Watch: Celebrating the incredible work created by artists with disabilities

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The Opening Doors Association has been established since 2008 and is a non-governmental voluntary arts organisation that provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

They have various groups that meet weekly for arts training in drama, dance and music. Opening Doors hosts performances on a yearly basis, showcasing the work developed by our artistic leaders and trainees.

Toni Attard, who is on the board of the NGO, told “We currently have over 40 participants in our core groups. Training is provided by a team of professional artists and a team of volunteers who support these sessions, across the three genres. All our core activities are funded through project grants and private donations. This is why we constantly appeal for private support to continue delivering the training and the programme of artistic events. As we mark international day of people with disabilities we want to remind everyone on the importance of securing the cultural rights of people with disabilities and celebrating the incredible work created by artists with disabilities.

You may join Opening Doors for a webinar on the friendships of young persons with disabilities today Thursday 3rd December from 4.00 to 6.00 pm. The webinar is being organised together wit the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability – CRPD and the Department of Disability Studies – University of Malta.

If you would like to donate to Opening Doors, you may do so by clicking here.

The International Day of Disabled Persons was founded in 1992 by the United Nations. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

The video was published in 2018 to celebrate Opening Doors’ 10th anniversary