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.

Last month Connswater Community Greenway in partnership with Belfast City Council asked the public to come forward and name the following:

1. New bridge at Connswater Shopping Centre & Retail Park

2. Link from Ladas Way to Castlereagh Road

3. Play park at Loop River Park

4. Link from Ladas Drive to Montgomery Road

5. New bridge at Alexander Road

It’s been an incredible 10 year journey and today, 25th April, Connswater Community Greenway reached a turning point in this transformative project; the opening of the final section through Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park to Flora Street Walkway.

This 10-week project, delivered by EastSide Arts and supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland is aimed at breaking down isolation, loneliness and promoting well-being amongst older residents of east Belfast. 

Taking place at Dee Street Community Centre, the free drop-in dance workshops with Anthea McWilliams will encourage participants to get active and learn some new dance skills.

The final section of the Connswater Community Greenway will open on Tuesday 25th April.

This section will create a new access to Flora Street Walkway (Avoniel Park) from Connswater Link (Connwater Retail Park).

If you would like to join us in walking the new section, to celebrate its opening, please meet at the McDonald's entrance (to the Greenway) off the Newtownards Road at 10am.

You can RSVP to Laura by emailing or tel 02890467934.

We are delighted to announce that Andrew Hassard has become the new Chair of EastSide Partnership.

Andrew takes on the role following the resignation of Mervyn Gibson who served as Chair for five years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mervyn for his committment to the Partnership in the role of Chair. We are pleased that Mervyn will remain on the board as a community representative.

Andrew was previously Director of Parks and Leisure for Belfast City Council from 2007 until his retirement in March 2015.

Connswater Community Greenway is asking the public to come forward and name new bridges, links and parks ahead of the opening of the final section of the Greenway at the end of April.

This process has proven popular already with the public naming various bridges including James Ellis Bridge, Sam Thompson Bridge and Grace Bannister Bridge and Marshwiggle Way, the pathway which connects Braniel to Orangefield Park.

Join EastSide Arts for April's Friday night gig at the EastSide Visitor Centre, featuring guitarists Gary Lutton and Gavin Ferris.

As part of the Community Education Project, EastSide Learning are holding Maths and English GCSE Revision sessions over the Easter holidays for Year 11 and Year 12 pupils.

The GCSE revision sessions are held over four days in Skainos, Newtownards Road.

Tues 18th April – Fri 21st April, 10.30am – 3pm

To find out more about eligibility and to reserve your place please visit EastSide Learning website