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15 November 2011

Heart and Soul celebrates its 25th anniversary with an out-of-this-world Beautiful Octopus Club at the Southbank Centre

Heart n Soul celebrate 25 years with a The Beautiful Octopus Club at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday 2nd December, 7pm

Established arts organisation Heart and Soul have placed learning disability culture at its heart for twenty-five years. Providing artistic opportunities for those with learning disabilities, they have built a creative space in which artists can explore, express themselves and learn. To celebrate this special milestone, they are hosting their annual Beautiful Octopus Club night at the Royal Festival Hall.

The event will showcase the achievements of the organisation and the artists they have supported over the years, whilst inviting the public to get involved and take part in the creative activities on offer. In keeping with the limitless attitude of the organisation, the theme will be Space and the event is an inclusive and multi-sensory, artistic experience for all.

Performing at the event will be award-winner Lizzie Emeh, the first solo artist with a learning disability to release an album into the mainstream in the UK in 2009. Dean Rodney, a songwriter and member of The Fish Police, will also perform with the group. Dean has been commissioned for Unlimited, the Cultural Olympiad programme which celebrates the artistic achievements of disabled and deaf artists, to create an exciting new piece of work featuring musicians and performers from seven countries across the world, taking Heart n Soul to new heights.

The club will also feature a café stage, where a number of emerging Heart n Soul artists will perform and various participatory zones around the ballroom to allow guests to create their own artwork, meet artists, or even chill-out and have a massage. The night will be hosted by respected TV & film actor/writer Mat Fraser.

About Heart and Soul
Heart n Soul gives thousands of people the chance to join in with the arts, be part of their community, train and work as artists or with other arts professionals. It was founded in 1986 by Mark Williams and Pino Frumiento, to unleash the talents and passions of a marginalised group of artists. The organisation has been at the heart of the disability arts movement since its origins in the 80’s.

Mark and Pino were both granted an MBE for services to Disability Arts in 2010, a marked recognition of the success of Heart and Soul. As the organisation looks forward to the next twenty-five years, they hope to continue influencing the mainstream with their diversity and passion for the arts, showing off the quality and diversity of learning disability culture.

The Beautiful Octopus Club
Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall
Friday 2nd December, 7pm-midnight
www.heartnsoul.co.uk

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