Open Arts launches 25th anniversary celebrations

Open Arts launches 25th anniversary celebrations

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

One of Northern Ireland’s most innovative arts and disability organisations is kicking off its 25th anniversary celebrations with an ambitious new musical collaboration at this week’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

Founded in 1992, Belfast-based Open Arts runs a core programme of high quality drama, dance, music, writing and visual arts activity for hundreds of disabled adult participants from across Northern Ireland every month.

One of the organisation’s key projects is the internationally acclaimed Open Arts Community Choir, which will be performing with the multi-talented Donal Scullion and the Spider Collective as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival at Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church in Belfast on Sunday 30 April.

The concert will feature the choir and band performing a wide range of music, from pop, rock and gospel to classical, world and folk, from the 14th right up to the 21st century!

Looking ahead to the concert and a packed programme of anniversary celebrations over the coming months, Eileen Branagh, Chief Executive of Open Arts said:

“As Open Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are really excited to take the opportunity to both showcase what we have achieved so far and to challenge preconceptions and expectations even further in terms of what people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory impairments and mental health issues can achieve through the arts.”

Tickets for the Open Arts Community Choir with Donal Scullion and The Spider Collective concert at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival are priced £10/£8 and can be booked online at

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