Classes Resume in September

All Open Arts classes will resume again in September on the week of the 15th. All classes are currently full but please get in touch if you would like to put your name on the waiting list or for more information.

 

 

Monday Players Development Intensive

Our Monday Players drama group will have an intensive development week with Open Arts drama facilitators from the 1st to the 5th of September based at the Crescent Arts Centre.

Over the course of the five days the group will work to develop their skills and confidence for future performances. They will also set a plan for the future development of the group.

This intensive development week is funded through the BBC Performing Arts, Community Theatre grant.

Luminous Soul Development Intensive

Our Luminous Soul dancers are set for an intensive week of development with professional choreographer Marc Brew.

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Marc Brew will work with the entire group and also mentor a Luminous Soul dancer in choreography to develop a new piece.

This development week is funded through money raised from The Funding Network, ‘Dragon’s Den’ event that Open Arts pitched at in November 2013, distributed by CFNI.

Summer Schemes with Angel Eyes NI

Open Arts, in partnership with with Angel Eyes NI, are facilitating gamelan and dance summer schemes in three locations across Northern Ireland for children who are blind or visually impaired.

Angel Eyes is a charity which was set up by parents of blind children to support blind children and their families.

The tactile nature of the Gamelan, as well as the evocative sounds produced will provide these children with a rich musical experience. Also included in the Summer schemes will be physical movement and dance workshops with reacting to sounds, exploring expression through the body and enjoying the opportunity to discover new possibilities in a safe place.

Tues 5th August, 10.30am to 3pm – Share Village Lisnaskea

Wed 6th August, 10.30am to 3pm – Echo Echo Studios, Derry/Londonderry

Thurs 7th August, 10.30am to 3pm – The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

To book your place or for more details contact Frances on info@angeleyesni.org or text/phone 07735059763

http://www.angeleyesni.org/

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OACC Representatives to attend World Choir Games in Riga

Three delegates from the Open Arts Community Choir (OACC) are going to the World Choir Games in Riga in July this year.

During their stay from the 16th to the 19th of July, Open Arts Musical Director Bev McGeown and two other choir members will attend a number of choral workshops and seminars, led by renowned composers, arrangers and conductors.

In addition to networking with international choirs of high quality, they will also meet up with the Paros Chamber Choir, a similarly inclusive choir for singers with disabilities based in Armenia, with a view to future collaboration and professional development opportunities.

The World Choir Games is inspired by the ancient Olympic ideal and brings together people of all nations, cultures and ideologies. The World Choir Games takes place every two years in different partner cities around the world. As in sports, the singers compete on behalf of their nations for gold, silver and bronze medals in roughly 30 different categories – the ultimate goal is the coveted title of ‘Champions of the World Choir Games’. No matter what category they compete in – from children’s, women’s or men’s choirs, through folklore and jazz to Gospel – an international jury judges all fairly and impartially according to a finely-tuned evaluation system.

This World Choir Games trip will raise the skills, profile and international connections of Open Arts and the choir. The OACC delegates will learn a lot from adjudicators’ remarks on performances at the Games. They will be exposed to new singing techniques, genres and choral traditions.

The trip is very generously funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through the Artists International Development Fund Scheme.

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Ship to Shore Exhibition Launch Photo Gallery

Acorn Arts, Open Arts’ blind & partially-sighted art group,launched a print exhibition on the Belfast Barge on Thursday the 19th of June at 7pm.

The ‘Ship to Shore’ exhibition includes an array of prints inspired by Belfast’s maritime history and changing port area. It is Funded by Belfast City Council’s Arts and Heritage Project Grant and Belfast Health Trust. The exhibition will run for one month.

The venue for the exhibition is a former cargo barge, permanently moored adjacent to Lanyon Place, which is located to the rear of Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. It houses a museum, a multi-use performance space and a café and has become a cultural hub on the river Lagan.

1 Lanyon Quay
Belfast BT1 3LG
Telephone: 028 9023 2555
Email: admin@laganlegacy.com

Ship to Shore Exhibition on the Belfast Barge

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Acorn Arts, Open Arts’ blind & partially-sighted art group, are due to launch a print exhibition on the Belfast Barge on Thursday the 19th of June at 7pm.
The ‘Ship to Shore’ exhibition includes an array of prints inspired by Belfast’s maritime history and changing port area. It is Funded by Belfast City Council’s Arts and Heritage Project Grant and Belfast Health Trust. The exhibition will run for one month.
The venue for the exhibition is a former cargo barge, permanently moored adjacent to Lanyon Place, which is located to the rear of Belfast’s Waterfront Hall. It houses a museum, a multi-use performance space and a café and has become a cultural hub on the river Lagan.

http://belfastbarge.com/

1 Lanyon Quay
Belfast BT1 3LG
Telephone: 028 9023 2555
Email: admin@laganlegacy.com

Jalan-Jalan Photos!

Our Jalan-Jalan event was a huge success. Our Choir, Gamelan, Luminous Soul, Monday Players and Visual Artists wowed a full audience at the Spectrum Centre on the Shankill Road with the Jalan-Jalan performance and exhibition launch afterwards.

Congratulations to every artist involved.

Please click the photos below for the whole album of stunning photos of the event taken byphotographer Paul Marshall. To see more of Paul’s beautiful work, visit his website: www.documento.co.uk

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/openartsbelfast/sets/72157644821617267/

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JALAN-JALAN – Book your tickets here!

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Jalan-Jalan is Open Arts’ showcase performance inspired by the Indonesian version of the Ramayana which explores human values, the struggle between light and dark, good and evil.

It is an emotional journey from intrigue, threat to resolution and a return to safety and peace.

Jalan-Jalan is a collaboration between all Open Arts’ groups: Gamelan players, Monday Players drama, Luminous Soul dancers with content inspired by work from our creative writing group and parts of the set designed and painted by our visual art groups.

There will be an exhibition of work from our visual arts groups and the evening will also feature a new set of songs from Open Arts Community Choir.

The venue for Jalan-Jalan is the Spectrum Centre on the Shankill Road on the 14th of June at 6pm. From 1pm on Friday 13th June ticket bookings can no longer be taken by telephone phone so please reserve your tickets below. There will also be tickets available on the door from 6pm on the evening of the show.
Parking: there is no specific car park at the venue but there is on street parking in the area, particularly on Tennent Street along the side of the Spectrum Centre.

Schedule

6pm: Doors open.

6:30pm: Show starts with a performance by Open Arts Community Choir

7pm: Jalan-Jalan: Gamelan, Luminous Soul dance and Monday Players drama group.

7.30 – 8.30: Exhibition Launch for Open Arts Visual Arts groups in the Spectrum Centre Cafe, with refreshments.


New Visually Impaired Reading Group

Belfast Central Library have started a visually impaired reading group. The group meets the 2nd Wed of every month. The next meeting is on Wed 28th May at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome.
Please contact Belfast Central Library at belfastcentral.library@librariesni.org.uk for more information.
Royal Avenue
BT1 1EA Belfast
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