If you were at C.S. Lewis Square last weekend you may have been lucky enough to catch some street circus while you were passing by or stopping for lunch. We have some amazing pop up performances lined up throughout the Summer including stilt walkers, character performances and even a harpist so if you stumble on some of our Summer entertainment make sure to let us know what you saw!

EastSide Partnership’s heritage volunteers were invited to co-create an exhibition with the Ulster Museum during lockdown. Fresh out of designing the EastSide Lives trail, they were able to put their research and interpretation skills to good use to tell the story of a piece of history in the making, Covid-19.

Over the past few months we have been retro refurbishing the George Best House to how it might have looked in the 1960s.

Once complete, guests and visitors will be able to experience 16 Burren Way as it might have looked when a fifteen year old George Best closed the door behind him to go and follow his dreams in Manchester.

We have to say a massive thank you to George's sister Barbara, and brother-in-law Norman for their support during the refurbishment and to Tourism NI for funding this project.

Our Moments of Joy exhibition is now on display at the Holywood Arches. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project.

For this exhibition, local people donated objects that represent a moment of joy they have experienced since March 2020. We hope that by sharing these, you will be inspired to find the things that help when circumstances are challenging

After the success of our last musical DVD resource, we commissioned Maria Connolly to write a new work featuring music from the 1960s and 1970s and so, ‘I Got You Dolly, Love Cher’ was born.

‘I Got You Dolly, Love Cher’ is an entertaining musical comedy featuring some of Dolly and Cher’s greatest hits. This show will warm your heart, make you smile and have you dancing and singing along from your sofa.

We also know how tough the past year has been on a lot of people – we’ve fe

Did you know we have an EastSide YouTube channel which includes lots of videos of our past work, event launches etc.? We have also been uploading lots of our recent online event recordings to the channel and these range from the series of EastSide Greenways webinars to events that took place during C.S. Lewis Festival.

You can check out our uploads and subscribe to the channel here

We are delighted to announce that EastSide Arts Festival 2021 will take place 5th–15th August.

Our theme this year is connection and we are very much looking forward to connecting with you at a number of in-person and online events in August (in line with government guidance).

Watch this space for more information… and keep up to date with the latest news over on the EastSide Arts Facebook page


On what would have been local actor, director, writer, son of east Belfast James Ellis’ 90th birthday today, we are delighted to share this video of messages from some of James’ family and friends who describe his impact and legacy. Featuring some of his children and grandchildren, actor #JamesNesbitt and the Lord Mayor of Belfast Frank McCoubrey, the video shares special memories and stories of his life.

Thank you to everyone who contributed.

We are thrilled to have been awarded £10,000 from the #SharedHistoryFund to mark the Centenary of Northern Ireland.
  • 39 projects have been awarded a grant through the Shared History Fund
  • The Shared History Fund is a £1million fund which The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office to mark the Centenary of Northern Ireland.

We are delighted to announce online events to remember well known east Belfast actor James Ellis on his 90th birthday (15th March), and to mark the 4th anniversary of the opening of the James Ellis Bridge on the Connswater Community Greenway.