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December, 3

Bounce Arts Festival is bound for Belfast

Bounce Arts Festival features a mix of dance, comedy, music, art exhibitions, poetry readings and physical theatre.

The acclaimed disability and D/deaf arts festival has a range of online and real world events squeezed into an action-packed weekend to be enjoyed in the city of Belfast and online.

The festival, run by the University of Atypical, showcases outstanding new work by D/deaf and disabled artists, musicians, actors, comedians, dancers and performance poets. Bounce Arts festival is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council. Now in its ninth year, it has grown into one of the leading disability arts festivals in Europe.

Damien Coyle, Chief Executive of University of Atypical, said: “The Bounce Arts festival plays an important part in the arts and cultural calendar of Northern Ireland, it’s also plays a vital role in showcasing new work created by D/deaf and disabled artists. Bounce has always been a place where D/deaf and disabled artists and the D/deaf and disabled community could meet, celebrate and have fun. Sadly, this year we won’t be able to take the risk of meeting in person, so we hope you will join us in meeting online. We know people are feeling isolated and feeling under financial pressures, so we’ve made all our events free.”

The line-up includes award-winning artist Die Hexen with a powerful double bill featuring My Blood & El Hor. Pyjama Boy is a new short film created by KIC’s Physical Graffiti - All Ability Project for teenagers and adults with disabilities especially for Bounce Arts Festival 2020. Armour Off! is a brand new solo performance by Linda Fearon, created in collaboration with performance artist and choreographer Caroline Bowditch and Composer Niall O’Carroll. The festival ends with the awesome Jude Kuzma AKA Bulletix, who brings a fresh new audio experience of high-energy sounds, electronic songs and instrumental pieces, both secular and sacred.

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