EASTSIDE ARTS FESTIVAL WILL BRING MOMENTS OF JOY THIS AUGUST
From the 6th - 16th August join EastSide Arts Festival as they present an 11-day programme of inspiring and creative events featuring music, theatre, literature, story-telling, visual art, talks and tours under the theme, Moments of Joy. This year’s events can be enjoyed online from the comfort of your own home, outdoors in person, or in a small number of east Belfast locations as part of a live, socially distanced audience.
With the challenges presented by Covid-19, this year’s festival, supported by principal funder Arts Council of Northern Ireland and funders Belfast City Council and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, has adapted to ensure that it continues to bring unique, exciting, joyful events to east Belfast this summer whilst making safety and accessibility the main priority.
EastSide Arts Festival 2020 presents a range of new and interesting experiences for everyone to enjoy. Whether you plan to participate online, outdoors or as part of a socially distanced audience, here’s some festival highlights to help you create your Moments of Joy this August:
Noirin McKinney, Director, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said:
“The Arts Council, as a principal funder, is delighted to be able to support the EastSide Arts Festival as an important community-based event. They have produced a great programme for 2020 in response to the circumstances imposed by Covid-19; from online, live-streamed music from EastSide Electronics, to virtual tours of C.S. Lewis or the Yardmen, to live events such as the much-anticipated play by Kabosh, The King of East Belfast, which will be a welcome return for audiences to live, socially distanced theatre. We wish Rachel and the EastSide Arts team continued success as they go about delivering this amazing mix of virtual, online, outdoors and live events all the while contributing to the creative transformation of east Belfast.”
Director of the EastSide Arts Festival, Rachel Kennedy commented:
“This is a year like no other and like all our friends and partners we will be putting the health and safety of our audiences above everything else. For this reason, most of our festival events this year will be productions that you can enjoy online. There will be the usual assortment of events that celebrate the people, places and spaces of east Belfast for everyone to participate in, but this year we have adapted many of these so that audiences can choose to enjoy many of these safely at home or outdoors. With the theme, ‘Moments of Joy’, the programme continues to reflect and celebrate the growing diversity and creativity that is making its presence felt in this part of the city. A huge thanks to the support of Arts Council of Northern Ireland as well as all our funders and sponsors who have helped us deliver a festival during these challenging times. We warmly invite you to enjoy this year’s unique and exciting programme and we thank you for supporting not only EastSide Arts, but the many artists we have had the pleasure of working with to make it happen.”
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