This is Abil­ity arts plat­form

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE - Char­lotte Stafrace Photo: Jeremy De Maria

Open­ing Doors is an arts or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for adults with di­verse in­tel­lec­tual needs. With an ex­cit­ing yearly pro­gramme of events, the NGO goes from strength to strength. This is Abil­ity is a mini fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing the work of lo­cal and Euro­pean dis­abled artists.

Coin­cid­ing close to World Dis­abil­ity Day, oc­cur­ring on 3 De­cem­ber, Open­ing Doors is spear­head­ing an ex­cit­ing arts plat­form, which will run at St James Cav­a­lier be­tween 7 and 11 De­cem­ber, part of Spazju Kreat­tiv’s sea­son pro­gramme.

This is Abil­ity will ap­peal to any­one cu­ri­ous about the cre­ative con­tri­bu­tion dis­abled artists of­fer the lo­cal arts scene, the rel­e­vance of dis­abil­ity arts to­day and what cre­ative pro­cesses artists and di­rec­tors adopt in this sec­tor. The events will also in­form those work­ing or wish­ing to work within the dis­abil­ity arena, as well as fam­i­lies of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, or any­one want­ing to join a cre­ative arts group. The pro­gramme will in­clude two sem­i­nars, per­for­mances by the group, live per­for­mance in­stal­la­tions by the groups’ tu­tors, in­ter­na­tional films as well as an ex­hi­bi­tion. All ac­tiv­i­ties are fully ac­ces­si­ble to wheel­chair users (please use the en­trance at Main Re­cep­tion, Par­lia­ment side) and most of the events have free en­trance.

There will also be an open in­te­grated move­ment ses­sion on Satur­day, 10 De­cem­ber from 10 to 11.15am. This class would ap­peal to dancers and ac­tors with and with­out dis­abil­ity as well as mem­bers of the pub­lic who wish to have a cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ence. To book your seat send an email on open­ing­doors­malta@gmail.com. The full pro­gramme will be listed the Face­book page, Open­ing Doors As­so­ci­a­tion Malta.

Open­ing Doors of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties to adults to turn to the arts, in or­der to ex­cel in their skills, learn new ones, com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively and to also team up with oth­ers on a so­cial ba­sis. Cur­rently our NGO of­fers train­ing in the­atre, dance and music skills. We also of­fer our mem­bers the op­por­tu­nity of per­for­mance, through per­for­mance jams as well as full the­atri­cal pieces.

Our mis­sion is to make the arts a pos­si­bil­ity to all. Come and join in the con­ver­sa­tion, our vol­un­teer­ing pro­gramme, or sim­ply en­joy our work. We turn dis­abil­ity arts into abil­ity arts for all.

Open­ing Doors As­so­ci­a­tion is sup­ported by Arts Coun­cil Malta through a Cul­tural Part­ner­ship Agree­ment and a five-year Col­lab­o­ra­tion Agree­ment with Fon­daz­zjoni Kreat­tivita’. The or­gan­i­sa­tion is also funded by Premju tal-Pres­i­dent man­aged by the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and Arts Coun­cil Malta, Aġen­z­ija Żgħażagħ and sup­ported by Teatru Ma­noel, Ali­son White Dance Studio and The Box – A Cre­ative Arts Space.

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