EastSide Arts Festival

East Belfast is getting ready for the hottest summer yet as the annual festival serves up a 12-day feast of events

Festival Details


Wednesday, 19 August 2015 to Monday, 31 August 2015


Locations across the EastSide, and beyond, will help to unpack a festival picnic featuring 78 events and 33 FREE events across music, comedy, movies, theatre, talks, workshops, exhibitions, poetry, events for the young and old, community events and heritage tours.
Among the musicall highlights are concerts by Van Morrison, who will deliver two sold out performances on Cyprus Avenue. Coming to the EastSide Arts festival straight from their Glastonbury performances are rising star Soak and east Belfast’s own Duke Special, in concert with special guests Malojian.  Also lined up are acclaimed American jazz singer Dana Masters and Irish music legends Altan, with special guest Kat Turner - and much more.  
The festival will host a wide range of readings, film screenings, poetry, heritage events and lectures.  Highlights include Glenn Patterson, who will read from his new book ‘Here’s me here’ and author Lucy Caldwell, who will read from her forthcoming debut short stories ‘Multitudes.’ 
Film screenings include the work of acclaimed New York-based artist Marcus Robinson and the work of the late Stewart Parker.  Also, Brian Keenan will deliver the David Ervine Memorial Lecture in memory of one of east Belfast’s most revered and visionary politicians.
The Festival also features partnerships with two city centre shows which have strong east Belfast connections, from Marie Jones’ comedy, Fly me to the Moon at the Lyric to the smash hit musical based on the George Best story Dancing Shoes, at The Grand Opera House.  East meets West with two special events in partnership with Féile An Phobail.  Songwriters from the EastSide will be performing interpretations of the Van Morrison songbook, along by some performances by artists in Irish, at An Cultúrlann in West Belfast and the critically acclaimed play The Holy Holy Bus will be staged at The Stormont Hotel.