Funders & Sponsors


EastSide Arts Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our funders and sponsors.


Arts Council of Northern Ireland (Principal Funder)

Read the EastSide Arts Festival foreword by ACNI Chief Executive Roisín McDonagh

Belfast City Council (Funder)       

Belfast City Council is pleased to support the 10th EastSide Arts Festival.                      


Arts & Business NI (Funder)

Arts & Business are supporting two events in this year's festival; A Simple Journey with Translink and Connswater Summer Rooftop Recess with Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park and Urban Scale Interventions. We are delighted to be able to deliver these bespoke and unique projects that demonstrate the power of arts and business collaboration, thanks to A&B NI.


Belfast Harbour (Funder)                                           

Belfast Harbour have been a supporter of the EastSide Choir for several years, and we are delighted that they are supporting our 4th Family Fun Day in C.S. Lewis Square, which has become a highlight of the festival. This family-friendly event is a chance for everyone to reconnect and have some fun at C.S. Lewis Square. 


Translink (Principal Sponsor)                                          

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, and Jack’s Journey in 2019, celebrating the life of a young C.S. ‘Jack’ Lewis. Watch this space to find out what we get up to this year!


Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park (Sponsor)

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 just won the Business of the Year Award for their commitment to making the arts a core part of their business delivery. This year we will partner with Urban Scale Interventions to transform the carpark roof of the shopping centre during the festival.

Hewitt & Gilpin (Sponsor)

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. We are delighted that this year, Hewitt & Gilpin are supporting our Digital Festival Programme.


Future Screens NI (Sponsor)                                    

This is the first of what we hope to be many years working with Future Screens NI as a festival sponsor. The company are contributing a workshop and an online event to the festival. The online event will showcase examples of creative innovation across the city and examine the potential for City Wide Transformation and enhanced connectivity.