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Culture Night Belfast ~ Fri 23 Sept 2011

Belfast Culture Night

TitanCon 2011 started off on the Friday night with an event organised as part of Culture Night Belfast. Culture Night is a FREE event taking place in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast and celebrates the artistic diversity of Belfast. This includes hundreds of artists and cultural organisations and annually draws approximately 15-20,000 people to dozens and dozens of events taking place all across the city.

All Culture Night Belfast events are always open to the public and TitanCon members were free to explore the wide range of events on offer including:

Full details of all events that took place is listed on the Culture Night Belfast website.

TitanCon presented two events as part of Culture Night:

Walking tour of Belfast city centre

Local historian Joe Curran, writer of Belfast, Birth of a City, helped put together an architectural walking tour of Belfast city centre which Logan Bruce from Studio NI organised and presented. This was an opportunity for visitors to learn about sites of national and international significance and to study historic and contemporary architecture first hand.

Pub crawl

Not an official Culture Night event but it proved a popular alternative to the walking tour. The intention was to visit all of the bars listed below:

McHughs logo

I believe the pub crawlers only made it to half of these bars and stopped off in a chip shop on the way as well. But a good time was had by all and that's all that matters.

McHughs Bar Belfast

An evening with Ian McDonald
McHughs Bar

Our main event of the evening took place at McHughs Bar and featured award winning novelist Ian McDonald who read an excerpt from a new story for children that he is working on - he read the whole thing off an iPhone screen! Ian was joined by fellow TitanCon author guests Peadar Ó Guilín who read a short story (printed on actual pieces of paper) and T.A. Moore who read an excerpt from her upcoming novel from an iPad. Ah the wonders of technology.

If you want to read more about what happened at our Culture Night Belfast event, a report can be read on Winter-is-Coming which may or may not enlighten you depending upon how much truth and factual reporting you prefer to read (the Culture Night section starts about half way down).


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