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Our new friends from the Pacific University Chamber Singers, Oregon will be performing at St George's tonight at 7.30pm. Definitely worth seeing/ hearing and a really wonderful group of people. ... See MoreSee Less

Come along on Friday to hear a musical medley by this fabulous choir from Oregan. 7:30pm start, no entrance fee required.

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This is our next big gig... another opportunity for us to collaborate with the fabulous Donal Scullion and our very own Luminous Soul dancers.
1st March, 8pm at the Crescent Arts Centre 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
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Luminous Soul with Open Arts Community Choir & Donal Scullion

March 1, 2018, 8:00pm - March 1, 2018, 3:00pm

The performance will include a selection of group dances, duets and solos, performed to live choral music from Open Arts Community Choir including a special guest appearance from local singer/songwrit...

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Thanks to Scott Tuomi and members of the Pacific University Chamber Singers, Oregon, for meeting and singing with us this evening. Thanks also to Skainos for the use of their beautiful church for the event. A wonderful time was had by all! 🎶 ... See MoreSee Less

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Don't worry if you missed us on the radio earlier, 'coz we're on again in the morning (Christmas Day) at 10am. (The perfect musical backdrop for opening all your pressies!)
Thanks to Stephanie, Richard, John, Kerry and everyone at BBC Radio Ulster for a wonderful experience - Merry Christmas!🎄🎶⭐️🎅🏻
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Join John Toal and Kerry McLean for 'The Spirit of Christmas', a special concert full of festive cheer. Featuring performances from St Lawrence's Primary School Fintona, Regent House School, the Open ...

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Thank you, Translink! We had a wonderful time singing for your lovely passengers yesterday. Merry Christmas from everyone in the Open Arts Community Choir 🎶 ... See MoreSee Less

A huge thank you to all the Choirs we’ve had in our stations this holiday period, spreading festive cheer to all of our passengers 🎶 🎅 Action Mental Health EastSide Arts Guide Dogs in Northern...

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This is one of our favourite Christmas carols, with the addition of the wonderful Ms Anne McCambridge on the final verse's descant. Enjoy! 😇 ... See MoreSee Less

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"Spread harmony through harmony" 💜 ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks to Denise and the staff of the Londonderry Arms Hotel, Carnlough, for your generous hospitality and warm welcome. We had such a lovely afternoon singing Christmas carols for your dinner guests. 🎄⭐️🎅🏻 ... See MoreSee Less

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Monday evening will be the second of our series of dance workshops for disabled children and young people!
There are 💥STILL PLACES AVAILABLE💥 so please spread the word 📣 so we can find the next generation of Luminous Soul!
Here’s a link to a video of Luminous Soul to give you an idea of what our young dancers can expect to get up to!
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Helen Hall Arts, one of our amazing dance facilitators and choreographer for Luminous Soul 💖 ... See MoreSee Less

Helen Hall who is visually impaired, uses dance to communicate how she sees the world. 💃🏻 The Arts Show X. Watch now on BBC iPlayer

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And, we're off!! Our first 'In Tune' session of 2018! 'In Tune' is our project for children and young people delivered in partnership with Angel Eyes NI and Autism Initiatives Northern Ireland funded by BBC Children in Need! ... See MoreSee Less

Another wonderful InTune session with Open Arts yesterday. This was a dance themed session - all created by the children. Thank you to our lovely volunteers from Belfast High School,

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Only a few days until we meet our future dancers for Luminous Soul! Still places available but you need to register. Call us on 028 90 240765 or email info@openartsni.org! Belfast City Council Arts Council of Northern Ireland ... See MoreSee Less

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🎉Happy New Year! 🎉
We are back and straight into exciting things for 2018! First up is our
💥NEW YOUTH DANCE PROJECT💥 for disabled children and young people!
Dance workshops begin on Monday 15th January 2018 in The Spectrum Centre, for two age groups ~
11-15 years: 6.30pm-8pm
16-21 years: 8pm- 9.30pm
For more information or to register
info@openartsni.org or call us 02890240765
This project is kindly supported by Belfast City Council’s Arts & Heritage project funding. Arts Council of Northern Ireland
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Our TAP2 group out and about again, this time at a 2 hour dance workshop with Open Arts hosted by local dance group Luminous Soul. The workshop was designed to boost self esteem, team work, self expre...

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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.





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







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.

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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…