Belfast Culture Night

I traveled to Belfast this past weekend to go to my first convention ever, TitanCon, as a photographer-in-tow. I’m not in any way a convention person, though it was lovely, and there were very cool and fun people, part of the Game of Thrones cast (for those of you who follow; three Stark kids: Maisie Williams and family, Sophie Turner and family, Art Parkinson and family, Tommen (Callum Wharry and family) as well as Syrio (Miltos Yerolemou) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn). You can find the Game of Thrones related things over at Winter Is, along with some of the photos I took.

What I will be writing about will be the Culture Night in Belfast, which was a lovely beginning to my weekend in Belfast.

First, we did a walking tour of Belfast, which started at Europa Hotel (once upon a time the most bombed hotel in Europe) and ended up in the Cathedral Quarter, where the Culture Night was in full swing. The tour was an interesting mix, showing things like the pub The Crown which was in a famous movie (and looks craaazy from outside, see photo below), and the Northern Bank which was home to one of the biggest heists in Europe (26 million pounds stolen in 2004) and The Forbidden Planet, which is a “sci-fi” store (as in it has everything from Star Wars toys, collectibles, to Twilight t shirts (ewwww)). The tour ended by the water, where you could see the place where they painted Titanic (yep, the real one that sank) and also the type of boats that took passengers to the Titanic. It is also called Paint Hall (ha!) and happens to be the massive studio where they shoot several indoor scenes of Game of Thrones.

The Crown Bar in Belfast taken by @sirintugbay

After the tour, we dived into the cultural night on High Street with some falafel from Nick’s Warehouse. The weather was dry and relatively warm, and the streets were full:

Belfast on Culture Night - photo by @sirintugbay

With 93 different locations in the Cathedral Quarter, ranging from pubs, museums, galleries to libraries and churches, the Culture Night had a full programme with ALL cultural things including talks about culture, music and dance performances ,visual arts and family events (not to forget “after parties”).

One of them was the Wireless Mystery Theatre, who “present radio plays live on stage. You are offered a peek through the studio’s perspex glass to watch the live music, the hand-cranked sound effects, the ‘radio personalities,’ and the old-time commercials all as they happen.” Seriously, just look at them:

Wireless Mystery Theatre @ Belfast Culture Night taken by @sirintugbay

They were fantastic with their 20 minute plays during the Culture Night. And I was lucky enough to see them on Saturday, at the end of the TitanCon, where they did two radio plays of H.P.Lovecraft. And here they are with all their props and setting during TitanCon:

Wireless Mystery Theater at TitanCon - taken by @sirintugbay

They were great! I’m hoping they can travel to the Netherlands for something like the Amsterdam Fringe, it would be just so great. Check out their website and see them if you are nearby!

this weeks’ nom reader

Second week of classes have been better, but the number of links… well not necessarily. My passport and UK visa, which I thought was lost in the mail, came back to me in time for this weekend’s trip to Belfast. My first convention. Oh, dear.

But, here is what has been going on this week:

A very interesting essay on the Chronicle Review by Kenneth Goldsmith touching on creative writing, uncreative writing, plagiarism and related issues. Do read it.

– Prepare to laugh a little. Here are the winners of best student metaphors and analogies found in actual school papers. The full list is here. But here are two gems:

He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.

Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

Or maybe not. Turns out this is from the washington post from 1999? . No idea where they are originally from. They are none-the-less hilarious.

– Gender Across Borders has an interesting series about Stigma, Shame and Sexuality. Do take a look.

– And leaving you with a very heart-warming video of 50 people answering one question: What is your favorite memory?

Enjoy your weekend, I know I will.