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.

EastSide Arts Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Féile an Phobail Festival would like to appoint a company or individual to undertake a fully-costed feasibility study to ascertain how we might work in partnership to create a Festivals Apprenticeship Scheme in 2021/22.

Download the Tender Invitation for more details.

To mark Women’s History Month throughout March, EastSide Partnership has announced a series of free virtual talks exploring the lives of extraordinary women from and beyond east Belfast and the historical events that shaped them.

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!