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Nashville in Belfast festival gets underway

From left, Saskia Harkley joins musician and film maker John T Davis at George Best Belfast City Airport.

A giant hoe down, celebrating over 20 years of the Belfast’s Sister City Relationship with Nashville, Tennessee, is underway this week.
A jam-packed programme of events has been planned across the city over June 12-16 to mark the special Sister City relationship, which has evolved over the years to embrace music, cultural and educational exchanges, tourism and business development.
“We’re welcoming a 43 strong delegation from our Sister City, Nashville and, as well as facilitating a range of tourism, hospitality, city planning and education meetings, we’ll be celebrating our cities’ connections through food, film and exhibitions, history, family events and plenty of live gigs and professional music workshops as we’re both such great music cities,” said Belfast Lord Mayor John Finucane.
A Summer in the Sister City special foodie evening was held at St Anne’s Square, Cathedral Quarter last night (June 12), with plenty of opportunities to taste authentic Nashville food, accompanied by live music.
A Nashville-themed family film and kids’ music workshop will be held at the Strand Arts Centre on Saturday, June 15 while that evening a very special closing dining experience and concert will be held in St Anne’s Cathedral, with Nashville signature cuisine served family style at communal tables and music from Tommy Sands and Grammy nominated John McCutcheon. And chef Michael King from the famous Monell’s restaurant will be giving free cookery demos at St George’s Sunday Market on June 16.
The full Nashville in Belfast programme is available at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/nashvilleinbelfast.

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