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Fantastic Family Fun at the EastSide Arts Festival

Tuesday 1st August 2017 at 12pm 0 Comments Community Arts , Literature , Music & Opera , Traditional Arts , Visual Arts , Youth Arts , Comedy , Craft , Dance , Drama , Circus & Carnival Arts

Pictured launching the special day at C.S. Lewis Square are (L-R) Evie Bishop, Sally McKinney, Oscar McCann, Emma McEvoy and Lydia Hawkins. Image: Pictured launching the special day at C.S. Lewis Square are (L-R) Evie Bishop, Sally McKinney, Oscar McCann, Emma McEvoy and Lydia Hawkins.

A free festival fun day for young people and families will take place on Saturday 5 August, 11am-3pm, at C.S. Lewis Square, as part of the EastSide Arts Festival, 3-13 August, supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Connswater Shopping Centre and Arts & Business

There are a wide range of arts activities on offer  which are suitable for all the family including, live music with Ossia Music School, a Pop up People’s Pharmacy, Tumble Circus street performance, scooters and skateboarding with Urban Excel, Street Art Jam with Seedhead Arts plus crafts, drawing, creative writing, a reading picnic and much, much more.

Sonya Whitefield, Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said,

“The Arts Council as principal funder of EastSide Arts is proud to be associated with an event and an organisation that continues, so successfully, to expand opportunities for people to access and participate in the wide range of high-quality arts, and which is a key contributor to the creative, cultural and economic life of East Belfast.  The Fun Day this Saturday is jam-packed with terrific arts activities and I would encourage everyone to go along and join in.”

Rachel Kennedy, Director of EastSide Arts Festival, added;

“This year’s EastSide Arts Festival is a noisy celebration of the creative energy of the people of east Belfast. We find ourselves in a flourishing time, an exciting time for artists and communities and we have the pleasure of inviting you to come and explore this part of the city, its people and places for yourself, over the eleven days of the festival. We would like to thank our principal funder, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and funders Belfast City Council and The Executive Office for their vital continuing support. Sincere thanks also to our key sponsors, Arts & Business Northern Ireland, The British Council, Translink, Hewitt & Gilpin, Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park, Forestside Shopping Centre and McCadden for their brilliant support and enthusiasm in being a part of this year’s EastSide Arts Festival.”

Visit www.eastsidearts.net for the full festival programme.

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