Disability-run charity to open new performing arts studio in Belfast

A disability-run charity is set to open a new performing arts studio in Belfast city centre.

The University of Atypical Arts and Disability is behind Ledger Studio, which will be based on Avenue Royale, and will be used for theatre, comedy, dance, music and spoken word – performed by deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists.

The studio will open on October 7 at the start of the Bounce Arts Festival, which showcases work by deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists at venues across Belfast and Derry and online in Fermanagh and Omagh.

Damien Coyle of Atypical University said: “Over the past decade our fabulous Bounce Arts festival has grown and we are proud to launch an exciting and eclectic program that includes music, performances and visual arts, theater and dance as well as a book launch by one of the recipients of the Chris Ledger Legacy Awards.

“While we make Bounce events as accessible as possible to D/Deaf, disabled and neurodiverse audiences, we want Bounce to be for everyone.”

He added: “And with the new Ledger Studio, we will be able to reach an even larger audience throughout the year.

“It’s a wonderful legacy for Chris who has done so much for the arts and disability in Northern Ireland.”

Belfast Lord Mayor Christina Black said: “It’s fantastic to be associated with the only festival in the region dedicated to showcasing outstanding new work by D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse creators.

“It is so encouraging to see the progress made over the past decade – and I have no doubt that the University of Atypical is destined for even greater things in the next decade and beyond. “