You may have noticed two new pieces of street art around the Newtownards Road. These were installed as part of our EastSide Urban Gallery project funded by the Urban Villages Initiative. The Urban Gallery project aims to transform places and spaces using art and creativity and to contribute to Belfast’s growing street and public art offering for residents and visitors to enjoy.

We are inviting our current and potential volunteers to the EastSide Volunteers Information Evening on Monday 23rd April in EastSide Visitor Centre to find out more about our new #EastSide joint approach to volunteering & our upcoming opportunities across all our projects (Connswater Community Greenway

Jazz @ JACK returns with a performance by No Horns jazz trio in EastSide Visitor Centre on Friday 13th April.

No Horns are a jazz trio based in Belfast. They enjoy performing their exciting arrangements of jazz standards which feature the beautiful guitar work of Mateusz Chmielewski with the rhythm section of Jack Kelly (Bass Fiddle) and Ben Flavelle-Cobain (Drums).

No Horns will be joined by a special guest on the night.

The Connswater Community Greenway is one of four finalists in the UK River Prize 2018 Urban Project Category. The UK River Prize celebrates the achievements of individuals and organisations working to improve our rivers and catchments, and recognises the benefits to society of having a healthy natural environment.

The CCG has reconnected the communities of east Belfast and has brought the area’s rivers ‘back to life’ as focal points and community assets, by creating vibrant, attractive, safe and accessible parkland for leisure, recreation, events and activities.

On Friday 23rd March we launched Holywood Arches: Towards a Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood in EastSide Visitor Centre. 

Holywood Arches is an area in transition. Located at the crossing points of Greenways, Arterial Routes and the Connswater River, it has unrealised potential for sustainable development, as both a vibrant destination and as a gateway to Belfast City Centre, Titanic Quarter and the urban and rural landscapes to the east. 

We are delighted to be involved in a shared learning event on community–led approaches to tourism hosted by Urban Villages NI.

The event will highlight strategic initiatives led by tourism bodies, local government and other organisations; and collaborative community-led approaches across Belfast and Derry~Londonderry.  The event has been inspired by community led tourism projects in the EastSide Urban Village area which include:

  • AuthentiCity Scheme enabling residents to tell the stories of their areas

There will be a series of talks taking place in EastSide Visitor Centre next week (Monday 12th- Friday 16th March).

These #ShipyardStories will reveal more about the men and women who helped shape our maritime heritage.

Tickets available from EastSide Visitor Centre or by clicking here   

Our latest piece of street art in east Belfast is now complete. Linenopolis was created and painted by street artists Nomad Clan who were commissioned on our behalf by Seedhead Arts. Nomad Clan, a duo from Manchester, worked in subzero conditions to install the street art and we are delighted with the results. 

Anthony Toner plays his first #EastSideSession at EastSide Visitor Centre as part of the continuing promotion for his latest collection, Ink. The acclaimed album finds the Belfast-based songwriter in top form on a series of stripped back, acoustic-based songs dealing with the big themes of love, loss and happiness.

EastSide Learning are holding their annual Children's Reading Fair 9th March 1pm -5pm at Skainos. 

During this free event, parents can access information and advice on how to support their child's reading while your children can enjoy activities such as storytelling, drama workshops, iPad fun, rhyme time, face painting and literacy themed dress up. 

You will also be able to take some books home from the ever popular Giving Library.