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

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.

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.