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 upwards; all are united by their love of song.
The choir meets on Monday nights from 7.15-9.15pm in Divis Community Centre, Belfast.
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.
ABOUT OPEN ARTS
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.