Sunday August 18, 2019



Eastside's 12 Days of Christmas

Hello everyone, I hope you are well as we approach the end of 2018. Here at Eastside we have been reflecting on our year and want to share 12 top 2018 memories with you with a festive twist...

1 Fantastic feature length film, written, shot, edited and produced by 75 young people  

2 Inspirational Interns interning - big thanks to Thea Medland from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Matei Raducanu from the University of Essex

3 Jovial Judges Judging our annual Verse vs Verse poetry slam at the Criterion Theatre

4 Sensational Schools launching the first ever Hackney Kids Carnival - big thanks to the visionary team at Hackney Council

5 Delightful Disney schools starting the dazzling Disney Musicals in Schools Programme - thanks to everyone at Disney Worldwide for making this possible

6 Perfect Partners poised to work with Eastside on a national project - big shout out to The Criterion Theatre and our friends in South Yorkshire, Merseyside, Lincolnshire, Cheltenham & Gloucestershire and Peterborough - keeping fingers crossed for the Arts Council Bid

7(th) Brilliant BFI Film Academy - what a joy to be running this amazing programme again

8  Terrific Trustees supporting the wonderful work of Eastside - you are the unsung heroes - we couldn’t do this without you

9  Amazing Artists joining our dedicated pool of 150 talented cross art form practitioners - your talent ignites creativity and inspirational learning across all of our schools

10  Female Filmmakers mentored - unbelievable outcomes for our talented future filmmaking legends

11 Outstanding Original youth led films commissioned - check out our youtube films

12 Twelve Thousand Talented young people engaging in our 17/18 programme year - so many young people are engaging with our work, day in day out.  


A huge thank you to everyone involved in helping make Eastside so vibrant.  Here’s to all the staff, artists and practitioners, teachers, schools, project managers, interns, volunteers, trustees, patrons, donors and funders.


It’s been another great team effort.  And now we are looking forward to 2019 - Our 25th anniversary year.  We have big plans and dreams for the New Year - please help us make it all happen…


Wishing you a restful and peaceful break and see you in 2019,

Matt, Felix, Matilda, Hannah and the entire Eastside team

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