Community Projects

Mullen Mews and St. Vincent’s Centre

A partnership with Mullen Mews care home and St Vincent’s Centre (a school for behavioural problems) resulted in an intergenerational heritage project which included film screenings, heritage tours, archive screenings and a felt making workshop.


Silver Screenings

Silver Screenings are the Strand’s weekly Thursday afternoon classics, proudly supported by Specsavers Connswater, giving older audiences (but open to everyone) the chance to get out to the cinema and reminisce about previous trips to the pictures, followed by a screening of a great movie. Transport for local nursing homes and seniors groups is made available free of charge thanks to the Arts & Business NI Investment Programme.

Last December we enjoyed a special end of year screening of festive classic Elf preceded by mince pies and Christmas tunes from Templemore brass band.

Silver Screenings

Wandsworth Community Centre

Strand Arts Centre was delighted to work with Wandsworth Community Association this winter, hosting their community lantern workshops. Over four weeks participants made more than 75 willow lanterns, and then joined with Wandsworth in December for the parade. Strand Arts Centre helped escort Santa through the snowy streets, from the Belmont Road to CS Lewis Square where we all enjoyed a magnificent firework display.

Lantern Parade

The Secret of Kells

Strand Arts Centre recently welcomed young Irish speakers to the cinema to watch the beautiful animation The Secret of Kells. In advance of our movie afternoon, Strand Arts Centre visited children who attend An Droichead and Tùs Gael’s after-school clubs and enjoyed a Book of Kells themed art workshop, and also played some colour-based language games with the family learners at Turas in the Skainos Centre.

We then assisted Duncairn Arts Centre in screening the same programme for Irish speakers in their local area, and followed up with an English language screening just before Christmas. We all thoroughly enjoyed following the adventures of Brendan and Pangur Bán, and loved the gorgeous animation style. We were especially grateful to Cartoon Saloon, who edited us a special version of the movie with an Irish soundtrack and English subtitles, to aid with language learning.


Digital Skills

The Prince’s Trust funded our workshops on filmmaking and script writing that helped to develop skills and increase employability amongst East Belfast’s young people. And thanks to Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme we delivered bespoke digital media courses for 3 high-needs community youth groups, including Knocknagoney Community Centre and Inner East Youth, teaching them new skills, signposting them to the growing creative skills sector in NI and highlighting some local creative talents who are performing on the world stage. We have received really positive feedback from the leaders saying the kids want to learn more.


Can Do Academy animation workshop

“The workshop with the Can Do Academy introduced our pupils to the principles of animation and opened their eyes to opportunities within the industry. Joel Simon was a fantastic facilitator, showing the pupils examples of his work, explaining the processes, and inspiring them with the wide variety of techniques he uses. Joel was an engaging and approachable facilitator, and our pupils picked his brains about ideas and how to bring them to life. Throughout the session Joel worked with everyone to help them create their own lego animation, add sound effects, and download their work to take home with them. We enjoyed the visit immensely and would love to have the opportunity again.” Lyndsay Donly, Campbell College

Campbell College

Oscars workshop

Our Oscars workshop gave young people a taste of Hollywood’s most glamorous night of the year. They got to research acceptance speeches, watching videos of previous awards ceremonies, then they wrote their own (remembering who to thank!). After some rehearsals, they got to dress up and perform their speech on the stage of the Strand – and we recorded it on video for posterity. It was a fun and entertaining way for young people to learn more about the moving image, boost their confidence and presentation skills.

Oscars workshop

Fighting Words Belfast

We worked in partnership with Fighting Words Belfast who run a free after-schools club every Tuesday at Skainos for young people interested in creative writing (8-13yrs).  Participants were encouraged to take inspiration from our Saturday Minors Club screenings for their Tuesday Write Club class.


Strand Filmmakers

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 2 one-week summer courses for secondary school students designed to give an insight into the film industry. The students worked with Giga Training’s team of industry professionals to research, shoot, act, produce, direct and edit their own short films which were then 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 Filmmakers

Playwriting with Martin Lynch and Gary Mitchell

Strand Arts Centre partnered with Green Shoot Productions to deliver a playwriting programme led by award-winning stage and screenwriters Martin Lynch and Gary Mitchell. The programme complemented the writing of their new play 1932: The People of Gallagher Street, which told the forgotten history of the 1932 Outdoor Relief Strikes; the only time in the history of Northern Ireland when Protestants and Catholics came together to challenge poverty in Belfast.

This playwriting programme offered new and emerging writers an opportunity to learn the craft, to consider how to write and tell story, and inform the writing and characterisation of 1932: the People of Gallagher Street.

Martin Lynch

Community Engagement Manager

If you would like to work with us on any education or community projects, please contact Ali Fell on (028) 9065 5830 or e-mail