Red Rhino sponsors the 2011 ARTitude Festival

Red Rhino is delighted to be a sponsor of the ARTitude Festival being organised by ADAPT NI

Red Rhino is delighted to be a sponsor of the ARTitude Festival being organised by ADAPT NI, which runs from early 2011 through to April 2011.

ARTitude Festival is a leading capacity building project and the only local project addressing issues surrounding diversity and equality for young people of all abilities. In 2011 ADAPT NI will be working with partner Harberton Special School, to support the planning and marketing of the festival and provide direct communication with schools. Through ARTitude ADAPT NI create opportunities for young people with and without disabilities to work together through unique artistic activities facilitating self-development, Exploring disability equality and developing creative, technical and interpersonal skills. The project includes arts workshops, an Art Exhibition, Drama Performance and Film Showcase.

The Art Exhibition is an increasingly popular event introduced to the festival programme in 2009. It showcases a selection of work from young people, conveying their thoughts and using the arts to explore how individuals, whether they have a disability or not, are similar yet uniquely different, and expressing how they value diversity and individuality in themselves and others. All young people can submit their work which is selected by a panel of volunteers. The opening launch will be attended by young artists, their families, sponsors and funders. Whilst running, guests visiting the exhibition will include school groups encouraged to attend by ADAPT, like-minded organisations in the arts and charitable sector, and members of the public visiting the Waterfront for performances and events.

About the Young People

The young people who take part in the Festival do so though mainstream and specialist schools, youth groups and support organisations. The overwhelming majority of our participants have some form of disability, including learning, physical and sensory impairments. During the 2010 festival, over 400 young people from across Northern Ireland were involved.

Arts Workshops programmed until March 2011

Participatory arts workshops in Animation, Crafts, Drama, & Media. Open to schools and youth groups, workshops are delivered in various formats and partnerships bringing together young people of all abilities. Early registration is advised for the limited number of reduced cost/subsidized workshops available.

Art Exhibition March to April 2011

Young people are invited to submit visual art work reflecting the festival theme. Works will be selected for exhibition at a leading public gallery.

Drama Performance 30 March 2011

Welcoming younger audiences and new to the 2011 programme is a drama performance by students from St Gerard’s Education Resource Centre for P3 and P4 pupils.

Film Showcase 31 March 2011

Young people are invited to submit short films for this popular finale event. Participants enjoy a showcase of local film-making talent from young people of all abilities and everyone is welcome to attend this event!

Contact [email protected] for more information on the 2011 ARTitude Festival.

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