University of Leicester eBulletin

University Centre Celebrates Fifth Birthday 

May 2002
No 103

RAC's fifth birthday party
ARTY PARTY: The Lord Mayor of Leicester, RAC staff, students, friends and supporters enjoyed two live performances at the Centre's fifth birthday celebrations

The University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre (RAC) threw open its doors on May 24 to celebrate five years since its official opening by Diana, Princess of Wales on May 27, 1997.

The RAC is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and experiences in the arts to members of the community with and without disabilities. Part of the University's Institute of Lifelong Learning, it is situated on Lancaster Road and welcomes over 500 people through its doors each week.

The fifth birthday party was an opportunity for supporters, friends, students and staff to come together and look forward to the future as well as celebrate the achievements of the last five years.

The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Maggie Bodell-Stagg, was present for this special event and cut the birthday cake.

Taking place between 3.45 and 6.00 pm, the party included the opening of the 2002 student art exhibition, for which every student who has attended classes in painting, drawing or sculpture during the year is invited to submit work. The theme of 'Carnival' was chosen for this year's exhibition, resulting in an array of extremely imaginative and high quality work.

Guests at the party also had the chance to enjoy two live performances, both of them from artists who made their Leicester debuts at the RAC about a year ago and who have returned several times since to much acclaim.

Tina Dixon and Sheagh Broomhall are former members of Anjali, a professional contemporary dance company all of whose members have learning disabilities. Now working independently in their own dance company SO...!, they performed pieces written for them by leading British choreographers Matthew Hawkins and Rosalind Conlon. The dance performance were followed by an appearance from Iranian vocalist Hamid, whose stirring and emotive blend of traditional and contemporary Persian song is fast making him a fixture on the Leicester music scene.

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