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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...

Hello! My name is Leonie, I am 18 years old and from Germany and I had the great pleasure of accompanying Opening Doors for 1 ½ months as an intern in the dance department. I didn´t really have any expectations coming to Malta, firstly because...

  2018 is a celebratory year for Opening Doors – We celebrate 10 years of the Opening Doors’ journey so far, 10 years of collaborations, of participations, of tuition and dedication, and performances which have taken us beyond our shores.   Jo Butterworth, President of Opening Doors, has...

(In)Visibility PHOTO//Brian Slater (In) Visibility is a double-bill performance by diverse capacity actors, dancers and musicians from Malta and Wales – Opening Doors’ Ensemble and Draig Tan Productions Ltd. It’s happening at Valletta Campus Theatre on 08 and 09 December 2018. This performance is co-produced by Opening Doors...

OPENING DOORS IS 10 YEARS OLD , AND IT NEEDS YOUR HELP ! Opening Doors have just released a video celebrating 10 years of artistic training for adult performers with a disability. It has already been viewed 17,000 times and counting! But as funds run thin,...

From its small beginnings in April 2008, Opening Doors has, over the last 10 years , expanded its team, its number of participants, rehearsel and performing venues,  but never its mission statement. We make the arts accessible to all – particularly adults with learning differences...

Today we will talk about the Theatre/Drama class Andrea Grancini puts together for the students of Opening Doors. These sessions are held every Monday from 6PM to 8PM at Spazju Kreattiv and are funded by the Arts Council Malta as part of a Cultural Partnership...

I have been involved in the arts from a really young age but what I experienced in one of my first visits to Opening Doors was something new and unique. I have always believed that the performing arts are not a privilege and a talent...

Come join us for a leadership training programme from 10-12 November 2017. You will be able to participate in workshops, demonstrations, lectures and more. If you are interested in this training for social inclusion in the performing arts, apply today  to benefit from our early bird...

Aħdar id-Deżert  – a theatrical performance at Salesians, which happened on 9,10,11 June 2017 has just come to a close.  But its legacy will resonate through Opening Doors’ future projects. It was a huge task ! – combining all the 3 groups – Dance/Theatre/Music together in...

‘Between the 5 and 7 April 2017, Malta hosted an international conference organised by the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education and the Ministry for Education and Employment involved around 180 participants from across Europe. This conference explored ways to raise achievement and...

              Opening Doors was present at the recent Performing Arts Festival 2017. Charlotte Stafrace & Andrea Grancini from Opening Doors contributed to the festival through a presentation about the opportunities we give people with intellectual disabilities through the arts, and the rewards of working in the field. We invited...

    Ilona has been one of Opening Doors’ dance assistants for the last two years. She is also a psychology graduate with a Masters Degree in Performance Studies in Dance and regularly teaches ballet as well dance and movement sessions for children on the disability spectrum. Next...

Opening Doors has recently launched its crowd funding campaign called OUR DREAM TO PERFORM on local Crowd Funding Platform called ZAAR. We’d like to give our talented performers a unique opportunity to train professionally and artistically and to get them on the big stage. We’ve been...

[caption id="attachment_16622" align="alignleft" width="300"] Percussion and Drumming session lead by Luke Baldacchino and Benji Cachi at Ta' Sannat Special Unit and Primary School[/caption] On 13 March, Opening Doors was invited by festival organiser and conductor, Colin Attard, to host percussion workshops at the Ta' Sannat Special...

On the 16th March one of our actors, took part in the filming of a high profile promotional clip for Teatru Malta under the direction of Artistic Director Sean Buhagiar. The role was assigned to Justin Spiteri, a long time performer and member with Opening...

[caption id="attachment_16405" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by: Jeremy De Maria[/caption] Thank you so much for inviting me to view the rehearsal on Monday; I was blown away by so many aspects of the venture and the participants. It is an outstanding achievement to have created such a wonderful piece...

Our latest production was organized by OD Artistic Director, Sandra Mifsud with all our 33 performers. It was held at Spazju Kreattiva in Valletta in December 2016, where we offered Drama, Music and Dance performances, films and photography exhibitions and debates/discussions on ideas to do...

In the last two years we have performed 3 Dance Jams (usually led by Doug Comley) and 3 Music Jams (led by Luke or Benji). We work outside in St Annes Square in Sliema, or in Bugibba, and we invite the public to join us...

Aħdar Id-Deżert, is a new production, a devised work shared amongst a team of 38 people including directors, assistants, volunteers and student members, all having worked together, shared rehearsals and discussed the theme at length since January 2016. The first building blocks began at the...