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.
Wednesday 28 October 2020

Bring a Little Light to East Belfast this December

In normal times every December, organisations in East Belfast get together for the annual Lantern Parade, complete with Santa and all the bells and whistles. This year, things are looking different for a lot of people and we're all wondering what December will look like. Whilst things are a little strange, we're determined not to lose out on events that bring us together and give us joy, so we’re launching Bring A Little Light

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.

Friday 17 July 2020

This year's EastSide Arts Festival will take place from 6 - 16 August. This year’s Festival is coming to you both live and online with lots of events for you to enjoy in person or from the comfort of your home. 




Friday 19 June 2020

As part of the EastSide Arts Festival 2020 we have launched our 'Neighbour Portraits Project' to recognise all the amazing support communities have been providing for each other. 

To find out more visit



Friday 22 May 2020

This year’s EastSide Arts Festival will take place from 6-16 August and our theme this year is ‘Moments of Joy’.

We are working hard to bring you a programme of fun, creative, interesting, and uplifting events and will announce the full programme in early July.

This is a year like no other and like all our friends and partners we will be putting your health and your safety above everything else in these difficult times.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

EastSide Partnership staff will, as a response to Covid-19 and in light of the latest UK Government advice, from Thursday 19th March begin working from home. As such our offices at Avalon House will be closed until further notice.

In the meantime, our members of staff can be contacted as normal via their emails and mobile numbers. Click here for staff email addresses

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this difficult time.

Stay safe.