Culture Night Belfast 2021

The lively and joyous occasion that is Culture Night Belfast has been able to return to an in-person event this year, albeit on a smaller scale than usual. Despite the change in format the event still captured the magic of Northern Ireland’s culture, transforming Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter into a spectacular installation: The Ogham Grove.

The Ogham Grove

This immersive audio-visual experience was set up at Writer’s Square in the Cathedral Quarter and featured an interactive celebration of the ancient druidic language, with massive representations of trees, sounds and lighting weaving a path of learning about the language.

The brains behind the concept include creative lead Gawain Morrison, artist and prop designer Dylan McCaughtry, designer Neil Beattie, lighting designer Tomás FitzGerald and drum loop producer Damian Mills.

In addition The Ogham Grove itself, this year’s event was accompanied by an interactive experience that led visitors through the Cathedral Quarter, and also on a journey of personal discovery. Across the Cathedral Quarter area, there were five zones each representing one of the five families of the Ogham alphabet. If you were not in Belfast over the weekend, watch the insights and the interviews with the creatives behind the project. We hope to be able to welcome you again next year to our Office in Brussels to celebrate Culture Night 2022 on 16 September.

This year’s Culture Night Belfast was supported by Belfast City Council, Arts Council for Northern Ireland, Tourism NI, Belfast Harbour Commissioners and Translink.