Disability Pride: Skyzdalimit for Mencap
Over 100 people from the learning disability charity Mencap will be joining the first Disability Pride carnival parade through Belfast city centre today (20 September), with Skyzdalimit, one of its local groups, performing live on stage at the City Hall.
Skyzdalimit, a talented performing arts group from Omagh that gives people with a learning disability the opportunity to enhance their skills and confidence through drama, will be performing songs and routines from their Blues Brothers show
Pearce McCloskey, Skyzdalimit artistic director said:
“We perform regularly in Omagh, so it is great to show a wider audience what people with a learning disability can do, which is what Disability Pride is all about. This is an amazing opportunity for us to perform songs and routines from the Blues Brothers and to do it at Disability Pride is fantastic.”
Promoting inclusion and celebrating the valuable contribution made by people with a disability in every day life, this is the first time that Disability Pride has come to Belfast.
Paschal McKeown, Mencap in Northern Ireland’s acting director said she is delighted to be able to take part:
“Being involved in a ‘first’ of any kind is always exciting, and I am so pleased that we have just over 100 people from the Mencap family taking part today. From parents and children from our Segal House Nursery, to Mencap Young Ambassadors and older people with a learning disability from our Link Me project, staff and volunteers, it will be a great day. To have Skyzdalimit perform is the icing on the cake,” she said.
The event takes place from 11 am to 5 pm wiith the parade leaving Writer's Square at 11. Skzdalimit will be on stage from 1.50 pm to 2.15 pm.