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CS Lewis Square will be buzzing this Bank Holiday

18 May 2018

There’s a one-day free celebration of urban arts planned from 2pm-5pm entitled ‘EastSide Wardrobe Jam’; putting a modern spin on the heritage of author CS Lewis’ famous novel, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. 

As part of a Belfast City Council initiative, #BelfastArtsWeekender, local and international street mural artists will be working live in the square to transform a carefully selected group of ‘previously loved’ wardrobes, as well as permanent walls in the surrounding area. 

Thunder Action Sports will be providing urban sports and dance displays, there’ll be music from Girl DJ collective throughout the afternoon and a closing set by electronic artist Mount Palomar. Horatio Todd’s will bring the refreshments and Hot Dog Dodge will make sure no-one goes hungry. 

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister said: “CS Lewis Square is a fantastic place to relax with your family and friends – not least because of the beautiful sculptures of Aslan and other Narnia characters. And this Bank Holiday Monday, you won’t want to miss out on all the fun. It’s totally free and open to everyone to enjoy.” 

“Our Belfast Agenda makes a commitment to making the city a vibrant, attractive and connected city and events like these are helping us to deliver on that objective. Seeing the square buzzing with excitement and creativity reminds us why it’s worthwhile investing in shared public space and in culture – both really do enhance our quality of life.”

In the lead up to EastSide Wardrobe Jam, Creative Exchange Artists’ Studios are inviting people to join them for ‘Lightning Talks’ on Thursday, 24 May at 6pm at the Engine Room (at the entrance to Portview Trade Centre.) 

Expect illuminating presentations by creative individuals and organisations who are helping to shape east Belfast's growing cultural landscape – and an opportunity to share your ideas. 

Rachel Kennedy, EastSide Arts Manager said: “We’re lucky to have a really vibrant bunch of creatives who have chosen to base themselves in east Belfast and who are passionate about contributing to, and helping to develop the area. 

“Just a few of them who’ll be joining us at Lightning Talks are Tonya McMullen, an artist and bee-keeper at Infinity Farm who promotes health and wellbeing by connecting people, plants and bees; Mary Callan, who specialises in hand-loomed fashion knitwear and has worked with both Chloë and John Rocha, and writer and playwright Emily DeDakis who has taught extensively and works with Accidental Theatre Company. We’re looking forward to welcoming old friends and seeing some new faces at the Lightning Talks and Wardrobe Jam on Bank Holiday Monday.” 

Doors open at 6pm, event starts at 6.30pm, refreshments provided. To book your tickets, go to:

Aslan at CS Lewis Square