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EastSide Arts Festival

EastSide Arts, Avalon House, 278-280 Newtownards Road, Belfast, County Antrim, BT4 1HE
EastSide Arts Festival


From the 6th- 16th August join EastSide Arts as they 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.

EastSide Arts Festival 2020 presents a range of new and interesting experiences for everyone to enjoy. Whether you plan to participate online, outdoors or as part of a socially distanced audience, here’s some festival highlights to help you create your Moments of Joy this August:

Theatre moments: Join Amadan Theatre Company online for The Old Curiosity Show, designed specifically for an online audience it will be theatre as you’ve never seen it before! Or perhaps join The Travelling Cycle Circus on their outdoor adventures along the Connswater Community Greenway.

Heritage moments: Join Gerry O'Neill for the much anticipated online launch of the EastSide Lives Heritage Trail with a film preview and Q&A, or take a virtual C.S. Lewis or Yardmen Tour in which you can experience all the sights and sounds of the east without leaving your home!

Music & Audio moments: EastSide Sessions at Portview will premiere new recordings by musicians Gareth Dunlop, Edelle McMahon, Dani Larkin and Arborist, in the stunning surroundings of Portview Trade Centre, including short interviews with each artist by Anthony Toner. Also at Portview, and fully live-streamed, will be EastSide Electronics. Presented by The Night Institute, this event will feature a selection of the city's most forward-thinking artists for a night of exciting electronic music. Also online, join Stuart Bailie as he celebrates Van Morrison’s 75th birthday, which occurs in August, with two special events featuring Stuart’s reviews of his 75 favourite Van songs. Join the festival for an online special performance at The Ballyhackamore Working Men’s Club by renowned musician Joshua Burnside.

Online Storytelling moments: Attend the online launch of author Jan Carson’s Postcard Stories 2.

More moments: There’s a whole host of outdoor and events including The Vault Artists’ Market at C.S. Lewis Square, a Dragtastic Wrap Party and Samba in the Park with BEATnDRUM.


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