Bounce Arts Festival success in Derry: exploration of melody, music and rhythm at the Playtrail


The City of Derry and Strabane District Council’s Access and Inclusion Project has partnered with Atypical University to host two successful events as part of this year’s Bounce Arts Festival.

Supported by funding from the Public Health Agency, the Council held events in the city’s Playtrail and at the Alley Theater and Conference Center in Strabane.

Exploring Melody, Music and Rhythm at the Playtrail Amphitheater invited attendees to experience the performances of Project Sparks’ exceptionally talented disabled and neuro-divergent mentors.

The inclusive music workshop allowed participants to explore their creativity through drums, vocals, xylophones and other inclusive instruments.

The following day, the Alley Theater hosted the My Place and Space Photography Exhibit featuring photographs captured by deaf, disabled, and neuro-diverse people responding to the theme of My Place and Space.

“The Access and Inclusion Project has been delighted to support the Bounce Arts Festival,” said the council’s Access and Inclusion Manager, Caitriona Doherty.

“This is one of the most diverse and inclusive arts events in Northern Ireland and reflects our own commitment to access and inclusion in the arts.

“We would like to thank our partners for organizing the event, everyone who participated and the Public Health Agency for their funding to support them. »

Project Sparks’ inclusive music workshop at Playtrail inspired participants to express themselves through drumming, singing and Makaton.

The Sparks leaders demonstrated youth, camaraderie and empathy and ensured attendees of all abilities felt included and all composing music activities were scaffolded so that everyone could experience success.

Participants from St Patrick’s Primary School, Model Primary School and The Hub all took part.

Saturday’s display in the aisle included the mayor’s launch of a My Place and My Space-themed photography exhibit.

It followed a call for contributions from the deaf, disabled and neurodiverse community to share a photograph of a place or object that makes them happy or included in society.

The exhibition will be presented at the Alley Theater until Friday, October 21, 2022 before moving to the Millennium Forum from November 6 to 18.



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