Greenwich+Docklands Festivals and Disability Arts – updates March 2013

Liberty Festival

Liberty FestivalWe are really excited to be planning the delivery of Liberty again for 2013 on behalf of the Greater London Authority. Liberty is the GLA’s annual festival of arts and culture that commissions and showcases work by Deaf and disabled artists. Originally established in 2002, the event has subsequently moved from strength to strength, establishing a key role within London’s annual cultural calendar. We are currently looking at dates and venues for early September so watch this space for confirmation.
Official announcements will happen over the next few months. Join the Mayor of London’s facebook page to be amongst the first to find out when dates, locations and programme highlights will be announced.


Arts & Disability at Qatar UK 2013 in Doha

Qatar UK 2013The first ever arts and disability festival in Doha (Qatar) is currently happening(15-30 March 2013).

Rachel Gadsden with surprise visitors in Doha. Photo by British Council Qatar

Rachel Gadsden with surprise visitors in Doha. Photo by British Council Qatar

Performers from the UK include Claire Cunningham, Mark Brew and Rachel Gadsden; all three have featured at previous GDIFs and Liberty Festivals.

It seems very positive that UK artists are starring on an international stage and that the British Council is pushing forward the legacy of 2012, and in particular the Unlimited commissions (Arts Council England).


The Secret is Out!

EEA - Emergency Exit ArtsBack in November 2012 Emergency Exit Arts held an action day in association with Stratford Circus, Shape Arts and Creative Connection looking at Deaf and disabled artists’ contribution to outdoor arts, particularly in reference to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and opening ceremonies. It was a very interesting and timely intervention and has now been written up by Danny Braverman. For more info please see the links below, do also have a look at Creative Connection’s visual minutes which are a fresh and accessible way to document events.

All the action from the day was captured on EEA’s Storify page.

The Secret’s OUT! – How Deaf and disabled artists working outdoors can build on the successes of 2012 by David Bravermann


 Working as a Fee-paid Disability Member of the First-tier Tribunal

Judicial Appointment CommissionI have seen that they are advertising for people with experience of disability to sit on panels that decide benefit appeal cases.  Is this a good way to earn decent money whilst trying to stick up for disabled people or about getting in bed with the devil and to be avoided at all costs?
The jury is out on this one, no pun intended.

Chas de Swiet
Associate Producer GDIF & Liberty


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