Last month the Connswater Community Greenway gave the public the opportunity to submit ideas and suggestions to name the two bridges at Dixon Park, one bridge at Abetta Parade and one bridge at Flora Street Walkway.

Hundreds of locals flocked to a new section of the Connswater Community Greenway on Saturday 22nd October to celebrate the opening.  
The new section, which connects the Beersbridge Road to Grand Parade, includes the ‘green heart’ of the Connswater Community Greenway – The Hollow. A meeting point for Knock, Loop and Connswater Rivers and the location of the historic Conn O’Neill bridge, The Hollow is best known for the reference made to it in the song ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ by local musician Van Morrison.

Arguably one of the most influential writers and thinkers of his day, C.S. Lewis (or Jack to his friends and family) was not only born and bred in East Belfast but his influence and legacy is still very much alive across the EastSide today. From 18 – 22 November EastSide Arts will mark the impact of this literary great by celebrating his life and work through the C.S. Lewis Festival. Now in its fourth year, the Festival will showcase Lewis’ diverse works, his legacy as well as his strong connections to his childhood home of East Belfast.

The Connswater Community Greenway in partnership with Belfast City Council is giving the public the opportunity to officially name the four new bridges at the new section of the Greenway from Beersbridge Road to Grand Parade including the Hollow. 

Please put forward your ideas and suggestions online at the following link or by completing an offline registration at Avoniel Leisure Centre.

EastSide Visitor Centre is hosting its first art exhibition in the centre. First Minister, Arlene Foster and Speaker of the NI Assembly Robin Newton MLA were our guests of honour at the opening of the A Sense of Place exhibition by Ulster University Belfast School of Art students on Monday 17th October.

About the Exhibition

Join Connswater Community Greenway on Saturday 22nd October from 1pm to 4pm as another new section of the Connswater Community Greenway opens. This section connects Beersbridge Road to Grand Parade and includes the Hollow.

This section will launch with a community event for all the family to enjoy. There will be music, arts and crafts, a duck race, sports, face painting and much more!

Keep up to date with the event on our Facebook event page.

EastSide Partnership has commissioned local artist Dee Craig and Canadian artist Irish Nowa to create an artwork for the exterior of the EastSide Visitor Centre.

The artwork has been designed and work is well underway to complete the piece which will be installed on the white exterior wall of the centre.

Today we held a painting session with Dee and some local people and those who attended thoroughly enjoyed helping to paint a section of the artwork. 

In 2016/17 EastSide Arts will be working in association with Terra Nova Productions to develop The HOME project.  This programme will give 4 emerging artists the opportunity to be mentored with the aim of developing a new intercultural piece based on the theme of HOME in East Belfast. The project will also engage 4 local communities or families living in the east, both from indigenous and new communities, who will work alongside the artists.

We are disappointed to advise that the proposed opening of the new Connswater Community Greenway section from Beersbridge Rd to Grand Parade on Saturday 8th October has been postponed. This has been due to the late delivery of a handrail component to the contractor. As safety is our priority it is critical that this element is completed prior to opening.

A new heritage trail, which will offer Belfast locals and visitors a glimpse into its great industrial past, was launched today, 4th October in east Belfast. The Connswater Industrial Heritage Trail, a collaboration between Connswater Community Greenway Trust and The Very Local History Group, is a self-guided trail highlighting the industries that once flourished along the banks of the east Belfast rivers.