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5 Cultural Treats

The summer may be over but we’re looking forward to a great line-up this Autumn across Northern Ireland. Foodie festivals, cultural delights, comedy, big gigs and big nights out are all on the bill.

So if you love all things creative and cultural - then look no further.
Here are five not-to-be-missed events to get you started:

#1 Culture Night across Northern Ireland (September 20th)

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Where: Belfast (Cathedral Quarter), Derry~Londonderry, Strabane, Armagh and Lisburn
Culture Night returns this September with a wealth of fantastic arts and cultural events for all the family. What's better? They are FREE!


Join over 30,000 people expected in and around Belfast's Cathedral Quarter and see Belfast at its Cultural best with over 250 events on offer between 4-10pm.  A host of venues, galleries, artists’ studios, historic buildings, cultural organisations, churches, restaurants and many more throwing open their doors to the public to enjoy free performances, events, talks and tours. There will also be an amazing range of activities and events in the spaces and places outside, making Culture Night Belfast an incomparable interactive extravaganza for all. All Belfast's Culture Night events are absolutely free and open to everyone.


Or where better to spend Culture Night than in Derry~Londonderry, the first UK City of Culture? With fashion in the city's Craft Village, fire performances on the City Walls, live music in Guildhall Square and many other celebrations of local tradition - it promises to be a real treat.


Strabane Culture Night returns for the third year, at venues in Strabane and surrounding towns and villages. Explore, discover and enjoy the richness and diversity of our local culture. From walking tours of Sion Mills and open mic sessions to traditional music - a treat for all.


Armagh Culture Night offers a night of entertainment, discovery and adventure in Armagh. Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy.


Lisburn comes alive for this year's Culture Night with musical performances, heritage workshops, outdoor games and live music. 

#2 Aspects Literary Festival (25-29th September)

Where: Bangor
Bangor prepares to rub shoulders with the literati at the 22nd Aspects Irish Literature Festival, with its celebration of the written word. This year's festival welcomes Dublin-born journalist and broadcaster Peter Snow, BBC Radio 4’s Jenni Murray and veteran journalist Sir Max Hastings,stand up comic and author Sean Hughes plus some of the finest songwriters in the shape of Kevin Doherty and Pete Roe.

A very special event will explore Bangor’s life in the written word from Columbanus to Derek Mahon, plus regular events also return such as Colin Bateman’s Crime Night.

To find out more Aspects programme /

Like this you might also like:Grand Opera House Open Day (29th September)

#3  Fermanagh Live (3-6th October)

Live entertainment and visual arts this autumn when the county’s 5th Arts Festival; Fermanagh Live takes place from the 3rd to the 6th October 2013.
Embracing music, drama and visual arts, Fermanagh Live is a celebration of many great events highlighting both local and other innovative talent while promoting Fermanagh’s culture and heritage.

This is a unique opportunity for audiences to experience an exciting and exhilarating programme with an eclectic mix of events that are not to be missed!

#4 Belfast Restaurant Week (5-12th October)

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This tasty celebration of all things culinary will see restaurants serving a selection of special dishes and hosting foodie events throughout the week. Why not try something new or book a table at a tried and tested favourite! Highlights include a local beer tasting and the not to be missed Belfast Restaurant Week’s finale, ‘Night of 400 Diners’ is a spectacular masquerade event, set in the opulent surroundings of Belfast City Hall. Don your mask and sample a decadent array of culinary delights from leading Belfast restaurants. Also on the bill a pop up restaurant will be opened on board the SS Nomadic with a Titanic-themed  menu cookery demonstrations in St.George's Market, a secret cocktail club and much more!

Like this you might also like:  The Food and Drink Show Northern Ireland (25th-27th October, Kings Hall Pavilions)

#5 Belfast Festival at Queen’s (17-27th October)

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Culture at it's best, with an international mix of tenors, tension and transformation. Add to the mix world-class, home grown talent with a new major production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and an epic closing concert from the Ulster Orchestra and the stage is set for Festival 2013. Come along and enjoy Belfast Festival at Queen's.


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