Culture Night Belfast
In 2013, we teamed up with Culture Night Belfast (CNB) to bring the final performance of international hip-hop carnival project, Urban Ballet, to Belfast's streets. Performances had already taken place in Portugal, France and South Africa - we hosted the finale in Belfast on Fri 20 Sep. We'd been working with individuals, dance groups, school groups and youth groups since spring to create this highlight of the Culture Night Belfast programme. As well as Urban Ballet, CNB13 also featured our locally-focused Big Drums project - showcasing Northern Ireland's diverse musical history with some seriously big drums!
Culture Night Belfast (CNB) was formed in May 2009 to introduce this new and exciting cultural showcase to Belfast. The inaugural event on the 25th of September 2009, coincidentally on the opening weekend of the Open House Festival, drew a very enthusiastic audience of 15,000 to over 100 activities in the Cathedral Quarter.
A clear focus on family-friendly programming succeeded in attracting an unprecedented number of families into the city centre for the evening. In 2010, without the added boost from the Open House Festival, Belfast’s second Culture Night drew well over 15,000 to an even greater number of activities in Cathedral Quarter as well as pilot events in communities across the city. In 2012, an estimated minimum of 30,000 people attended. In 2013, over 250 organisations and individuals got involved and performed, presents, curated, cultivated, illuminated, showed, screened, told and generally opened up to over 42,000 people across the city centre, and beyond, in an evening of carnivalesque adventure like no other. Beat Carnival's "Urban Ballet" 100-dancer/100-drummer hip-hop extravaganza was a jewel in the CNB2013 crown; this year we're back with even more performers in an even bigger Urban Ballet event. Watch last year's Urban Ballet:
Trans Europe Halles
Beat Carnival is a proud member of Trans Europe Halles, a European Network of Independent Cultural Centres that connects pioneering cultural actors of Moscow, Budapest and Belgrade with creative forces in Amsterdam, Helsinki and Berlin – to mention a few.
The network currently has 50 Members and 14 Friends in 26 European countries. Founded in 1983, the network now brings together more than fifty multidisciplinary and socially engaged member centres throughout Europe. Most centres are located in buildings from industrial heritage and have taken important action in challenging established cultural policy.
Beat Carnival is also a member of Banlieues d'Europe, a resource centre of cultural and artistic innovation bringing together 300 international active partners and 5000 contacts in Europe. The network is constituted of cultural actors, artists, militants, social workers, local councillors and researchers. Their joint objective is to exchange practices and information and to get away from isolation in order to valorise cultural action projects in deprived neighbourhoods with excluded communities.