The Connswater Community Greenway is one of four finalists in the UK River Prize 2018 Urban Project Category. The UK River Prize celebrates the achievements of individuals and organisations working to improve our rivers and catchments, and recognises the benefits to society of having a healthy natural environment.

The CCG has reconnected the communities of east Belfast and has brought the area’s rivers ‘back to life’ as focal points and community assets, by creating vibrant, attractive, safe and accessible parkland for leisure, recreation, events and activities.

On Friday 23rd March we launched Holywood Arches: Towards a Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood in EastSide Visitor Centre. 

Holywood Arches is an area in transition. Located at the crossing points of Greenways, Arterial Routes and the Connswater River, it has unrealised potential for sustainable development, as both a vibrant destination and as a gateway to Belfast City Centre, Titanic Quarter and the urban and rural landscapes to the east. 

We are delighted to be involved in a shared learning event on community–led approaches to tourism hosted by Urban Villages NI.

The event will highlight strategic initiatives led by tourism bodies, local government and other organisations; and collaborative community-led approaches across Belfast and Derry~Londonderry.  The event has been inspired by community led tourism projects in the EastSide Urban Village area which include:

  • AuthentiCity Scheme enabling residents to tell the stories of their areas

There will be a series of talks taking place in EastSide Visitor Centre next week (Monday 12th- Friday 16th March).

These #ShipyardStories will reveal more about the men and women who helped shape our maritime heritage.

Tickets available from EastSide Visitor Centre or by clicking here   

Our latest piece of street art in east Belfast is now complete. Linenopolis was created and painted by street artists Nomad Clan who were commissioned on our behalf by Seedhead Arts. Nomad Clan, a duo from Manchester, worked in subzero conditions to install the street art and we are delighted with the results. 

Anthony Toner plays his first #EastSideSession at EastSide Visitor Centre as part of the continuing promotion for his latest collection, Ink. The acclaimed album finds the Belfast-based songwriter in top form on a series of stripped back, acoustic-based songs dealing with the big themes of love, loss and happiness.

EastSide Learning are holding their annual Children's Reading Fair 9th March 1pm -5pm at Skainos. 

During this free event, parents can access information and advice on how to support their child's reading while your children can enjoy activities such as storytelling, drama workshops, iPad fun, rhyme time, face painting and literacy themed dress up. 

You will also be able to take some books home from the ever popular Giving Library.

The Connswater Community Greenway project is one of two east Belfast building projects which have been shortlisted in the prestigious RICS Northern Ireland Awards 2018.

The annual awards recognise exemplary built projects, and the teams behind them, that contribute positively to Northern Ireland and this year the awards have seen the highest number of entries in their 28 year history.

The latest EastSide Session features Michael Cunningham, a singer-songwriter from Belfast. He has just released his debut album “Hidden Treasure” and is playing an intimate, unplugged gig, in the EastSide Visitor Centre on Friday 2nd of March.
His music is a blend of memorable melodies and heart-tugging lyrics. He is joined on the night by Shane McVicker on keyboards and vocals.

Exhibition runs at the EastSide Gallery (EastSide Visitor Centre) from Thursday 15th Feb 2018 to Sunday 25th March 2018

An exhibition of art and science celebrating astronomy, the planets and the stars. Curated by ArtisAnn Gallery. Part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival