We are delighted to be celebrating a special anniversary this year!
Over the past 20 years we have developed and delivered a range of exciting regeneration projects across health, education, tourism, property, arts and community, which have brought huge benefits and have made our mark on the east of the City and we are committed to delivering our mission ‘to make East Belfast a better place’ .
The EastSide Arts Festival 2016 closed on 21st August, following 11 days of fantastic events across east Belfast. EastSide Arts are delighted with the feedback received from the events. Especially well received were the Anúna concert in St Patrick’s, Ballymacarrett, the Nick Lowe concert in Willowfield Church and the two sell out events in Park Avenue Hotel- Kaz Hawkins Band and 1916 Tim McGarry “Goes Over The Top”.
EastSide Visitor Centre, a brand new tourism facility located in the heart of east Belfast delivered by Landmark East (part of EastSide Partnership), is getting ready to open its doors to visitors on 27th August. The centre will not only be an exciting addition to the EastSide, helping to signpost and connect visitors to key attractions and the famous faces and places of east Belfast, but will increase visitor numbers to the area and provide a boost to the local economy.
Tourism in East Belfast will get a major boost when our brand new visitor centre opens its doors to the public on 27th August. The EastSide Visitor Centre will provide a base from which visitors can explore the #EastSide of the city.
George Best House will be one of over 300 properties opening it's doors for this year's European Heritage Open Days in September. This is the 19th year that Northern Ireland has taken part in European Heritage Days which has now expanded to 53 countries and regions across Europe.
Many of the properties, like the George Best House, are not normally open to the public so this really is a chance to explore places that you haven't before.
EastSide Arts is getting ready to bring you the EastSide Arts Festival, 11 days of inspiring events from 10th – 21st August. This year the festival programme is packed with 100 events which will be taking place in more than 40 venues across east Belfast as well as in the city centre. From music, comedy, movies, theatre, talks, workshops, visual art, exhibitions, poetry, events for the young and old, community events and heritage tours plus over 50 free events – there really is something to inspire everyone this year.
A brand new section of the Connswater Community Greenway is now open to the public. Marsh-Wiggle Way is a new one kilometre cycle and pedestrian link connecting Orangefield Park and Clarawood to the Braniel. Following a recent public campaign, Marsh-wiggle Way was named after the fictional frog like humanoid marsh-dwellers found in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, written by east Belfast Author C.S Lewis.