On Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September, the Ark-t Centre in Cowley centre was alive with creativity and energy for this year’s Roar Inclusive Arts festival.
Hundreds of people from across Oxfordshire came together to make a Roar for disability, diversity, and inclusivity in the arts.
The Young Roarsomes collective, an inclusive group of young disabled and non-disabled activists and creatives worked every week this summer to plan the and many of them were there on the day to host the event. The festival consisted of an exciting and packed-out program of inclusive workshops, well-being and performances, aimed to inspire Oxfordshire’s Disabled Youth in the arts.
Minty Hoyer Millar, Festival coordinator said “this year was better than ever as there were more people and the festival was over 2 days instead of one”.
A volunteer at the festival said ‘It was really great to be a part of ROAR this year. The sense of community and love was overwhelming.’
On Friday, the festival saw young attendees getting stuck into an array of music, dance, drama and art workshops run by local organisations alongside a well-being centre and Henna, hair-styling, and face-painting. Steve Larkin kept everyone entertained over the course of the festival with his Cyc du Soleil Karaoke, on his Cycle Solar Stage, along with devising a stand-up performance piece with the Young Roarsome Collective.
Saturday was a day of performance: highlights included a beautiful Solo dance performance portraying the hidden strength and purity of a woman by Anjali Dance company, and a comedy line-up to end the night on a high: the critically acclaimed Lost Voice Guy and Juliette Burton.