ‘Breaking Bread’ which saw international food-waste campaigner Pascale Robinson transform Donegall Street into a unique, outdoor dining venue which welcomed hundreds of guests to enjoy a delicious free meal using ‘waste food’.
In 2017, the event extended from Cathedral Quarter to Belfast Harbour’s landmark City Quays area. As well as hosting outdoor street performances, a range of venues, galleries, artists’ studios, churches and historic buildings opened their doors for exclusive events, talks and tours.
In December 2016 Belfast Harbour supported the first Shankill Lantern Parade. The Parade was part of the Light Up The Road Event, an exciting new initiative and collaboration between Beat Carnival and the Shankill Arts Forum. The festive-themed event encouraged the community to join together, from youth groups to school groups, to take part in free workshops across the Greater Shankill area in the lead up to the parade. There were numerous different activities for all ages to experience and enjoy, such as workshops on lantern making, carnival dance, carnival drumming and street theatre. Groups and individuals taking part in the workshops were also given the opportunity to showcase their creations and show off their Christmas spirit, by participating in the Light Up The Road lantern parade. Over 7,000 people took part in the event.
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