A 10-week art project, delivered by EastSide Arts and supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, aimed at breaking down isolation, loneliness and promoting well-being amongst older residents of east Belfast, is starting next week. Taking place at Dee Street Community Centre, the free drop-in dance workshops with Anthea McWilliams will encourage participants to get active and learn some new dance skills. Seniors that would like to try their hand are warmly welcomed to join the drop in taster workshop which takes place on Tuesday 11th April from 10am-11.30am
We are very excited to announce that EastSide Arts nonimee Sean Brannigan received the award for Volunteer of the year at this years inaugural EastSide Awards. The gala event, organised by East Belfast Enterprise and compered by BBC presenter Tara Millls was a chance to celebrate some of the stars of east Belfast.
In 2016/17 Eastside Arts will be working in association with Terra Nova Productions to develop The HOME project. This programme will give 4 emerging artists the opportunity to be mentored with the aim of developing a new intercultural piece based on the theme of HOME in East Belfast. The project will also engage 4 local communities or families living in the East, both from indigenous and new communities, who will work alongside the artists.
Come and join us for the first of our regular monthly Friday night gigs at the EastSide Visitor Centre, featuring the incredible vocals of local singer/songwriter Ken Haddock. Ken will play a selection of his own songs and favourite covers, which, in this intimate venue, will be very special indeed. Other artists lined up for the EastSide Sessions include; Malojian, Brigid O'Neill, Anthony Toner and Matt McGinn so watch this space for more details on what is set to be an amazing programme!
A 12-week art project, delivered by EastSide Arts and supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, aimed at breaking down isolation, loneliness and promoting well-being amongst older residents of east Belfast, is starting this week. Taking place at the EastSide Visitor Centre, the free drop-in workshops include craft, creative writing, interactive music workshops and printmaking. Seniors that would like to try their hand at a new creative activity are warmly invited to attend one of the taster workshops.
The first EastSide Urban Village community Christmas Craft Fair took place on Saturday at the Skainos Centre, Newtownards Road, and has been hailed a success by the wide range community groups that have spent the last few months working together to create handcrafted gifts, decorations, treats and crafts to sell at the unique event.
Whether you want to bring your children to see Santa, stock up on treats for the family or fill stockings with gifts handcrafted in East Belfast, the first Urban Villages funded Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 10 December has it all under one roof.
Open from 11.00am until 5.00pm, the Christmas Craft Fair at Skainos, is bringing together groups from across the community who have worked lovingly and tirelessly to produce unique Christmas decorations, tableware, toys and accessories, including hats and scarves, and art for you to buy and enjoy this festive season.
The newly formed EastSide Choir have been chosen to perform as a part of the Lighting of the NI Assembly Christmas Tree in Parliament Buildings on 30th November alongside the BBC Primary School Choir of the Year, St Patrick's Primary School, Rathriland.
This will be the biggest performance the choir have taken part in so far and marks the beginning of a busy season of Christmas events around East Belfast including the Urban Villages Christmas Craft Fair in Skainos on Saturday 10th December 11am-5pm
Two weeks ago we kicked off our Crafty Mornings in The Arches Wellbeing & Treatment Centre and so far we have made decoupage stars & hearts as well as stitching together some poppies last week. We have had a variety of people joining us, young and old and everyone has gone away with something that they have made!
So join Redhead Thread every Thursday morning this Winter in the Arches Wellbeing & Treatment Centre and learn some new skills and basic craft techniques.
Arguably one of the most influential writers and thinkers of his day, C.S. Lewis (or Jack to his friends and family) was not only born and bred in East Belfast but his influence and legacy is still very much alive across the EastSide today.