Do you have any books that your children have grown out of?

EastSide Learning will be holding a “Giving Library” at the Festival Fun Day during EastSide Arts Festival on 5th August and need your lightly used children’s books to stock the library of free books.

To donate please contact or call 02890451900.

Woodstock Rhythm & Blues Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017.

The headline act this year is Dana Masters & Her Band in The Black Box and lots of festival favourites will return this year including Ronnie Greer, Anthony Toner, Grainne Duffy, Pat McManus & many more.

Download the Woodstock R&B Festival 2017 programme

As part of 'Living the Green Way' in June, the Connswater Community Greenway launched a new walking map which highlights a number of picturesque walks along the Greenway aimed at improving health and wellbeing. 

A subgroup of the Inner East Neighbourhood Partnership has been focusing on tackling poverty in east Belfast and are currently working on the School Uniform Recycling initiative with EastSide Arts Festival.

If you have children that are moving to a new school or who are growing fast we would love to take any unwanted school uniforms (in good condition) off your hands and find them a new home. 

Come and join EastSide Arts us for their regular monthly Friday night gig at the EastSide Visitor Centre, featuring singer Cormac Neeson (The Answer) and guitarist Andy Toman (Unholy Gospel Band). Cormac and Andy will play acoustic covers of some of Cormac's favourite songs with a couple of originals from The Answer and his own songs thrown in there for good measure. 

Three excellent, young EastSide Emerging performers will warm up for Cormac and Andy.

EastSide Arts is currently seeking a Marketing & Communications Intern to support the marketing and communication of the EastSide Arts programme (July to January) with particular focus on the EastSide Arts Festival and C.S. Lewis Festival. 

Person specification:

If you are living or working in an early years or after schools setting you may be entitled to a bursary of up to £1000, to help you attain your City and Guild Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children’s Care Learning & Development or the City and Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Play Work. 

The bursaries are being supported by the Executive Office's Social Investment Fund. 

Living the Green Way is a two day programme of events, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June, supporting and encouraging people to live 'greener' lives.

There will be talks, a market with local produce, cycle training, storytelling & crafts, health & fitness, community gardening, recylcing, cooking and a community clean- up. 

More information available on the Connswater Community Greenway Facebook page

EastSide Arts has developed a quirky pilot project called EastSide People’s Pharmacy. Supported by Hewitt & Gilpin Solicitors, the project encourages local residents to create and contribute pieces of art, craft and other small, meaningful items which will be collated in a purpose-built pharmacy installation. The pharmacy will be open on Saturday 5th August at C.S. Lewis Square.  People will be able to visit the pharmacy and receive a “social prescription” created by another east Belfast resident.
Join EastSideArts for their regular monthly Friday night gig at the EastSide Visitor Centre, featuring County Down singer/songwriter, Matt McGinn.