Step into The Wardrobe and enter the world of Narnia with this year's C.S. Lewis Festival

The EastSide of the City is getting ready to celebrate the life and works of one of its literary greats all over again with the launch of the third C.S. Lewis Festival.  
 
The Festival will not only showcase Lewis’ diverse works and legacy but his strong connections to his childhood home of east Belfast. Through a series of events and activities including talks, film, theatre, arts, crafts, readings, music, workshops, exhibitions, tours and literature - everyone is invited to open the wardrobe door into the world of C.S. Lewis.
 
 
Highlights of this year’s festival include:
  • The premiere of The Inklings at Belvoir Players Studio written by Roger Courtney and performed by The Clarence Players. The play will explore C.S. Lewis’ relationship and meetings with J.R.R. Tolkien, and other literary companions, as they shared and discussed each other works.
  • A range of tours (by bus, on foot or bike) will enable you to visit the places that inspired and influenced the young Jack. You can join the Nearly True walking tour with a difference at Lewis’ old school,Campbell College which promises fun for all the family or
  • Find out more about the new art planned for the Connswater Community Greenway's C.S. Lewis Civic Square (Holywood Arches, east Belfast) by taking a bus trip to Burt, Co Donegal, where artist Maurice Harron will showcase and discuss the art pieces being developed. Tickets are priced at £12 per person. Book tickets to this event by clicking here
Wendy Langham, one of the Festival Organisers said:
“We are delighted to return with the 3rd C.S. Lewis Festival. Not only does the Festival celebrate all facets of this literary great but will push the door open into Lewis’ world and reveal how he had a huge cultural significance on the City of Belfast, especially the east of the City, and how it had an impact on him.   Our diverse range of festival events and activities aims to encourage everyone from across the city and beyond to come, explore and marvel at our connections with this great man. I would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to key funders –Belfast City Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, as well as our key sponsors – whose support has been invaluable in making the festival happen.”
 
Councillor Guy Spence, deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast City, added:
“On behalf of Belfast City Council I am delighted to attend the launch of the 3rd C.S. Lewis Festival in east Belfast today.  With a fantastic range of events and activities to suit everyone, the C.S. Lewis Festival is a great way to get know this literary great and especially his strong connections to our City. Not only did he spend most of his childhood in Belfast but returned throughout his lifetime and often spoke fondly about how the city and surrounding areas impacted on him personally and professionally.  I would encourage everyone to support this fantastic festival and congratulate the organisers on yet another magical event which is helping to keep C.S. Lewis’ legacy and relationship with Belfast City alive today.”
 
Get the full C.S. Lewis Festival Programme and book tickets by visiting: www.eastsidearts.net. You can get the latest updates by liking the festival on www.facebook.com/CSLewisFestival and Twitter @CSLewisFest.