Strand Film Makers

Strand Arts Centre teamed up with Giga Training to offer 24 young people from Belfast the opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to work in the film industry, which is an increasingly viable career option in Northern Ireland. The aim of the project was to address specific areas of the Moving Image GCSE and A level syllabus analysing the signature directorial styles of Baz Luhrmann and Alfred Hitchcock.

The Strand Filmmakers’ Club was split into two one-week summer courses for secondary school students designed to give an insight into the film industry. The students worked with Giga’s team of industry professionals to research, shoot, act, produce, direct and edit their own short films, which were screened as part of a gala premiere event in the Strand. The initiative was co-funded by Arts & Business and Hughes Insurance in partnership with the Strand Arts Centre and Giga Training.

Strand Arts Centre aims to promote the arts, culture and heritage by:

  • Establishing and managing an arts centre as a cultural and social amenity
  • Organising promoting and presenting concerts, performances and events
  • Providing community and arts programmes to meet the needs of the whole community
  • Maintaining, repairing and preserving a building – the Strand cinema in Belfast – of architectural and historical interest
  • Providing facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and other leisure time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life of members of the public
  • Advancing education in the appreciation and practice of the arts including the arts of cinema, dance, drama, literature and performing, participatory and visual arts generally
  • Promoting such other charitable purpose as may from time to time be determined

Our Vision

The Strand Arts Centre’s strategy involves the wholesale refurbishment of the building to modernise through-out providing high specification performing arts space including a drama/dance studio, 3 workshop rooms and 2 theatres as well as a cafe, bar/restaurant and gallery space.