About the Choir



Singer songwriter John Denver once said:  “Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what colour we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same.”


This sense of absolute equality in music has never been more evident than in the Open Arts Community Choir; an award winning, dynamic, inclusive choir based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  The choir is an integral part of Open Arts, an organisation that engages with disabled people in delivering high quality arts activities, by promoting artistic excellence and encouraging the participation of people with and without disabilities.


The Open Arts Community Choir is inclusive. It features people with and without disabilities from every section of the community, and from age sixteen to sixty-six; all are united by their love of song.




The choir meets every Monday night from 7.15-9.15pm in Divis Community Centre, Belfast.


Big Choir Nights

The first Monday of every month is usually Big Choir Night, which is open to anyone aged 16+, with or without disabilities, with a love of singing.

Our next Big Choir Night is on Monday 5th March at 7.15-9.15pm, and we request a nominal fee of £1 per person to cover the costs of refreshments.

Subsequent Monday nights are rehearsals with the Open Arts Community Choir (sometimes referred to as The Festival Choir) – this is an auditioned group of singers who tackle more challenging music and compete in choral festivals etc.



This year’s auditions for the OACC Festival Choir are now over (held on Monday 2nd October).

We understand that auditions can be the most challenging part about joining a new musical ensemble, so please treat this time like a friendly mini voice lesson. We promise that you will feel welcome and we will start from whatever your level of ability.


For more information, please email bev@openartsni.org  or phone 02890 240765

We look forward to singing with you!



See videos of performances from the OACC Festival Choir on our video gallery page.
There are even more videos of the Open Arts choir on the BBC website.


To obtain a CD of music from the choir PLEASE CLICK HERE





The Choir is part of Open Arts, an Arts & Disability organisation based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Open Arts is a limited company with charitable status and run by a small core team.


The vision of Open Arts is of a world where people with and without disabilities engage together in high quality arts activities which promote creativity, increase artistic excellence, nurture and inspire them to achieve beyond expectations.


The mission of Open Arts is to engage with disabled people in delivering high quality activities and events across a range of art forms. We do this by promoting artistic excellence and encouraging the participation of people with and without disabilities.