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'Yarn bomb' call out to knitters ahead of EastSide street party

KNITTERS, crocheters and craftspeople are being asked to take part in a 'yarn bomb' to inject some colour into a family fun day in east Belfast.

The  handmade items will be used to decorate CS Lewis Square on the Newtownards Road for the EastSide street party on Saturday August 4.

The call to action is from EastSide Arts which will be running the day's activities from 12 noon to 3pm.

A Teddy Bears picnic, storytelling, facepaint and music and dance workshops are all part of the annual EastSide Arts Festival.

"To make this a proper street party we are asking community groups, organisations, businesses and individuals to help decorate C.S. Lewis Square with bunting, yarnbombing and banners which will make the square come alive with colour on the day," says community arts officer Jacquline O'Hagan.

"We already have 15 community groups who have agreed to help and even I have started to knit some bunting. We will aim to use the items to decorate the square as coloufully as possible and need as much as we can from the local community.

"Even if people can't knit, we would encourage them to make poms-poms so that they can be hung up around the square."

People can leave their woollen items into EastSide Arts office at 278-280 Newtownards Road or come along earlier in the day to help set up.

EastSide Arts have a limited resource of materials to assist groups. Interested groups can get in touch by email at or by phone 02890 451 900.

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