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Within the Strand Arts Centre’s aims and objectives we seek to provide a diverse programme of community and arts programmes to meet the needs of the whole community, and advance education in the appreciation and practice of the arts including cinema, dance, drama, literature as well as performing, participatory and visual arts generally.  Our programme of classes is in the early stage of development, and currently we only offer classes for those aged 6-18.
Whilst we hope there is something here for you, we welcome your ideas/requests for additional classes and workshops.

Strand Arts Centre is committed to the safeguarding of children, vulnerable adults and equal opportunities, a copy of our policies can be requested from management staff.


Minor's Club

Join our Minor’s Club! Saturdays 12noon...

FREE educational film screenings open to all. Aimed at children of Primary School age.  Each screening has either an introduction, handout or special activity & the kids are encouraged to review the films!

21st November – Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian
9yrs+ [PG] 144mins.  Part of CS Lewis Festival.

28th November – Wall–E (2008) 5yrs+ 98mins [U]
Learn about love and caring for the environment.  Available to pre-book click on film title.

5th December – STRANDS BIRTHDAY BASH!  12-4pm!
Starting with the classic – ‘Snowman’ (1982) (26mins), then local legend Oliver Jeffers – ‘Lost & Found’ (2008) (24mins) and followed up with Pixar shorts.
Repeated on the hour  5yrs+ [U]

12th December – Scrooge (1951) 7yrs+ [U] 82mins
Christmas Classic - From local director Brian Desmond Hurst who grew up in East Belfast!

19th December – A Charlie Brown Christmas / I Want A Dog For Christmas (1965) 5yrs+ [U] 75mins
To coincide with the new Peanuts Movie – see the original animation!



The NiStars Saturday School covers singing, dancing, drama, modeling, DJing, TV presenting and loads more. With tuition from experienced industry professionals, students also get regular performance opportunities.

Saturdays, 10am –1pm. £60/month.

Performance Classes
Singing and Dancing performance classes for 6­-18 year olds with regular performance opportunities.

Juniors: Sundays 1-3pm

Seniors: Mondays 7-8pm. £5/session.

Monthly Heritage tour with our expert projectionist and Film enthusiast Alan McClurg.

Come hear about The Strand's history, its unique Art Deco architecture and traditional movie theatres. Get behind the scenes to see the workings of both our original 35mm film projector and the new digital projectors. Watch selected footage from the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Archive.

Only 10 places available, pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 21st November 12.30pm
Saturday 19th December 12.30pm

Saturday 19th December, 3pm (film begins at 4pm)

Clayrazy is perfect for all ages and abilities, sparking imagination and creativity in everyone who uses this clay. Learn new skills while having fun, their fully trained instructors will guide you through your tailored workshop, teaching everyone how to create their very own chosen model and of course you get to take it home...
No Mess - No Stress fun, with no need to bake in the oven!

Child ticket includes workshop & movie - £9.50

Adult ticket includes Tea/Coffee at the workshop & movie - £4

Wednesday 30th December, 2pm
2 hour workshop with a Clay, Brick, and free-play stations!

Kids are encouraged to bring their devices to play Minecraft on & can share some of their best builds!

£10 per child