About Us

Strand Arts Centre was established as a registered charity in 2013 and has attracted 50,000 annually to a diverse programme of:

  • new releases, classic and cultural cinema, and special event screenings including introduction or Q&A
  • live theatre, music, festival and literature events
  • free weekly film clubs for children and young people
  • creative workshops in film, animation, music production, performing arts and playwriting
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Since starting out as an arts centre in 2013 we’ve hosted numerous live theatre and music events on the stage in Screen 2:

  • incredible artists including Van Morrison, Linley Hamilton, Dana Masters, Simon Felice and Mercury Rev
  • live theatre including The Breakfast Club, Withnail and I, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Carny Noir
  • popular tribute act nights including The Bjorn Identity and The Elvis Spectacular
  • a growing number of arts festivals including EastSide Arts Festival, CS Lewis Festival, Open House, Moving on Music, Belfast International Arts Festival, Belfast Children’s Festival and many more.
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And we’ve had some really memorable special cinema events too:

  • Oscar winner Neil Jordan introducing a 20-year anniversary screening of Interview with a Vampire
  • Premiere of feel-good local hit Good Vibrations about maverick record label boss Terri Hooley
  • Richard Dawkins’ first visit to Northern Ireland when he and Lawrence Klaus hosted a Q&A before screening The Unbelievers
  • Screening of the original 1980 horror classic Friday the 13th plus Q&A with director Sean S. Cunningham
  • Hollywood star John Cusack visits the Strand for Belfast Film Festival screening of Max followed by a Q&A

The Strand is also used on a regular basis by schools, local businesses, charities and community groups – we even have a weekly yoga class!

The vision is to restore the Strand in a way that maximises its art deco heritage and enables the development of a high quality, sustainable, creative arts space and encourages the community to enjoy a range of art forms. The project is expected to bring positive and demonstrable economic and social benefits to East Belfast.

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