Dementia Awareness Week at Grand Opera House

Belfast venue to host specially adapted film screenings and photography workshop in support of UK-wide campaign to further drive towards cure

Belfast's Grand Opera House has programmed a number of events to take place in support of Dementia Awareness Week, which runs UK-wide from May 14 to 20.

During the week the venue's Baby Grand Studio will hold two dementia-friendly film screenings; Calamity Jane, the classic western musical starring Doris Day on Tuesday May 16, followed by acclaimed period drama Brooklyn, which features Saoirse Ronan, on Thursday May 18. 

Dementia-friendly film screenings provide an entertaining and inclusive cinematic experience for those living with dementia, their families and their carers. These screenings are adapted to create a safe and welcoming environment by lowering lights, removing adverts and allowing the audience to move around freely. Theatre staff will also be provided with dementia awareness training to help ensure the best possible experience.

For those with dementia whose passion is for taking pictures there will also be an introductory workshop on digital photography on Wednesday May 17 at 11.00am. The workshop will help develop photography skills with industry professionals offering guidance on how to get the best angles and capture fascinating images.

Supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Awareness Week is aimed at increasing the breadth of understanding around what is becoming the 21st century's biggest killer. By heightening awareness it is hoped that current care methods can be improved and work will move closer towards finding a cure.

To book for any events at the Grand Opera House visit or call 028 9024 1919. Click here to find out more about Dementia Awareness Week and how you can get involved.