23rd Aug 2018 in Arts

Writers Square in Belfast played host to a wonderful display of Reggae music, Afro-Caribbean culture and delicious street food at the recent Caribbean Social event in the City.

Organised by Destination CQ – the Business Improvement District for the Cathedral Quarter – in partnership with ACSONI (Afro Caribbean Support Organisation NI) and Belfast City Council, the event was in celebration of Caribbean Diversity Week and part of Belfast’s Music Summer Season.

The event saw over 1,000 people unite to enjoy a range of local and international artists perform colourful dances including Notting Hill Carnival legends, Tropical Heatwave and the rhythmic beats of the Steel Drum Maestros. The event also saw DJ sets performed alongside live acoustics and storytelling.

Speaking at the event, Gareth Neill Destination CQ BID Manager said “It has been such a truly fantastic event today and brilliant to see so many people come together to celebrate and enjoy the
rich cultural diversity that Belfast offers.

“Writers Square was absolutely buzzing, and it was fantastic to see this beautiful public space used for such an event.

“One of our aims is to ensure that public spaces like these are brought into regular use for those visiting, working and living in the city.”

Gareth concluded:

“Destination CQ BID would like to invite more partners to team up and deliver more vibrant activity like this across the Cathedral Quarter.”

With a commitment to developing the unique Cathedral Quarter area as a great destination for tourism, culture, creativity, innovation, and business, Destination CQ organised this event in a bid to celebrate cultural diversity, animate the streets and to showcase one of the fantastic public spaces Belfast has to offer.

The Caribbean Social event formed part of the Belfast City Council ‘Summer of Music’ season which will host a total 25 events across the City during August and September, ranging from acoustic
picnics, music tours, to morning raves, busking competitions and opera.

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