We are delighted to have received the New Sponsor Award on Wednesday night at the Allianz Arts and Business NI Awards 2018. The award was received in partnership with Eastside Art following a great partnership during summer of 2017.

In August, here at Connswater we ran a very successful 4 day Community Festival alongside Eastside Arts Festival. For the first year, on Saturday Eastside Arts held a Fun Day as part of the Eastside Arts Festival, sponsored by Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park. This give the local community a vast range of activities and cultural events to experiment and enjoy across two fantastic locations.

On the fun day, customers moved between the Connswater Community Festival at Connswater Shopping Centre, and the series of CS Lewis activities held by Eastside Arts. Gerry Monaghan, Centre Manager at Connswater, said: ‘It was really successful from our point of view. It brought us out to a different customer base, and we work closely with the local community, so it helped with that too.’

Eastside Partnership established Eastside Arts back in 2015 to inspire the local community, nurture creativity and talent, and to run a series of ongoing events and programmes for family and children in the East Belfast area. Its two main events include The Eastside Arts Festival in August and the CS Lewis Festival in November.

It was an honour to work with the team to celebrate great partnerships in East Belfast area and offer fantastic events to the local people. We look forward to working closely with Eastside Arts in the future.