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Open Arts Community Choir by Candlelight

December 1, 2017, 7:30pm - December 1, 2017, 3:00pm

An evening of festive songs performed by the Open Arts Community Choir & friends in the beautiful candlelit surroundings of St Peter's Cathedral. Guest appearances from Donal Scullion Music, Bronagh...

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Just over 5 weeks until this belter of a concert happens! Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment - online booking is easiest, but physical tickets also available by contacting choir members directly, or Bev McGeown on 02890 240765. ... See MoreSee Less

Open Arts Community Choir by Candlelight

December 1, 2017, 7:30pm - December 1, 2017, 3:00pm

An evening of festive songs performed by the Open Arts Community Choir & friends in the beautiful candlelit surroundings of St Peter's Cathedral. Guest appearances from Donal Scullion Music, Bronagh...

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Stay safe everyone! Here’s a musical throw back to help you through Ophelia. ... See MoreSee Less

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If you're after a fun musical experience that's like no other on the planet, get yourself down to this tomorrow at 5.30pm in the Spectrum Centre! 🎶

Here's some extra Gamelan trivia...

Gamelan workshops are gradually increasing in popularity here in Ireland/ Northern Ireland, due to the recognition of its positive effects on wellbeing and the inclusive nature of the experience. Schools and community health groups are getting involved, and corporate groups are engaging with gamelan for team-building and wellness. If you ever get the chance to play a Gamelan, you should give it a go. Even those of you who say you’re not musical – we guarantee you’ll enjoy it too!

So, what is a gamelan?

A gamelan is a collection of tuned percussion instruments from Indonesia, with each set custom made to order. A group of 10 – 15 people usually play the set of gongs, drums and metallophones together. Gamelan plays an important part in the cultures of both Java and Bali, often accompanying dance, shadow puppet shows, rituals and ceremonies. Each gamelan is treated with great respect, and given a unique name in a traditional naming ceremony; when it first arrived in Northern Ireland in 1995, The Open Arts Gamelan was named “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika”, which means “unity in diversity”.

What makes a gamelan workshop so unique?

Everything about gamelan is relaxing and absorbing, and because the tuning system is so different to western tuning, having prior musical experience is not necessarily an advantage. Also, the instruments are relatively easy and accessible to play by people of all ages and abilities/disabilities. Thus, the gamelan an inclusive experience for beginners, and a great leveller!

Visually, each gamelan is a work of art, with gold paintings and carvings unique to each instrument. And the experience of playing the gamelan is more than just pleasing to the ear – it feels completely immersive, with each vibration helping to calm your body and mind. In the words of Professor Mel Mercier (Chair of Performing Arts at The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, UL), “It’s constructed differently, and the scales are different, so playing the gamelan is an embodied experience of this musical culture. When you play the gamelan, you feel like you’re in the music. It’s a wonderful feeling.”

Wednesday Gamelan Sessions at the Spectrum Centre for people aged 16 or over:
4-5pm for musicians/more advanced players
6-7pm for beginners (starting 18th October 2017)

For more info, contact Bev McGeown on 02890 240765 or email bev@openartsni.org

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Bounce! Workshop: Gamelan with Open Arts

October 4, 2017, 5:30pm

Gamelan Music with Open Arts Wed 4 Oct, 5.30pm, Spectrum Centre. All ages - family friendly. FREE/Donation Open Arts owns a magnificent hand-carved Javanese Gamelan orchestra – an extraordinary col...

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We are so excited to be performing with Luminous Soul and Donal Scullion as part of this year's Bounce! Festival... Friday 29th September at 7.30pm in the Cube at the Crescent Arts Centre. Tickets £8 available online at https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/…
...or payable on the door (subject to availability)
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"The dancer’s body is simply the LUMINOUS manifestation of the SOUL” ~ Isadora Duncan. Tickets to see Luminous Soul on Friday night with Open Arts Community Choir featuring a guest appearance by ...

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We can’t wait to perform with Luminous Soul dancers and our very good friend, Donal Scullion on Friday evening in the Crescent Arts Centre! Tickets available from: https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/… ... See MoreSee Less

"The dancer’s body is simply the LUMINOUS manifestation of the SOUL” ~ Isadora Duncan. Tickets to see Luminous Soul on Friday night with Open Arts Community Choir featuring a guest appearance by ...

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Can't believe this was Culture Night Belfast FIVE years ago!! And tonight we're at it again... 7.30-8.30pm in the Arts & Disability Forum, Royal Avenue. Come and sing with the Open Arts Community Choir! ... See MoreSee Less

Hope y'all enjoy this short video of audience responses to our "Private Performances" at Culture Night Belfast in September 2012. Many thanks to Adam, Ciara, and the entire CNB12 team for making this ...

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Check out Northern Visions nvtv Belfast (Freeview channel 7 in the Greater Belfast area or Virgin channel 159) this evening at 8:45pm or the repeat on Wednesday at 8:15pm. Open Arts at 25! An insight to a busy, successful year for us, captured by the great people at Northern Visions nvtv Belfast 🙂
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Happy Pudsey Day! Thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need we get to do amazing things like this in our 'In Tune' project in partnership with Angel Eyes NI and Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland! Visit www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey to find out more about all the great work that is supported by BBC Children in Need and of course, to donate 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

Some ghosts, ghouls, witches and all kinds of things you wouldn't want to meet on a dark night.... working hard at our thriller rehearsal today. The kids had a ball! Thanks to Open Arts! Happy Hallowe...

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Just 2 weeks to go until this fabulous Christmas concert in the beautiful candlelit surroundings of St Peter's Cathedral. Get your tickets now via: https://getinvited.to/openartsni/open-arts-community-choir-by-candlelight/ ... See MoreSee Less

Open Arts Community Choir by Candlelight

December 1, 2017, 7:30pm - December 1, 2017, 3:00pm

An evening of festive songs performed by the Open Arts Community Choir & friends in the beautiful candlelit surroundings of St Peter's Cathedral. Guest appearances from Donal Scullion Music, Bronagh...

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Our next Jamdin session is this Wednesday at 2.45pm in the Spectrum Centre - a music workshop that's guaranteed to put a song in your heart, a spring in your step and a smile on your face! 🎶❤😀 ... See MoreSee Less

Jamdin music session

November 15, 2017, 2:45pm - November 15, 2017, 9:45am

Jamdin is a fun interactive music session for adults with and without disabilities. Numbers are limited, so please contact Bev McGeown if you are interested: bev@openartsni.org or phone 02890 240765.

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Now for your evening viewing! Sit back with a hot cholocate or a wee glass of something and enjoy this from our Creative Writers, beautiful words and lovely cinematography 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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For your lunch time entertainment, our Monday Players’ short film, which was premiered last week at our 25th birthday celebrations in the City Hall! ... See MoreSee Less

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Highlights of 25 years in 3 minutes, 7 seconds!! It doesn’t even scratch the surface of what we have achieved but it’s a quick introduction to us, Open Arts 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

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For anyone who likes to hit things... in a beautiful and entirely musical way of course! 😁 ... See MoreSee Less

Gamelan for beginners

November 8, 2017, 6:00pm - November 8, 2017, 1:00pm

Open Arts is hosting a series of Gamelan classes for adult beginners or less experienced players at the Spectrum Centre, Belfast on Wednesdays from 6-7pm for a limited time - please contact us to chec...

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Launch of ‘THREE’

 

Our multi-award winning Open Arts Community Choir are launching their newest album, Three, with a special concert at the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, supported by Colin Reid and with special guests NI Soul Troop.

www.openartscommunitychoir.com

http://www.colin-reid.com/

https://www.facebook.com/nisoultroop

 

Tickets are limited
For access enquiries please contact the Duncairn Centre on 028 9074 7114
For all other enquiries call Open Arts on 0289 024 0765

Or email info@openartsni.org

 

Date: 13th November 2014
Time: 7.30pm-10pm
Cost: £8 general admission, £5 unwaged
Where: The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts
Duncairn Avenue, Belfast
BT14 6BP
This is a BYOB event.
The Duncairn Centre appreciates your moderation.

OACC Representatives to attend World Choir Games in Riga

Three delegates from the Open Arts Community Choir (OACC) have been invited to attend 4 days of 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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Jalan-Jalan at the Spectrum Centre

Open Arts’ Jalan-Jalan event was a huge success. The OACC, 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. The event was on Saturday the 14th of June 2014.

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

 

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Sponsor Andrea Hope’s Marathon Walk for Open Arts

1476400_10151860140773424_916721128_nOpen Arts’ amazing Gamelan player, Community Choir singer and Luminous Soul dancer, Andrea Hope , is taking on the Belfast Marathon 8 mile walk with her guide dog Zeta Vale Hope to raise money for our organization.

Andrea said: “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Open Arts. They gave me the confidence to do a music degree and I’ve always been encouraged to try new things and to improve the artistic skills I already have. You can support me and Open Arts by texting a wee donation. It doesn’t matter how much, every little can go a long way.”

“I know that so long as I’m involved with Open Arts so many doors will continue to open. I’ve already had some amazing experiences with Open Arts, and I’ve achieved so much as well, and it’s all because of the wonderful guys who work for Open Arts. This is a fantastic way to say thanks and to give something back. We’re all one big happy family at Open Arts.
Thank you all very much. All the support you give will be much appreciated.”

Text OART21 (with no spaces) followed by your donation choice, remembering to put the £ (pound sign) before your figure e.g. £1, £2, etc to 70070.
So to donate £5: text ‘OART21 £5′ to 70070.

Please join and share Andrea’s facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/691842140855209/

 

 

 

 

 

Belfast Choir Going Global

The Award winning Open Arts Community Choir (OACC) who shot to fame in 2008 after appearing on the hit BBC TV Show, “Last Choir Standing” have launched their second Album in style with outdoor concerts at Belfast City Hall and Wolfgang Buttress’s impressive ‘Rise’ sculpture on Broadway Roundabout.Following the TV show and the success of their first album the OACC have embraced their new found fame and gone from strength to strength, performing at a number of high profile concerts and festivals throughout the UK and Ireland, including an appearance on RTE’s “An Cor” in 2010.

Speaking on the CD launch, Musical Director, Beverley Whyte says:

“This is an exciting time in the 11-year history of the OACC, and just like the final track on the CD we are very “Proud” of this album! I love directing this choir of diverse and talented people, and am looking forward to taking our message of inclusive choral singing to America next year. I truly believe that the OACC represents all that is GOOD about Northern Ireland – for a change!”

The second Album, appropriately called “Going Global”, was recorded and mixed locally by Cormac O’Kane of Rhubarb Recordings and not only demonstrates the depth and diversity of local talent we have in Northern Ireland but also signifies the choir’s desire to share their message of inclusive community singing across the world. The 14-track album features tracks from a variety of musical genres and countries including Hawaii, Korea, Russia, USA and of course Ireland.

The Open Arts Community Choir is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Lottery Fund.

Commenting on the Choir’s latest initiative, Sharon O’Connor, Board Member, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said:

“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to be a long term supporter of the Open Arts Community Choir which provides equality of opportunity for people of all abilities and backgrounds, irrespective of their musical experience. They have become one of Northern Ireland’s ambassadors, recognised for the quality of their work and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the production of this superb CD.  We wish them every success with it.”
Established in 2000, The Open Arts Community Choir (OACC) is an award winning, dynamic, inclusive choir based in Belfast. The OACC demonstrate how people from different cultural backgrounds, with and without disabilities can come together through the medium of song to be positive ambassadors for Northern Ireland.

For more information on the Open Arts Community Choir or to purchase their CD please contact Beverley Whyte on 02890240765 or email Bev@openartsni.org

Gala Dinner Singing Success

Critical Power Specialists, Metartec showed their support for the award winning Open Arts Community Choir (OACC) by sponsoring a Gala Ball to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. The event which took place at the Hilton Hotel, Belfast was a singing success with over 200 local businesses and guests coming together to help raise £13,000 towards the charities fund for their American tour this summer.

Steve McCallum, Metartec’s Business Development Director says:

“Metartec’s ethos is to provide solutions to power the future of our customers and feel that this philosophy should be incorporated in all aspects of the business. With this in mind, we were delighted to be involved with the Open Arts Community Choir and their fund raising efforts.”

Beverley Whyte, Musical Director of the Open Arts Community Choir says:

“The choir demonstrates how people from different cultural backgrounds, with and without disabilities come together through the medium of song to be positive ambassadors for Northern Ireland.  We have been over whelmed by the support we have received from local businesses and would like to thank everyone for their generosity.”

Open Arts Community Choir Celebrate 10th Birthday in Style

CELEBRATING IN STYLE: The Open Arts Community Choir (OACC) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in style with a Gala Ball on 11th March, at the Hilton Hotel Belfast. Launching the event is Nicole Magee, Marketing Assistant from event sponsors Metartec, Beverley Whyte Musical Director of the OACC and Martin Monaghan from the Hilton Hotel.

Pictures from the Gala Dinner

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone whocame along and supported our 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner.

More pictures of the Open Arts Community Choir…