Open Arts launches 25th anniversary celebrations at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival


Image: Open Arts musical director Beverley Whyte, front left, with members of the Open Arts Community Choir and musician Donal Scullion, back row, right

An arts and disability organisation is kicking off its 25th anniversary celebrations with a new musical collaboration at this week’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast.

Founded in 1992, Belfast-based Open Arts runs a core programme of drama, dance, music, writing and visual arts activity for hundreds of disabled adult participants from across Northern Ireland every month.

One of the organisation’s key projects is the internationally acclaimed Open Arts Community Choir, which will be performing with Donal Scullion and the Spider Collective as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival at Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church in Belfast on Sunday, April 30.

The concert will feature the choir and band performing a range of music, from pop, rock and gospel to classical, world and folk.

Eileen Branagh, Chief Executive of Open Arts said: “As Open Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are really excited to take the opportunity to both showcase what we have achieved so far and to challenge preconceptions and expectations even further in terms of what people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory impairments and mental health issues can achieve through the arts.”

Tickets for the Open Arts Community Choir with Donal Scullion and The Spider Collective concert at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival can be booked online at

For further information on Open Arts and to find out more about its 25th anniversary programme, please visit


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