Our Champions

East Belfast has long been associated with inspirational film, theatre and literary talent, either born and bred, or choosing to settle and work in this part of the city.

At Strand Arts Centre we are delighted that the exceptional creative individuals acknowledged on this wall have agreed to be ‘ Our Champions’. Each of them is a truly outstanding ambassador for East Belfast with their talents recognised globally.  They are all hugely supportive of the Strand, and the need to preserve its heritage while driving forward our exciting plans for the future.

We are very grateful to our Champions for their time and commitment to the Strand Arts Centre.

David Holmes

David Holmes is a Belfast born DJ and producer. In his varied professional life, he has produced five of his own albums and over 20 film soundtracks including Out of Sight, Ocean’s 11, Five Minutes of Heaven and ’71.

Dan Gordon

Dan Gordon is a passionate advocate and lobbyist for the Arts. He is an active board member, works with numerous community groups, acts, directs and writes for the stage, and presents and co-authors television and radio documentaries.

Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson is the acclaimed author of ten novels, and also co-scripted Good Vibrations.  He has written various radio plays and short stories, articles and essays, and collaborated on several opera productions.

Marie Jones

Marie Jones has enjoyed an extensive career as an actress on stage and screen, as well as an award-winning playwright of hits including Stones in his Pockets, A Night in November and Women on the Verge of HRT.