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Group for first ever disability and deaf arts festival

Members of the Impact Forum Theatre Group.

THE Impact Forum Theatre Group from Donegal in association with the An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny will perform at Bounce!, Northern Ireland’s first ever disability and deaf arts festival later this month.

The group, which consists of people with sensory, physical and hidden disabilities will perform their two latest pieces – Take Me Out and Happy Birthday at the Black Box in Belfast on Thursday, August 30.

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It is just one of a range of events revealed by the Arts & Disability Forum (ADF) at the launch of Bounce! – an action packed eight day festival presenting new work by disabled artists, featuring a range of top local and international work from visual artists, animators, writers, musicians, performance artists and theatre and dance companies.

“The name of the festival refers to disabled people’s resilience and ability to bounce back but it is also about pleasure, bouncing with joy, and celebrating the talent of disabled artists!” explained ADF Chief Executive Chris Ledger.

The festival takes place in the Cathedral Quarter from August 24th to 31st, coinciding with the arrival of the Paralympic torch in Northern Ireland. It has been funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, with co-funding from Belfast City Council. The ADF is core-funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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