East Belfast Arts Festival Programme Launched

Art in the Eastside billboard exhibition takes centre stage as the festival returns from August 28

The second East Belfast Arts Festival programme has been unveiled, with the Art in the Eastside billboard exhibition taking centre stage in this year's festivities. View the full festival programme.

EBAF runs in venues across east Belfast from August 28 to September 1. The festival will showcase national and international artists across the arts genres, and will provide a diverse range of events opportunities for participation.

Mimi Turtle, chair of the East Belfast Arts Festival, said: 'We have a fantastic line up for the festival this year and we really hope that people from east Belfast and across the city will feel inspired and encouraged to take part. We’re delighted to welcome a whole host of artistic talent, which will help energise east Belfast.'

Art in the Eastside, the brain child of Creative Exchange Artist Studios, will present the work of 50 national and international contemporary artists on a huge scale on billboards and poster sites in the east of the city from August 26 to September 8.

This exhibition is complimented by The Art Flag Bunting project, celebrating art produced from a series of workshops held in local communities and schools across Belfast.

Deirdre Robb of Creative Exchange said: 'The Art Flag Bunting project and Art in the Eastside billboard visual arts exhibition will transform spaces and bring a burst of colour to daily life. Large-scale outdoor temporary art installations will be viewed across the east Belfast community. The work will be easily identified by the colourful bunting on buildings railings.'

Other highlights for this year’s festival include a performance from east Belfast-born comedian Roy Walker, WOMAD at the Skainos Centre with Beyond Skin musicians, Aisling Ghear's one-man show Seo Robert: The Search for Robert McAdam, and the Public Arts Trail, as well as a series of storytelling, drumming and photography workshops, and family events for children of all ages.

Joining in celebrations at the unveiling of the programme, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir added: 'It is wonderful to be witnessing a strong and powerful representation of all that there is to celebrate in East Belfast. It’s wonderful to see how a city can unite through the arts as we join together to impress on our neighbours and the world, that we have a lot to be proud of.

'It’s wonderful to see how Creative Exchange and East Belfast Arts Festival have continued to engage with local communities to reinforce their sense of creativity and civic pride. I look forward to enjoying the packed programme and public art which will no doubt impress visitors to, and residents of the city.'

Visit the East Belfast Arts Festival website for more information. View the full festival programme.