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The EastSide Arts Festival showcases the talent of east Belfast and serves up a sizzling feast of events.
EastSide Festival Fun DaySaturday 4 August, 12pm - 3pm, CS Lewis Square, Free
- Live Music with The Martello Jazz Band
- Swing Belfast dance demo
- Tumble Circus Street Performance
- Face Painting & amp; Balloon Modelling with Funky Fun
- Yarnbombing with Redhead Thread
- Teddy Bears Picnic.
CS Lewis Walking TourWednesday 8 August, 10am, Meet at EastSide Visitor Centre, £10
EastSide Family CircusSaturday 11 August at 11am and Sunday 12 August at 11am and 3pm at CS Lewis Square - Big Top
Parkfest4 and 5 August
Music and WordsAcross the festival enjoy a wide range of live music, storytelling, poetry and literature from well-known Northern Ireland artists and east Belfast residents such as Anthony Toner, Jan Carson, Ken Haddock, Stuart Bailie, and Andrea Montgomery.
TheatreLots of exciting and interesting performances are on offer including a special rehearsed reading of Jimmy Ellis: Home Again, an autobiography by the late east Belfast actor James Ellis, of his childhood years spent in Park Avenue. Look out for other gems including Jade City and East Belfast Boy.
ComedyBack by popular demand is the hugely popular Murder She Got Wrote off, budding Jessica Fletchers required! Plus check out Ruairi Woods live at Strand Arts Centre and Those Who Can’t comedy trio.
Events at the Big TopA big hit last year and back for 5 days this year is the Big Top at C.S. Lewis Square. Lots of great family fun events include circus workshops, performances and the Big Fish Little Fish family rave! Featured music includes Celtic Soul, the definitive Van Morrison tribute, playing the iconic album Astral Weeks, Hothouse Flowers and Camille O’Sullivan. Also look out for a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and a late-night Circus Cabaret celebrating 250 years of Circus.
Visual ArtVisit a wide range of venues including Framewerk, EastSide Gallery and Old Belfast Met Tower Street were you will be treated to some extraordinary visual art experiences from a range of local artists. A key highlight is a sleepover at St Martin’s Church, Ballymacarrett, hosted by Framewerk.
FilmAs well as hosting theatre and music events the iconic Strand Arts Centre will show a range of film screenings such as G.I. Blues featuring Elvis Presley ( 2 August) and The Court Jester featuring Angela Lansbury.
Workshop and ClassesIf you’ve been itching try something creative, here’s your chance! Come to one of the art-themed workshops with Maitri Studio or join east Belfast based writer Jan Carson and write your own piece of magical realism fiction.
Tours and TalksWhether it’s by bus, foot or bike there is a tour to suit all interests. From photos of days gone by to musical and literary icons to walks in glens or greenways, or a visit to well know places, you will be surprised by what you see and hear. Back by popular demand is the Translink East West Bus Trip with Stephen Beggs and Paddy McDonnell. New for this year is a unique and entertaining trip on the new Glider, a partnership with Culturlann and Feile 30, which offers you the chance to be entertained by artists and storytellers and nourished by delicious food from across the city, all from the comfort of your Glider seat.
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