A fantastic four day festival of events and activities called ‘Living the Green Way’ aimed at encouraging people to live ‘greener lives’ will take place across the EastSide Urban Village from 13th to 16th September. The packed programme of events will also mark the second anniversary of the completion of the Connswater Community Greenway.
The programme, now in its third year, is organised by Connswater Community Greenway supported by The Urban Villages Initiative. The Urban Villages Initiative is a key action within the Northern Ireland Executive’s ‘Together: Building a United Community’ Strategy. A strategic action of this initiative is optimising local green spaces and to encourage healthy and resilient communities in the EastSide Urban Village area.
Events will take place in venues across east Belfast and will include a street art workshop, foraging on the Connswater Community Greenway, a Repair Café at C.S. Lewis Square, family cycling, a small living talk and much more. The festival will culminate in a ‘Green Living Fayre’ at C.S. Lewis Square on Sunday 15th September from 11am to 3pm with a host of traders including plastic free products from Earth Made NI, eco toys from Jiminy and fruit and veg from Helen’s Bay Organic.
The Connswater Community Greenway continues to be a success and a well visited attraction by the local and visiting population. C.S. Lewis Square at the heart of the project continues to be a well visited attraction with just under 350,000 visits in the past year alone.
Festivals such as this provide us with the opportunity to promote environmental awareness which is crucial for the future sustainability of the project. We are even more excited to build on the success of the Connswater Community Greenway with the launch of ‘EastSide Greenways’ in October which will enable further development of greenways across the east Belfast area and beyond.
Michele Bryans, EastSide Partnership, commented;
“We are delighted to see the return of the ‘Living the Green Way’ Festival. This is a great opportunity for people to explore our wonderful green spaces, have fun and maybe learn something new!
We are also delighted to reach another milestone and celebrate the second anniversary of the completion of the Connswater Community Greenway. We look forward to continuing to animate and protect our beautiful green and open spaces for many years to come.”
Siobhan Broderick, Programme Director, Urban Villages Initiative commented;
“The Living the Greenway festival encourages people in the EastSide Urban Village area and beyond to get out, get active and live greener lives. The busy programme provides plenty of opportunities for participants to get outdoors and explore the wide range of events taking place as part of this festival, which is supported by the Urban Villages Initiative.
“Living the Greenway also helps to create a sense of shared space, where people from the local community – often from different backgrounds and cultures – can come together to join in the activities taking place in their area.”
Christine McCartney from the Repair Café Belfast added;
“Repair Cafes bring people together to help fix broken household items, bikes and clothes for free. It’s all about cutting waste, living better, sharing skills and bringing people together – so it’s perfect to be part of the Living the Green Way festival, which shares the same goals. All are invited to come down between 10am and 1pm, bring something in need of repair and have a cuppa and cake while you wait. If there’s something you love which needs mended, this is your chance to fix it instead of flinging it.”
For more information visit the website www.connswatergreenway.co.uk