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On Friday 9th December we held a dinner in Park Avenue Hotel to celebrate 20 Years of EastSide Partnership.

The dinner was an opportunity to celebrate this milestone year and to thank everyone who has been with us on our journey to date. Staff and board members past and present came together with our elected representatives, funders, sponsors, community and business partners to celebrate the work and successes of the past 20 Years. 

Whether you want to bring your children to see Santa, stock up on treats for the family or fill stockings with gifts handcrafted in East Belfast, the first Urban Villages funded Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 10 December has it all under one roof.  

The Christmas Craft Fair at Skainos, is bringing together groups from across the community who have worked lovingly and tirelessly to produce unique Christmas decorations, tableware, toys and accessories, including hats and scarves, and art for you to buy and enjoy this festive season.  

Join Connswater Community Greenway on Friday 9th December from 12pm - 2pm at Connswater Community Centre for the last Stakeholder Forum of 2016.

This is a great opportunity to get an update on the Greenway construction progress and all the events and activities that have been taking place.

C.S. Lewis-inspired characters light up a new public space named in honour of the local author

The magic of C.S. Lewis received a permanent place in Belfast on Tuesday 22nd November. Some of the most famous creations of the world-famous author are celebrated at the landmark Connswater Community Greenway C.S. Lewis Square where seven permanent sculptures based on characters from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe have been unveiled.

EastSide Partnership has commissioned local artist Dee Craig and Canadian artist Irish Nowa to create an artwork for the exterior of the EastSide Visitor Centre.

The artwork has been designed and work is well underway to complete the piece which will be installed on the white exterior wall of the centre.

We are currently recruiting two new members of staff to assist the delivery and development of our new Belfast East Community Education Programme.

To find out more about how to join the team as Project Administrator or Project Officer please visit the Recruitment section of the website

http://www.eastbelfastpartnership.org/recruitment 

The much anticipated C.S. Lewis Square, part of the Connswater Community Greenway, will officially opening on Tuesday 22nd November, 6-7pm.

The opening event will include the unveiling of 7 new sculptures created by Irish artist Maurice Harron which are based on characters from Narnia characters. They include the White Witch, Mr & Mrs Beaver, Aslan, Maugrim and more...

Last month the Connswater Community Greenway gave the public the opportunity to submit ideas and suggestions to name the two bridges at Dixon Park, one bridge at Abetta Parade and one bridge at Flora Street Walkway.

Hundreds of locals flocked to a new section of the Connswater Community Greenway on Saturday 22nd October to celebrate the opening.  
 
The new section, which connects the Beersbridge Road to Grand Parade, includes the ‘green heart’ of the Connswater Community Greenway – The Hollow. A meeting point for Knock, Loop and Connswater Rivers and the location of the historic Conn O’Neill bridge, The Hollow is best known for the reference made to it in the song ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ by local musician Van Morrison.
 

Arguably one of the most influential writers and thinkers of his day, C.S. Lewis (or Jack to his friends and family) was not only born and bred in East Belfast but his influence and legacy is still very much alive across the EastSide today. From 18 – 22 November EastSide Arts will mark the impact of this literary great by celebrating his life and work through the C.S. Lewis Festival. Now in its fourth year, the Festival will showcase Lewis’ diverse works, his legacy as well as his strong connections to his childhood home of East Belfast.

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