EastSide Arts, supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, is delighted to announce Christina Collins as the winner of the inaugural C.S. Lewis Writer’s Bursary.

The bursary, which celebrates the legacy of C.S. Lewis, will provide Christina with an opportunity to develop a new piece of written work. Christina, who has Irish/Armenian heritage, immigrated to NI from America in 2015. She will use the bursary as an opportunity to work on a new young-adult novel, partly inspired by her own experience of emigrating to Northern Ireland.

EastSide Partnership is set to celebrate east Belfast’s rich history with the development of the Newtownards Road Heritage Trail. The trail will celebrate the industrial, social, cultural, religious and political heritage of the Newtownards Road from Holywood Arches to Bridge End.

Attention Parents -Nursery Admissions 2021

EastSide Learning have compiled all the information needed to help parents in East Belfast make their Nursery/Pre School choices for Sept 2021, the online admissions application process opens on 7th January.

To find the locations/providers of Pre School places here is an interactive map to help 

Curated by Jan Carson, this year’s Writers’ Symposium aims to bring together leading voices in writing from Northern Ireland to discuss how our writers are approaching global issues and themes; how they are revisiting ideas associated with the history and politics of N.I. but finding new ways to tell the stories; what opportunities exist outside N.I. and how best they might promote their work internationally and finally, what makes writing from Northern Ireland so distinctive. 

We will be finishing for the Christmas period on Friday 18th December, returning to work on Monday 4th January 2021.

Thank you for all your support and encouragement in 2020.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all!

Just when you thought you had heard all there was to know about the Titanic story in Belfast, along comes a new twist on a local story that could fundamentally challenge our local history and poses the question: ‘Who lies in the grave of Samuel Joseph Scott (Titanic’s first victim) in Belfast City Cemetery?’ The probable answer is that it is not the remains of Samuel Joseph Scott!

Chris Armstrong, manager of EastSide Tourism and Michele Bryans, manager of EastSide Greenways were appointed as Assistant Chief Executives at EastSide Partnership earlier this year.

Chris and Michele took up their additional roles within the organisation in September and will be supporting Chief Executive, Maurice Kinkead with the future strategic development of EastSide Partnership.

EastSide Learning was delighted to be part of an effort to help families with home learning during the pandemic.

We put together family and early learning packs earlier in the year which included resources such as books, a variety of stationary items and learning and activity cards.

We were able to curate and distribute 350 family learning packs and 300 early learning packs to families across east Belfast over this period

The Scaffolding Project works in partnership with community organisations to tackle the impact of disadvantage in Inner East Belfast. We want to keep compassion at the heart of our community by making sure support is there when times are tough.

Food and fuel are at the heart of how the Scaffolding Project can help support local people in need, and this year more than ever, we want to make sure the impact of Covid-19 doesn't have an impact on Christmas!

EastSide Arts, supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, is delighted to invite applications for a new bursary award celebrating the legacy of C.S. Lewis.

Using C.S. Lewis as our inspiration, we ask, what is it like to arrive here in Northern Ireland from somewhere else? Where are the footholds and the touch-points to connect with Northern Ireland? What is it like call NI home if you have joint heritage?  

Who can apply?