Wednesday 30 June 2021
Everyone is invited to connect with EastSide Arts Festival, 5th-15th August, this summer.  Featuring 100+ artists across more than 80 events taking place both in-person and online, enjoy the festival from the comfort of home, outdoors in person, or at a range of east Belfast locations as part of a socially distanced audience.
Thursday 6 May 2021

We are delighted to announce that EastSide Arts Festival 2021 will take place 5th–15th August.

Our theme this year is connection and we are very much looking forward to connecting with you at a number of in-person and online events in August (in line with government guidance).

Watch this space for more information… and keep up to date with the latest news over on the EastSide Arts Facebook page


Thursday 6 May 2021

After the success of our last musical DVD resource, we commissioned Maria Connolly to write a new work featuring music from the 1960s and 1970s and so, ‘I Got You Dolly, Love Cher’ was born.

‘I Got You Dolly, Love Cher’ is an entertaining musical comedy featuring some of Dolly and Cher’s greatest hits. This show will warm your heart, make you smile and have you dancing and singing along from your sofa.

We also know how tough the past year has been on a lot of people – we’ve fe

Wednesday 24 March 2021

EastSide Arts would like to appoint a company to undertake a digital review and develop a digital strategy. 

Download the Tender Invitation for more details.

Deadline for completed tenders to be submitted is 12pm on Monday 29th March 2021.


Monday 8 March 2021

EastSide Arts Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Féile an Phobail Festival would like to appoint a company or individual to undertake a fully-costed feasibility study to ascertain how we might work in partnership to create a Festivals Apprenticeship Scheme in 2021/22.

Download the Tender Invitation for more details.

Deadline for completed tenders to be submitted is 5pm on Monday 15 March 2021.

Monday 8 February 2021

EastSide Arts, supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, is delighted to announce Christina Collins as the winner of the inaugural C.S. Lewis Writer’s Bursary.

The bursary, which celebrates the legacy of C.S. Lewis, will provide Christina with an opportunity to develop a new piece of written work. Christina, who has Irish/Armenian heritage, immigrated to NI from America in 2015. She will use the bursary as an opportunity to work on a new young-adult novel, partly inspired by her own experience of emigrating to Northern Ireland.

Friday 20 November 2020


C.S. Lewis Writer’s Bursary Award 2021

EastSide Arts, supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, is delighted to invite applications for a new bursary award celebrating the legacy of C.S. Lewis.

Using C.S. Lewis as our inspiration, we ask, what is it like to arrive here in Northern Ireland from somewhere else? Where are the footholds and the touch-points to connect with Northern Ireland? What is it like call NI home if you have joint heritage?  

Monday 16 November 2020
At EastSide Arts we know that 2020 has been hard, and sometimes some good music and nice memories can go a long way in getting you through the day. We’ve teamed up with Accidental Theatre and some amazing singers to bring you recorded performances to lift your spirits and put a smile on your face.
Thursday 17 September 2020

Culture Night Belfast is vibrant, inclusive and essential part of the city’s events programme and we are really delighted to be part of the event this year with the opportunity to showcase some of the work we created for our EastSide Arts Festival in August. We hope you enjoy them!

List of EastSide Arts Events 

EastSide Sessions @ Portview-

Monday 20 July 2020

From the 6th - 16th August join us as we present an 11-day programme of inspiring and creative events featuring music, theatre, literature, story-telling, visual art, talks and tours under the theme, Moments of Joy.  This year’s events can be enjoyed online from the comfort of your own home, outdoors in person, or in a small number of east Belfast locations as part of a live, socially distanced audience.