EastSide Arts Festival 2023
Booking & Important Information
How do I book my tickets?
All festival events can be booked directly through the What’s On section of our website or our Ticketsolve ticketing here
Events that are taking place at Strand Arts Centre can be booked in person at 152-154 Holywood Road, Belfast; by phone on 028 9065 5830 and online at strandartscentre.com
Tickets can be booked in person at Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, 9 Donegall Square North, Belfast and by phone on 028 9024 6609 at the following times:
June: Monday to Saturday 9am – 6pm; Sunday 11am – 4pm
July & August: Monday to Saturday 9am – 6.30pm; Sunday 11am – 4pm
Door sales – online sales will close 2 hours before each event. If the event is not sold out, tickets will be available to buy on the door (**cash only**)
When you book an event
You will receive an email confirming your booking. Just turn up at the venue 10 or 15 minutes before the event is due to begin and give your name to one of the festival team. You do not need to bring a print-out of the confirmation.
If you book for one of the larger events at Banana Block or C.S. Lewis Square you will receive an e-ticket which you can download to your phone to be scanned at the event. If you don’t have a smartphone don’t worry, we can check you in manually.
Festival tickets cannot be refunded other than in the case of event cancellation, in which case all refunds can only be issued from the point of purchase. Should Covid-19 guidelines change in any way that would make it impossible for EastSide Arts to deliver any of the festival events in their current format, these events will be cancelled, and tickets will be fully refunded.
As far as possible we are using venues that are fully accessible, but not all venues are wheelchair accessible, so please let us know at the point of purchase if you have any special requirements so we can ensure your comfort at the event. We offer 1 complimentary ticket for customers that require a Personal Assistant to attend an event. To request a Personal Assistant ticket please email firstname.lastname@example.org
All seating is un-allocated therefore operates on a first come, first served basis, and seats cannot be reserved other than in cases of special requirements.
Travel with Translink to EastSide Arts Festival
Visit www.translink.co.uk, call 028 90 66 66 30 and follow @Translink_NI #smartmovers
Enjoy a range of great value travel tickets available this summer:
Metro & Glider Family Ticket for £7.50 – unlimited day travel on any scheduled Metro or Glider service for up to 2 adults and 4 children.
Translink Family & Friends Ticket for £19 – unlimited day travel on any scheduled Translink service across the NI network for up to 2 adults and 4 children.
Ulsterbus & Goldline: Save fuel, money & time with 1/3 off day-returns after 9.30am on Ulsterbus and Goldline.
Festival Director Rachel Kennedy
Community Engagement Aimee Consiglia Conway
Production & Admin Assistant Niki Browne
Marketing/Digital Media Jordan McCuaig & Heather Chesney
Press/PR Harriott Communications
Volunteer Co-ordinator Caleb Armitage
Specialist Curation Anthony Toner, Dominic Montague, Rhys Devlin, Tara McBride, Claire Hall
Box Office Manager Kathy Young
Website Administration Anna Leckey
Production Manager Ashley Smyth
Design Circle Creative Communications
Videography Carcosa Film
Photography Neal Campbell
Audio Visuals Third Source/ Matt McIvor
Translink has been a key festival sponsor since 2012. We share the mission of creating positive change in our communities and working in a way that makes an impact where it is most needed. Since 2012 we have created some fantastic projects together including the East West Bus Trip in 2017, Come Glide with Me, to launch the new Glider service in 2018, Jack’s Journey in 2019, celebrating the life of a young CS ‘Jack’ Lewis and ‘A Simple Journey with Three’s Theatre Company in 2021. We are delighted that Translink are sponsoring our year-round programme in 2023/24.
EastSide Arts and Connswater Shopping Centre have worked together since 2017. Connswater plays a central role in the lives of east Belfast residents and EastSide Arts similarly serves the east Belfast community through a year-round programme of cultural engagement events. With shared values in terms making east Belfast a great place to be, Connswater has been a long supporter of other EastSide Partnership companies, demonstrating their commitment to making a positive impact in east Belfast. We could not be more delighted that Connswater Shopping Centre won the Business of the Year Award for their commitment to making the arts a core part of their business delivery in 2021.
Hewitt & Gilpin Solicitors have been supporting the EastSide Arts Festival since its very first year and have supported EastSide Arts to deliver the annual C.S. Lewis Festival during this time as well. Hewitt & Gilpin have a vision of ‘being deeply imbedded within our local community’ and one of their values is to “aim to make a proactive difference in society and within local communities”, which makes them an ideal partner for EastSide Arts and the Partnership as a whole.