The famous D / Deaf, Disabled and Neurodiverse Arts Festival celebrates its ninth anniversary with a busy schedule of events in Derry and Belfast.
The festival, which runs from October 1-3, showcases the best new works of D / Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists from the UK, Ireland and Europe.
Bounce, which is run by Atypical University and supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Department of Communities and Belfast City Council, has become one of the top arts festivals for people with disabilities in Europe, offering a mix of dance, comedy, music, art exhibitions, poetry readings and physical theater.
Atypical University is a disability-led arts charity that takes an empowerment-based approach to support the involvement of D / deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people in the arts, and to reach audiences with disabilities. and deaf.
However, it also aims to reach a wider audience.
Damien Coyle, Managing Director of the University of Atypical, said: âBounce has become an extremely popular event in Belfast and by expanding north-west the festival can reach an even wider audience.
âWe make Bounce events as accessible as possible for people with disabilities and deaf and deaf people, but Bounce is for everyone. The festival is perfect for open-minded people who appreciate diverse and unique creative talents. “
Gilly Campbell, Head of Community Arts and Education, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added:
âThe Arts Council of Northern Ireland is committed to supporting the work and career development of our D / Deaf, Neurodivergent and Disabled artists. The Bounce Arts Festival provides an important platform to highlight the work of these artists while showcasing the work of artists with disabilities from the UK and Europe.
âKudos to Atypical University for putting on a terrific program for Bounce this year which showcases some of Northern Ireland’s most talented artists including performance artist Sinead O’Donnell, dancer Helen Hall and the playwright Alice McCullough.
“I am also delighted to see Bounce expanding northwest for the first time, providing exciting opportunities for the future of the festival.”
Performance artist Sinead O’Donnell, dancer Helen Hall and comedian / storyteller Alice McCullough will all perform in a new work commissioned by Atypical University in Derry and Belfast.
Alice McCullough will present her show Brave New Words at the Verbal Arts Center in Derry and The Vault in Belfast.
Alice’s award-winning combination of stand-up comedy, poetry, storytelling and drama is an uplifting and stimulating adventure.
Having had many ups and downs herself, she speaks candidly about her battles with bipolar disorder and shares inspiring words to keep us through thick and thin.
Sinead O’Donnell will present his show Trigger – derived from the artist’s experiences working in public settings – at the Nerve Center in Derry and the Flax Arts Center in Belfast.
Helen Hall will perform Collecting Moments in which she explores how we are living in the present moment, our attempts to try to come back to that moment, and how the moment might change.
Helen will perform at the Nerve Center and the Crescent Arts Center in Belfast.
The revolutionary Drag Syndrome, an internationally renowned drag collective featuring drag queens and kings with Down’s syndrome who have featured in British Vogue and RuPaul’s DragCon, will perform at the Black Box in Belfast.
All events at the site will be subject to enhanced Covid-19 protocols and procedures to keep everyone safe.