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Mixed ability on stage and on screen in Malta     Hello everyone, welcome back to ‘No Assumptions Please!’ Today I’m very proud to share with you the direction that we are going in for inclusion in the performing arts and in entertainment in Malta.In autumn 2021 on...

Dance with me – for World Down Syndrome Day     Hi everyone, next Monday is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), which always falls on 21st March, like the 3 copies of chromosome 21 in Down Syndrome. In my January blog I wrote about the project I was...

  Hello everyone! My name is Faye Mifsud Midolo and I am a student at MCAST studying performing arts. I am currently doing a placement with Opening Doors and joined in for the first time on Sunday during the weekend of music workshops held for Opening...

The time for inclusion is now!     Hi all, I’m going to tell you about my experience in a mixed-ability dance workshop I attended on 19 February. The workshop, which was one of 2 inclusive dance workshops hosted by Opening Doors that day, was organised in collaboration...

Introducing ‘Dance with me’     I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope we have a great 2022 ahead.  Welcome back to ‘No Assumptions Please’. Today I’ll like to tell you about the start of my new project called ‘Dance with me’ that I’m doing...

Mixed-ability Automaniacs dance show   Hello everyone, welcome back to ‘No Assumptions Please!’.  This month has been very busy for me as I was in another performance with Opening Doors, Automaniacs, taking part in the ZiguZajg Festival for Children and Young people.  Directed by Douglas Comely and...

Our performance Is-Siġra tat-Tin   Hi everyone, welcome back to ‘No Assumptions Please’. In this post I’m going to be talking about how the performance Is-Siġra tat-Tin (The Fig Tree) came about, and how I found being part of the cast.It all began with ideas and brainstorming in...

Inclusive acting work-camp in Vienna   Hi everyone, welcome back to ‘No Assumptions Please’.  In this post I shall be talking about my experience in a three-week acting camp called “Grenzenlos –Let’s Act camp” in August in Vienna which was a European Solidarity Corps project. Grenzenlos is an...

Inclusivity in Dance   Hello from Syros, Greece! Last year I was awarded an Erasmus by MCAST to come here to Syros to help at the Akropoditi dance festival (https://www.akropoditi.com/dancefest/en/). Unfortunately it had to be postponed because of Covid19, but luckily this year they were able to...

Back home!     Hi everyone, I have just finished a weekend of drama, filming and performances! The last time I did something like this was all the way back in 2019 and I can’t believe that it has been so long. This year as part of the first...

Leave no one behind in education In today’s blog post I wanted to share some things I have learnt through a UN brief and video about education for girls with disabilities. I also had the chance to contribute to the video through the Commonwealth Children and...

Let’s make inclusion happen!   Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. I hope you all had a great Easter. In this post I want to talk about the need of having inclusion not only at schools but also for after school activities and I will be...

Wear Your Crown for World Down Syndrome Day 21.03.21 Hi all! Today my blog post is dedicated to World Down’s Syndrome Day (WDSD) which is on 21st March. If some of you don’t know, WDSD falls on 21st March like the three copies of Chromosome 21...

The End of a Journey.   This week I received my Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts. Because of Covid19 the course couldn’t finish in June 2020 but only in October. Unfortunately we couldn’t have a proper ceremony but MCAST is planning to do it later....

Anyone can be a disability advocate so let us all hold hands Hello and Happy New Year!! Welcome back to the ‘No Assumptions, Please’ blog. In today’s post I shall be sharing with you some of my experiences from an advocacy course I recently did and...

Let kids learn that we are not so different after all Recently, for World Disability Day on 3rd December, I took part on a panel about friendships for young people with disabilities organised by Malta’s CRPD (Commission for People with Disabilities), University of Malta and Opening...

Opening Doors to the Performing Arts: Difference and Diversity Edited by Jo Butterworth Published by Opening Doors Opening Doors Association, Malta, is an arts organization that provides opportunities for adults (18+) with diverse intellectual needs in the performing arts. In 2018, we published a collection of essays written...

Hi today I would like to say something about friendships. My friends have always been there for me. They help me when I struggle and if I ask them to help me, they will. They are willing to listen to me and help me understand...

Hi, I’m Angela Bettoni and I’m 19 years old. I have Down’s Syndrome but that does not mean that I think about it much because that it is not all who I am. Last year I started Opening Doors. I’m glad that I am going...

Ribbons, balls, tambourines, bean bags, sensory tiles, hula hoops….a bonanza of colour, texture, movement and sound! These are just a few of the resources that Opening Doors has purchased over the last few months as part of its ‘Resource Box’ project, funded by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ’s...

Opening Doors is pleased to announce a full day of workshops on 08th February 2020 at Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, encompassing music, dance and theatre and featuring some of the best practitioners, performers, researchers and academics in the field. To book your place kindly email us on...

Opening Doors is pleased to announce a full day of workshops on 08th February 2020 at Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, encompassing music, dance and theatre and featuring some of the best practitioners, performers, researchers and academics in the field. To book your place kindly email us on...

Opening Doors is pleased to announce a full day of workshops on 08th February 2020 at Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, encompassing music, dance and theatre and featuring some of the best practitioners, performers, researchers and academics in the field. To book your place kindly email us on...

Opening Doors is pleased to announce a full day of workshops on 08th February 2020 at Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, encompassing music, dance and theatre and featuring some of the best practitioners, performers, researchers and academics in the field. To book your place kindly email us on...

A Placement Experience with Opening Doors Shane Shelmerdine   ‘Passionate, inspiring and committed’. These are the words I would use to describe every member of the Opening Doors team! For the last few weeks, I have been supporting the Opening Doors Level 2 Theatre Group, in the run-up...

A Placement Experience with Opening Doors Association.   My name is Shane Shelmerdine and I’m from a small town in the North West of the UK called Horwich, where theatre and performance or the arts aren’t very popular. My aspiration of theatre started rather late in life,...

Last October, Opening Doors Association opened its first performing arts (music) group for adults with intellectual disabilities in Gozo. The six performers in the group have been meeting up every Saturday at the Gozo Visual and Performing Arts School in Xewkija. The group is supported by the Ministry...

NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR OPENING DOORS   P   Ilona Baldacchino has been appointed as the new artistic director of Opening Doors Association - an arts NGO for adults with learning disabilities. Ilona will continue developing the artistic vision and ethos of Opening Doors, following the tenure of Sandra...

Please support us !     Alert, alert! The countdown has begun! Only 3 weeks to go until the Opening Doors performers wow the crowd at the Opening Doors annual show being held at Teatru Salesjan on the 4th and 5th May. This year our two theatre groups, two...

Once again, Opening Doors is being nominated for Best Project in The Community by Arts Council, based on the year 2018. This award is being nominated for Opening Doors annual collective performance which was staged in April 2018 at Salesian Theatre. This production was made up of : A...