Performance takes centre stage at festival
MUSIC and art are the "glue" that holds Irish society together, was the overwhelming message coming from the Irish Performing Arts Festival, which was launched in Cork yesterday. The festival encourages those with intellectual disabilities to showcase their talents.
The festival was founded by the COPE Foundation's Eoin Nash, who said he has been totally taken aback by the interest in the event.
"The arts are a vital channel of expression for us all -- particularly for people with a disability," he said.
Eoin, a music therapist, said the festival aimed to encourage people with disabilities to express themselves through art.
"This event is a testament to the great work that is done at the COPE Foundation," said Junior Minister for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch
The festival runs until tomorrow. Visit www.irishperformingarts.ie for details.