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EastSide Arts Festival To Take Place In Belfast Next Month

By Dave Simpson
EastSide Arts Festival To Take Place In Belfast Next Month

EastSide Arts Festival will take place in Belfast from 4-14 August, when it will celebrate its 10th birthday.


The celebrations will feature over 100 artists across more than 80 events taking place in a range of venues in east Belfast including Strand Arts Centre, Vault Artist Studios, The Ballyhackamore Social Club, Banana Block (Portview Trade Centre), CS Lewis Square and many more.

The EastSide Arts Festival is supported by Principal Funder, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, funders Belfast City Council, National Lottery Awards for All and Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland, Principal Sponsor Translink, sponsors Connswater and Hewitt & Gilpin.

Statement By Vice Chair, Arts Council Of Northern Ireland

William Leatham, Vice Chair, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, stated, "Thanks to the National Lottery, the Arts Council, as principal funder, is proud to support EastSide Arts and this wonderful flagship festival. EastSide Arts continue to deliver their vision for the creative transformation of the east of the city, based on the power of great art to inspire people and bring us all closer together. 11 amazing festival days - supported by 365 days of concentrated work behind the scenes, engaging local communities in the arts and building strategic partnerships with cultural organisations across the city. Happy 10th birthday! Enjoy the celebrations, everyone."

Statement By Lord Mayor Of Belfast

Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Tina Black stated, "It is wonderful to see our support for EastSide Arts Festival helping them to grow and thrive on their 10th birthday. Belfast is so proud of our cultural festivals as they bring so much vitality to the city - and encourage people to celebrate, share space and enjoy new experiences together. I'm particularly pleased to see events like Young at Art's Baby Rave and Hothouse Flowers coming to Banana Block at Portview Trade Centre, which is proving to be a really fantastic, welcoming new venue for east Belfast. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish the organisers and participating artists the very best of luck."


Statement Director Of The EastSide Arts Festival

Director of the EastSide Arts Festival Rachel Kennedy stated, "We are delighted to invite everyone to join us as at this year's EastSide Arts Festival as we celebrate our 10th birthday. As always, we are bringing festival goers a jam-packed programme of events that celebrate the people and places of east Belfast and encourage connection and celebration. The festival provides us with the opportunity to showcase the very best of east Belfast as a place of creativity, a place that is vibrant and a place that is welcoming. A huge thanks to our Principal Funder, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Principal Sponsor, Translink for their invaluable support, and the vital support of all of the festival funders and sponsors who have helped the festival reach this incredible landmark."

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