From the 1st-11th August places and spaces across east Belfast will transform into hubs of creativity and diversity for the annual EastSide Arts Festival. Supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, this year’s exciting programme is filled with glorious new experiences, amazing and inspiring activities which are open for everyone to enjoy.

The Scaffolding Project are once again seeking quality pieces of pre-loved school uniform for this summer's  'Recycle School Uniform' campaign, now in its 3rd year!
If you have items of school uniform at home that you no longer need and that someone else could benefit from please donate them to:
  • East Belfast Independent Advice Centre (located in East Belfast Newtwork Centre)
  • Men's Shed (located at Connswater Shopping Centre)
  • Dee Street Community Centre

Join Mark Smith from Northern Ireland Swift Group and our local Greenway Leaders to discover the life of our local Swifts.

Pick up top tips on how you can identify these incredible birds, learn about their life and how you can help reduce the decline of this wonderful bird in East Belfast.

There will be a one hour talk followed by a short walk to watch the evening display of swifts and see them dropping in to their nests as darkness falls.

Location: Victoria Park Pavilion

Time: 8pm-10pm

" This year’s festival programme reflects and celebrates the growing diversity and creative energy that is making its presence felt in this part of the city. The landscape, history, culture and above all, people of east Belfast have provided the inspiration for 11 days of events that tell the new stories of the east in surprising and entertaining ways, hand-in- hand with the usual blend of events that allow you to immerse yourself in the history and heritage of Belfast. So, take your pick, be our guests and expect the warmest of welcomes!

Join us for a Summer Roller Disco in C.S. Lewis Square with WigWam Roller Rink!
On the 14th of this month whizz your way around the Square to music with DJ Dave Ralston.
This is a family friendly event that all ages can enjoy.Equipment will be provided and all skating abilities are welcome. There will be two sessions, both lasting one hour.

Session One: 19:00 - 20:00

Session Two: 20:15 - 21:15

Down by Avalon: Reflections on East Belfast, a new book by Philip Orr was launched last week and describes an east Belfast that has contributed immensely to the cultural, industrial, social and political heritage of Belfast. 

The Belfast Maritime Titanic Festival takes place on the 25th-27th May and we are delighted to be hosting a series of #ShipyardStories


Informaton sessions were held in May outlining the plans to improve the Ballymacarrett Walkway section of the Comber Greenway including landscaping, upgrading of paths and improved lighting.

Although these sessions have finished we are still keen to hear your views and listen to your feedback.

16 Burren Way in the Cregagh Estate is the childhood home of footballing legend George Best. George lived here from the age of two until he left for Manchester, aged 15. The house is now self-catering accommodation allowing fans and visitors to experience life in the house for George before he left to join Manchester United in 1963. The house is decorated with interesting mementos, replicas, stories and photographs from George’s life, his family and his football career.

Take a trip along the Connswater Community Greenway and you will see a whole range of beautiful flowers and plants, but do you know what they are? A new book called ‘What’s Growing on the Greenway’ launched by EastSide Partnership and The Paul Hogarth Company celebrates the beautiful plants, people and places which make the Greenway a wonderful place to explore.