We are delighted to announce that our Scaffolding Project online shop is NOW OPEN

We have received lots of high quality items of pre-loved school uniform which have been laundered and are now available for you to order FREE OF CHARGE from our new online shop.

From the 6th - 16th August join EastSide Arts as they present an 11-day programme of inspiring and creative events featuring music, theatre, literature, story-telling, visual art, talks and tours under the theme, Moments of Joy.  This year’s events can be enjoyed online from the comfort of your own home, outdoors in person, or in a small number of east Belfast locations as part of a live, socially distanced audience.

This year's EastSide Arts Festival will take place from 6 - 16 August. This year’s Festival is coming to you both live and online with lots of events for you to enjoy in person or from the comfort of your home. 


As part of the EastSide Arts Festival 2020 we have launched the 'Neighbour Portraits Project' to recognise all the amazing support communities have been providing for each other. Find out more in the flyer below.

For further information on the project please contact Aimee by email-

The #ScaffoldingProject is once again seeking quality pieces of pre-loved school uniform for this summer's 'Recycle School Uniform' campaign, now in its 4th year!

Please see the flyer below for full details on how you can donate and which school uniforms we are accepting this year.

For more information please contact Barbara Smith by emailing-

EastSide Greenways, the team responsible for managing the Connswater Community Greenway at EastSide Partnership, recently conducted a survey to determine how the open and green spaces of the Greenway have had a positive impact during lockdown. The Connswater Community Greenway has remained open throughout the Covid-19 lockdown and has proved to be a vital resource for local communities, encouraging safe connectivity and positive health and well-being.

We are delighted to announce that acclaimed local operators, The Writers Café Group will be operating JACK Coffee Bar from Friday 12th June. The Writers Café Group are best known for their award-winning Lamppost Café and the newly established Flannels Café in House of Fraser.

 JACK will re-open for takeaway only. Social distancing and additional hygiene measures will be in place within JACK Coffee Bar so you can be assured of your safety and the safety of staff.

Please note that only the ground floor of EastSide Visitor Centre will be re-opening at this time.

This year’s EastSide Arts Festival will take place from 6th - 16th August and the theme this year is ‘Moments of Joy’.

The EastSide Arts team are working hard to bring you a programme of fun, creative, interesting, and uplifting events and will announce the full programme in early July.

This is a year like no other and like all our friends and partners we will be putting your health and your safety above everything else in these difficult times.

Lisa Rea Currie, our Heritage Officer, has started a new blog series called Heritage from your Armchair over on our Visit EastSide website 

In this exciting new blog, you can explore the past from the comfort of your own home, with resources for absolute beginners and hopefully some surprises for the more seasoned heritage afficionado.  

Are you looking for some new ideas of activities you can do in your garden or even in your house? Maybe you have considered taking up Hula-Hooping or maybe you will after our special virtual Basics of Hula Hooping with Fi Flo on Monday 25th May.