The EastSide Arts Festival 2016 closed on 21st August, following 11 days of fantastic events across east Belfast. EastSide Arts are delighted with the feedback received from the events. Especially well received were the Anúna concert in St Patrick’s, Ballymacarrett, the Nick Lowe concert in Willowfield Church and the two sell out events in Park Avenue Hotel- Kaz Hawkins Band and 1916 Tim McGarry “Goes Over The Top”.

EastSide Visitor Centre, a brand new tourism facility located in the heart of east Belfast delivered by Landmark East (part of EastSide Partnership), is getting ready to open its doors to visitors on 27th August.  The centre will not only be an exciting addition to the EastSide, helping to signpost and connect visitors to key attractions and the famous faces and places of east Belfast, but will increase visitor numbers to the area and provide a boost to the local economy.

Tourism in East Belfast will get a major boost when our brand new visitor centre opens its doors to the public on 27th August. The EastSide Visitor Centre will provide a base from which visitors can explore the #EastSide of the city. 

George Best House will be one of over 300 properties opening it's doors for this year's European Heritage Open Days in September. This is the 19th year that Northern Ireland has taken part in European Heritage Days which has now expanded to 53 countries and regions across Europe.

Many of the properties, like the George Best House, are not normally open to the public so this really is a chance to explore places that you haven't before.

EastSide Arts is getting ready to bring you the EastSide Arts Festival, 11 days of inspiring events from 10th – 21st August. This year the festival programme is packed with 100 events which will be taking place in more than 40 venues across east Belfast as well as in the city centre.  From music, comedy, movies, theatre, talks, workshops, visual art, exhibitions, poetry, events for the young and old, community events and heritage tours plus over 50 free events – there really is something to inspire everyone this year.

A brand new section of the Connswater Community Greenway is now open to the public.  Marsh-Wiggle Way is a new one kilometre cycle and pedestrian link connecting Orangefield Park and Clarawood to the Braniel. Following a recent public campaign, Marsh-wiggle Way was named after the fictional frog like humanoid marsh-dwellers found in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, written by east Belfast Author C.S Lewis.

Bridges Family Practice on Newtownards Road has undergone a major redevelopment to become a state of the art facility thanks to £1 million funding secured by Landmark East (now EastSide Property) from The Northern Ireland Executive’s Social Investment Fund. A vital community asset, Landmark East celebrated the completion of the building today and launched ‘Starlings’, a specially commissioned artwork for the building.

Local artist Deirdre Robb, from Creative Exchange Studio was commissioned by EastSide Partnership to develop a piece of art for the new Bridges Family Practice building exterior on the Newtownards Road.

The Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) team is recruiting a Communications and Administration Officer to support the development and delivery of the project.

This is a great opportunity for someone with experience in a communications role.

You can find out more about the post and download the application documents from the CCG website

EastSide Partnership seeks a Neighbourhood Renewal Co-ordinator to provide support for the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnerships in Inner East and Tullycarnet and to assist in the development and delivery of their Action Plans.

To find out more and to download an application pack please visit the Recruitment section of the website