Roar Festival supports disabled artists in Oxford

September 10, 2018 by  

Young Oxford-based artists with disabilities have been given a lift by the Roar Festival.

The Roar Festival included sessions in circus skills, which were put on by Extraordinary Bodies. Young people affected by disabilities participated in activities such as hula hooping and juggling. Poster printing in Oxford can add colour to a wide variety of events. Extraordinary Bodies is the result of cooperation between Diverse City and Cirque Bijou. Event organiser Lucy Parker told the Oxford Mail:

“The idea is that it gives the young people a chance to see performers who show them what they can do. I think the popularity of Roar shows how much there was a need for something like it in Oxford.”

Science Oxford brought plenty of activities to the table. The organisation facilitated the teaching of meditation and yoga. This emphasis on wellbeing was accompanied by a focus on fun. The young people were encouraged to get henna tattoos and make slime.

Meanwhile, Sol Samba delivered a class in carnival. Sessions in folk music were also part of the schedule.

Parker obtained help from an assistant Minky Hoyer-Millar, while a director at the centre, Emma O’Shaughnessy, also lent a hand. The Roar Festival was established back in 2015. However, there is now so much for participants to do that the event takes about twice as long as it once did.