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OACC Open Night (2nd of 3)

September 18, 2017, 7:15pm - September 18, 2017, 3:15pm

OACC OPEN NIGHT (2nd of 3) Love to sing? Want to meet new people? Like to learn great songs & travel to fun places? If the answer is ‘yes’, then the Open Arts Community Choir is for you! The OA...

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OACC Open Night (2nd of 3)

September 18, 2017, 7:15pm - September 18, 2017, 3:15pm

OACC OPEN NIGHT (2nd of 3) Love to sing? Want to meet new people? Like to learn great songs & travel to fun places? If the answer is ‘yes’, then the Open Arts Community Choir is for you! The OA...

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OACC Open Night (1st of 3)

September 11, 2017, 7:15pm - September 11, 2017, 3:15pm

OACC OPEN NIGHT (1st of 3) Love to sing? Want to meet new people? Like to learn great songs & travel to fun places? If the answer is ‘yes’, then the Open Arts Community Choir is for you! The OA...

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OACC Open Night (1st of 3)

September 11, 2017, 7:15pm - September 11, 2017, 3:15pm

OACC OPEN NIGHT (1st of 3) Love to sing? Want to meet new people? Like to learn great songs & travel to fun places? If the answer is ‘yes’, then the Open Arts Community Choir is for you! The OA...

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Do you love to sing, aged 16+ and wanting to try something new? Then please come along to our Open Arts Community Choir "Open Nights" on Monday 11th, 18th & 25th September, 7:15-9:15pm in Divis Community Centre. For more information please get in touch with Bev: bev@openartsni.org ... See MoreSee Less

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Some happy snaps from last week’s rehearsal for Luminous Soul’s performance at Bounce! Festival on 29th September with live music from Open Arts Community Choir and special guest appearance by Donal Scullion Music. Not to be missed so get your tickets 🙂 Click on this link: https://eventbrite.co.uk/e/… ... See MoreSee Less

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This is happening this Wednesday - please get in touch asap if you or anyone you know is interested, as numbers are limited... 🎶🎵😊 ... See MoreSee Less

Jamdin Music Session

September 20, 2017, 2:45pm - September 20, 2017, 9:45am

Jamdin is a fun, interactive music session for anyone aged 16 or over, with or without disabilities. Activities include African drumming, singing, handchime-playing, as well as the playing of standard...

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Jamdin Music Session

September 20, 2017, 2:45pm - September 20, 2017, 9:45am

Jamdin is a fun, interactive music session for anyone aged 16 or over, with or without disabilities. Activities include African drumming, singing, handchime-playing, as well as the playing of standard...

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I know that we are biased but this is going to be amazing!
The beauty of Luminous Soul Dance with our award winning Open Arts Community Choir including a very special guest appearance from Donal Scullion Music 🙂
Tickets £8 available from this link http://ow.ly/D25t30f7Akl or by calling Arts & Disability Forum on 028 9023 9450.
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Bounce!: Luminous Soul with Open Arts Community Choir

September 29, 2017, 7:30pm - September 29, 2017, 2:10pm

Accompanied by Open Arts Community Choir, Luminous Soul will present work developed over the past year, including their most recent work in progress. The performance will include group dances, duets a...

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*****It’s Open Arts’ holiday time! August office hours below******
Our office will be closed from Wednesday 2nd August until Monday 14th August.
In the weeks beginning 14th August & 21st August the office will only be open at the following times:
~ Monday - 09:30 - 16:30
~ Thursday - 14:30 - 16:30
~ Friday - 09:30 - 16:30
It will also be closed on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August.
Normal office hours resume on Tuesday 29th August.
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If you want to know more about our gold medal winning choir, this is a must see! Thanks to Northern Visions nvtv Belfast for capturing the amazingness of Open Arts Community Choir 🎵❤️🎵 ... See MoreSee Less

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What an incredible time we had at the European Choir Games in Riga, Latvia! Thanks to everyone who supported us, particularly Open Arts' principle funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland & also ...

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The Parade of Nations in Riga Old Town. Are you there? #SinginRiga #EuropeanChoirGames #ParadeofNations

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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…