A night of Disney magic at the Maldron Hotel

A night of Disney themed magic.
A night of Disney themed magic.

Join us for a magical night in the Maldron Hotel Derry, for a Disney themed fundraiser that will have you singing along to those catchy classics.

With performances that would put Lion King’s, Timon and Pumba to shame, it will be a night of fun and energetic performances all on behalf of Aware Defeat Depression and Link Music Academy.

An innovative Derry based company, Link Music Academy, is an organisation where many a local talent, including the Clameens, have a space to develop and grow as musicians. Based on Castle Street, it provides fully functional recording studios, rehearsal rooms with separate rooms for teaching, for those interested in learning how to play drums, guitar, piano, etc. Paddy Danagher, a member of the Link team says; “We want to work with all parts of the community, youth elderly, marginalised, and of course, bring musicians together across the city. The aim to work with a wide variety of clients, linking them with other potential help and resources in Derry, that’s where the ‘Link’ in Link Music comes from.”

The second beneficiary of the night is Aware Defeat Depression. Aware is a not-for-profit organisation that works with people across Northern Ireland who suffer from depression or Bi-Polar Disorder to promote emotional health and wellbeing. They have a network of over 20 support groups, a helpline service and education and training programmes including Mindfulness, Mood Matters, Living Life to The Full and Mental Health First Aid. Depression can be a very isolating illness and Aware’s support groups provide a free space to anyone affected by depression and to their family members and carers. The support groups provide an opportunity to meet others with similar experiences, share information and discuss options and support each other to move forward.

Support Service Coordinator, Caroline McLoughlin says “Our vision is a future where people can talk about their mental health openly, access services appropriate to their needs and have the skills and knowledge to maintain positive mental health.”

Organisations like these play a pivotal part in our community, but recent budget cuts have meant less funding for arts and charitable organisations. Many people across Northern Ireland are out working, collecting and fundraising in a bid to help keep places like Link and Aware continue their amazing work. This is what our Disney night is all about.

Event organiser, Aoife Kenny invites; “All to come and enjoy an enchanting experience. There will be singing, dancing and appearances by some familiar faces. We invite you to dawn your best party clothes of dress to impress as your favourite Disney character. There will be make-up, henna and nail artists there on the night to help enhance the experience in our ‘Pampered Princess’ corner. Being a student myself, I know how important it is too look after your mental health at this level and want to encourage more youth to become active with organisations such as Aware as you need to mind your mental health at any age. Events like this will hopefully contribute toward the amazing work organisations such as Aware provide. The music scene in Derry also holds such significance to so many that we wanted to include Link Music Academy with our event as they have providing that key starting point for so many aspiring musicians.”

North West singing star, Olivia McBride will be there to blow us away with her big voice trapped in a young body. Dance sensation group ‘Ascent’ will also be performing after their triumph at the Northern Ireland Performing Arts Competition not to mention local musical genius Paul Mooney. Our familiar faced princesses, will be there to take you through the line-up which is composed of brilliant local musical talent. There will be prizes for the best costume plus raffle prizes to be won.

To capture the night, we have a team of photographers and videographers, who will also provide a photo opportunity to take home. The red carpet will roll out at 6pm in the main foyer, and performances will begin at 7pm. The night will continue until 11pm with a VIP after party, access for those over 18 years. Ticket prices are £6 for adults and £3 for children, available on the night, with all proceeds going to charity.

For more information see ‘Be Our Guest’ Facebook page.


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