Have Your Say: Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan Consultation

Public consultation is now open
Closes at 4pm Monday 28 October 2019

The Arts Council‘s draft equality and disability 5-year action plans 2019 – 24 are both open for consultation with the arts sector and key stakeholders, as well as partners in local and central government, and the wider public sector. These action plans set out the Arts Council’s commitment to fulfil obligations under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

To share your views with the Arts Council, you can:
– Complete the Consultation Proforma document and email it to strategy@artscouncil-ni.org
– Send your views by email to strategy@artscouncil-ni.org
– Write to: Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan Consultation Response, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 1 The Sidings, Antrim Road, Lisburn BT28 3AJ
– Send feedback in the form of a digital video or sound recording. These can be submitted via CD or link to cloud storage such as Dropbox, WeTransfer or Google Drive.

Public consultation closes at 4pm, Monday 28 October 2019.

For more information and to view the draft action plans, please visit http://artscouncil-ni.org/research-and-development/equality-and-disability-consultation

Consultation documents are available in a range of formats on request. Contact Graeme Stevenson, Strategic Development Department by telephone 02892 623 548 or by email gstevenson@artscouncil-ni.org

Dungannon Culture Night: Workshops and Pop-up Dance Performance

There are plenty of exciting activities coming up as part of Mid Ulster Culture Night on 20th September. Don’t miss our multicultural dance workshops: including an ASD-friendly workshop starting at 5pm.  Then you can enjoy a pop-up dance performance in front of Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre from 7pm onwards! Read on for all the details.

DU DANCE (NI) MULTICULTURAL DANCE WORKSHOPS

Friday 20th September
5pm – 5.45pm (ASD Friendly Workshop)
Taster contemporary dance workshops: learn new styles of dance from around the world in a fun and friendly environment.
This is a free workshop.
For more information click here.

Friday 20th September
6pm – 6:45pm
The second of our taster contemporary dance workshops. Learn new styles of dance from around the world in a fun and friendly environment.
This is a free workshop.
For more information click here.

POP-UP DANCE PERFORMANCES

Enjoy the free pop-up dance performance taking place in Market Square from 7pm – 8pm on Friday 20th September.

MeetShareDance: An Inclusive Dance Festival

Open Arts celebrated the 10th anniversary of its dance group Luminous Soul by hosting the prestigious ‘MeetShareDance’ inclusive dance festival in Belfast from 5th – 7th September 2019.

Luminous Soul is the only contemporary dance development programme for disabled people in Northern Ireland and features members who have a range of disabilities: physical, sensory, learning disabilities and mental health illness.

MeetShareDance is an international workshop dance festival which is based around the ideas of inclusivity and exchange. It aims to discover changes in the world of dance and disability and to raise the profile of integrated dance in artistic and everyday life. The festival has previously taken place in Porto, Madrid, Helsinki, Berlin, Lubjana and Dublin – this was its first visit to Northern Ireland.

Forty dancers (amateur & professional) from eight countries – Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Luxembourg, UK, Slovenia – took part in three days of inclusive dance workshops at the Crescent Arts Centre. Participants in MeetShareDance then showcased their skills to the public with a performance of a newly devised collaborative piece in Belfast’s Cornmarket on Saturday 7th September.

The festival proved to be a wonderful celebration – congratulations to Open Arts and to all involved.

For further information on Luminous Soul and MeetShareDance, visit www.openartsni.org

New Term for Youth Dance Groups: Newcomers Welcome!

Now that our Summer Sessions are finished for another year, our Youth Engagement Projects (YEPs) are back in action with regular classes!

Our YEPs use dance, movement and music in fun, energetic workshops leading to performances.

No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome.

If you have young people interested in joining one of our youth groups please get in touch.

T: 028 9023 0877

E: info@dudanceni.com

Read on for details about each group.

Suteminis
Starting Date: Wednesday 4th September 2019
6pm – 7pm
For ages 8 – 11
Dungannon Youth Resource Centre
Artist: Sheena Kelly
£1 subs per session

Sutemos
Starting Date: Wednesday 4th September 2019
7pm – 8:30pm
For 12 – 18 years
Dungannon Youth Resource Centre
Artist: Sheena Kelly
£1 subs per session

Suteminis and Sutemos recently teamed up for a pop-up performance in Dungannon for Mid Ulster Culture Night – click here to read all about it!

Belfast Boys – This group is for boys only
Starting Date: Saturday 14th September 2019
3:30pm – 5.00pm
For 8 – 12 years
NEW VENUE: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Artist: Sean O’Neill
£1 subs per session

Alternatives
Starting date: Friday 13th September 2019
4pm– 5 pm
8 – 11 years
Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney
Artist: Janie Doherty
£1 subs per session

Alternative Energies
Starting date: Friday 13th September
5pm – 6:30pm
12 – 18 years
Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney
Artist: Janie Doherty
£1 subs per session

Belfast Boys Summer Session

As Belfast Boys have now finished weekly sessions, it’s time once again for our summer school!

Don’t miss Summer Sessions in Belfast. Taking place from Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th August 2019, this is an opportunity for boys to come along and try out dance and movement in a fun and friendly environment.

This is the perfect chance for boys aged 8 – 12 to have fun and express themselves.

The entire cost is only £10.

Come along and give it a go!

Plus, if you want more, you can join up in September when Belfast Boys resume regular classes.

To book your place call 02890230877 or email info@dudanceni.com.

Dungannon Summer Sessions: Get Dancing This July!

As our Youth Engagement Projects finish their weekly sessions, it’s time once again for our summer schools!

Don’t miss Summer Sessions in Dungannon. Taking place in Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre from Monday 15th – Friday 19th July 2019, this is an opportunity for young people to come along and try out dance and movement in a fun and friendly environment.

We have two groups: one for ages 7 – 11 and one for ages 12 – 18. The cost for the week is only £10.

Come along and give it a go!

Plus, if you want more, you can join up in September when our Youth Engagement Projects resume regular classes!

To book a place, simply contact us by phone (028 9023 0877) or email (info@dudanceni.com).

Ballymoney Summer Sessions: Get Dancing This July!

As our Youth Engagement Projects finish their weekly sessions, it’s time once again for our summer schools!

Don’t miss Summer Sessions in Ballymoney. Taking place in the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre from Monday 1st – Friday 5th July 2019, this is an opportunity for young people to come along and try out dance and movement in a fun and friendly environment.

We have two groups: one for ages 8 – 11 and one for ages 12 – 18. The cost for the week is only £10.

Come along and give it a go!

Plus, if you want more, you can join up in September when our Youth Engagement Projects resume regular classes!

To book a place, simply contact us by phone (028 9023 0877) or email (info@dudanceni.com).

Steering Group Exchange

In July and August, two of our Steering Group were involved in an Intercultural Youth Exchange called “Crossing Borders” – run by Hostelling International NI in partnership with DJH.

The project allowed them to work with 8 other young people from Northern Ireland and 10 young people from Germany, all aged 16-18 years. The first leg of the exchange took place in Northern Ireland, with the second leg taking place in Berlin, Germany.

Themes explored in the project included the connection of both Berlin and Belfast being cities that have experienced – or still experience – division by walls as well as the impact of conflict on young people.

Intergenerational Project with St. Genevieve’s High School and Kilwee Care Home

From Friday 21st – Tuesday 25th June this Creative Schools Project brought generations together through dance, music, costume and makeup.  Alan Clarke led on the dance along with our artistic director Mags Byrne, and music was provided by Fade to Black.

In total, 20 young people were involved alongside 45 older people in what was a truly heartening event.

Newtownards Summer Flash Mob

Conway Square in Newtownards was the venue as 200 children joined together in a flashmob on 7th August to raise awareness of the effects of single-use plastics. Our artistic director Mags Byrne worked alongside dance artist Ciarán Grey delivering a series of workshops in the run-up to the event.

During the 20-minute performance, the children filled the square with protest chants and dance. They were joined by BEATNDRUM Samba Band and Professor Plastic Not Fantastic in highlighting key plastic pollution facts and figures.

This event was part of Ards and North Down Borough Council’s summer scheme programme and funded by the council’s Recycling Community Investment Fund (RCIF).