16th Sep 2019 in Arts

Culture Night Belfast fever has well and truly arrived in the Cathedral Quarter!

The annual celebration of arts, culture and creativity in our beloved city is happening at the end of this week. To acknowledge the fact that our vibrant arts scene doesn’t just spring to life for one night – it’s very much thriving and continually punching above its weight year-round – this year, Culture Night on Friday 20th is followed by Culture Day on Saturday 21st September!

We also have the return of the Tesco Taste Festival this weekend at Custom House Square, kicking off several weeks of foodie heaven in CQ Belfast as we look ahead to Belfast Restaurant Week and Taste The City.

In the meantime, however, as per usual there are fabulous events happening right across the CQ during the week as well! We have handpicked our top five below, but you can see everything that’s on by checking our What’s On events guide. We can add your CQ event to this guide for free too! Just submit the details here.


68 – 69 The Radicals Speak

Monday 16th September, 7.45pm @ The Sunflower

Eamonn McCann, Michael Farrell and Sarah Wilson lead a panel discussion on the history of the civil rights movement and its continued relevance today. Michael Farrell was a leading figure of the People’s Democracy – the student movement that emerged in Belfast and formed the radical left of the civil rights movement. Eamonn McCann was also centrally involved in the civil struggle and is currently a councillor in Derry city council. Sarah Wilson was an activist working in the London Poster Workshop and came to Belfast and Derry in 1969 to support the civil rights struggle. The Poster Workshop was responsible for designing many of the most famous images associated with the civil rights movement.

This event runs as part of an exhibition of civil rights posters that is being showcased in the Linenhall Library.

culture night belfastBusmen in the firing line – book launch

Tuesday 17th September, 6.30pm @ Ulster Historical Society

Keeping the buses running during the years of the Troubles was a priority which came at huge personal cost – the entire fleet of buses was destroyed and 17 men were killed simply for turning up for work. This fascinating book documents how Eugene, O’Callaghan and union colleagues worked alongside Werner Heubeck and management, both parties setting aside their differences to keep the drivers safe.

Everyone is invited to join the launch of this important publication – find out more and get your free tickets.

Trash Boat Crown Shyness Tour

Tuesday 17th September, 7.30pm @ Oh Yeah Music Centre

St Alban’s punk rock band Trash Boat released Crown Shyness on 20th July to critical acclaim; Kerrang said “With Crown Shyness, Trash Boat have achieved an emotionally-accomplished piece of work so intense you will need a breather after finishing it. But it is also one that deserves repeat listens.”

Belfast is one of the last stops on their European tour before the band heads to America. Find out more and book your tickets on the Oh Yeah website.

Lunchtime Learning: SEO for beginners

Wednesday 18th September, 12.30pm @ Black Box

If you conduct any of your business online, you’ll no doubt be aware of the importance of SEO – but like many others, you may be confused as where to start. Lea from Flint Studios, together with Andi Jarvis of Eximo Marketing, are here to demystify the process – and attendees on the day can also avail of a free SEO audit.

Click to find out more and book your ticket – it’s free if you are based within the Cathedral Quarter BID area, and only a fiver if you’re not.

Belfast vintage and sportswear pop up sale

Thursday 19th September, 11am @ Black Box

Latham Street Vintage is returning to Belfast, filled with the best 80s/90s/00s, sports, branded and reworked fashion and accessories. This is no jumble sale – every single piece has been handpicked, with brands including Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, Adidas, Nike, Puma – but prices start at just a fiver.

Free entry, drop in whenever you like between 11 and 4 while stocks last.


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