The C.S. Lewis Festival has brought all things Narnia to East Belfast for 4 years now. Exploring C.S. Lewis’ legacy of literary works, his theological and philosophical themes, this year’s festival has taken inspiration from Lewis’ early autobiography Surprise of Joy. Curated by local author, Jan Carson, the programme which runs from 18th to 22nd November has lots to explore in the east of the city and for all ages.
I’ve picked out some of my favourite gems amongst the offerings of theatre, talks, literature, tours, art and family friendly events…
East Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Saturday 18th; FREE!
Led by Adam Turkington of Seedhead Arts you will be taken around the new contemporary art pieces of the Hit the East festival in August 2017 and how they sit with Belfast’s mural history and the global street art movement. A lot of renowned artists, both local and international took part including one of my favourite South African street artists – Falko One.
Urban Bee Keeping Workshop
Sunday 19th; FREE!
Join the Infinity Farm at The Bank to find out more about urban bee keeping and pollinators, there will be a demonstration on how to make a seed bomb and beeswax lip balm. I attended a wonderful Infinity Farm workshop recently where we made essential oil infused lip balm, created some herb mono prints and tasted their beautiful honey whilst learning of the fascinating practice of bee keeping.
Fine and Dandy Themed Market
Sunday 19th; FREE
At the Crescent Arts Centre as you walk through the wardrobe, past the fur coats to the street lamp you’ll be transported to the land of Narnia. You may even be tempted by some Turkish Delight! Previous stall holders have included Miss McKeown’s and her fine tea emporium – her Turkish Delight tea is not to be missed; Neary Nogs delicious artisan chocolate and The Bearded Candle Makers beautifully fragrant wares.
Tiny Tales in the Library
Monday 20th; FREE!
Aimed at children aged 4 to 7 expert storyteller Eamonn Keenan will help children explore their imaginations in an engaging afternoon of stories at Tullycarnet Library.
Surprised by Alana Henderson
Tuesday 21st; £6
Pop along to the Eastside Arts Visitor Centre for an enchanting evening with cellist and singer-songwriter Alana Henderson. I first heard Alana Henderson during the Open House Festival in 2014 and have been a fan since, “with delicate vocals and emotive cello” this event will sure to be in keeping with the theme of Surprised by Joy.
Wednesday 22nd; £10/£8
Having seen Rebecca Vaughan perform her Female Gothic one woman show back in 2014 this is one that I definitely don’t want to miss. Resurrecting a Victorian tradition Dyad Productions will bring 3 hauntingly chilling tales to St Martin’s Church. I was truly captivated by her previous performance so I’m really looking forward to this one!
These are just a few personal highlights, lots more to check on in the programme.
Tickets can be purchased through the EastSide Arts website in their What’s On section.