Hothouse Flowers take to Belfast stage in EastSide Arts Festival

Eastside Arts Festival performers Clarke Wilson of Celtic Soul, Henrik Gard and Ali Stranger of Tumble Circus, festival director Rachel Kennedy and Mimi Turtle of Strand Arts Centre launch this year's programme Picture: Brian Morrison

HOTHOUSE Flowers and Camille O'Sullivan are among the musical highlights of this year's EastSide Arts Festival which takes place in Belfast from August 2 to 12.

The programme includes a big top at CS Lewis Square, featuring family circus entertainment, as well as tours, talks and workshops. There's also a family rave and there'll be storytelling, poetry and literature from artists including east Belfast residents Anthony Toner, Jan Carson, Ken Haddock, Stuart Bailie, and Andrea Montgomery.

There will be a rehearsed reading of Jimmy Ellis: Home Again, the late east Belfast actor's autobiography, theatre, comedy and film events at the Strand Arts Centre, while Van Morrison tribute band Celtic Soul will perform east Belfast's most famous musical son's album Astral Weeks.

:: For full details of the EastSide Arts Festival, which is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, visit or follow EastSideArtsBel on Facebook and Twitter #ESAFest18

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