That’s a wrap on this year’s EastSide Arts Festival! Thank you for helping us celebrate our 10th birthday in style! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing volunteers, staff, artists, venues and partners who facilitated events; we couldn't have done it without you.

EastSide Partnership, through the Scaffolding Project, has launched the Living Wage Campaign for east Belfast, with the ambition to make east Belfast a Living Wage Place.

EastSide Partnership’s Scaffolding Project is made up of 10 community organisations working together to provide practical support to people impacted by poverty. Since 2017, the project has provided Holiday Hunger and School Uniform Recycling programmes. The project is now looking at ways to break the cycle of poverty by reducing levels of low pay in the area through the Living Wage Campaign for east Belfast.

The EastSide Greenways team is growing, with three new positions currently being recruited.

One position, Project Support Worker, will provide administrative support to the EastSide Greenways Manager, team and board; will communicate with local stakeholders and will support the delivery of the annual animation programme along the Connswater Community Greenway. 

We hope you have been enjoying this year's EastSide Arts Festival. We have a cracker closing weekend lined up Live at C.S. Lewis Square, from the Man in Black to emerging NI talent. It's set to be a sunny weekend, why not join us at one of the events below: 

Thursday 11th August, CASH RETURNS - The Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute Show, 8pm, £15

We are delighted to announce that EastSide Partnership has become accredited as a Living Wage Employer. Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at EastSide Partnership receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90, significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £9.50 per hour.

The Scaffolding Project Recycle School Uniform online shop is now open!
Following the receipt of many generous donations of preloved school uniform we are now able to open our online shop. You can browse great quality items of school uniform for various local schools on the Scaffolding Project Shop

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EastSide Partnership, supported by Belfast City Council, is getting ready for EastSide July Weekender – a series of family friendly outdoor events taking place at C.S Lewis Square, Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th July.

We have been celebrating our 25th anniversary over the past year and that has involved reflecting on some of the projects we have delivered over the years.
One of our projects was the East Belfast Observer, a local newspaper dedicated to news and stories from east Belfast which didn't have its own dedicated paper. We published the paper from 2004 - 2005.

EastSide Arts Festival celebrates its 10th birthday this summer, 4th–14th August and everyone is invited!

Packed full of unique, exciting events, festival goers will enjoy music, theatre, film, literature, walks, talks & tours, comedy & cabaret, family focused and community events for all ages.

The Scaffolding Project is once again seeking quality pieces of pre-loved school uniform for this summer's 'Recycle School Uniform' campaign, now in its 6th year!

The recycled uniform scheme puts unwanted- good quality uniform to good use and the success of the scheme in east Belfast is due to the generous donations from the local community.