R&D funding for Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival

Before Christmas we announced the latest round of R&D funding for the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival. We’re delighted to confirm that the two successful projects for this funding are Planted Symphony by Drake Music and Arts and Gardens and Admiral Pullen’s Party by Vital Xposure in collaboration with Access All Areas.

Planted Symphony is an interactive performance where music technology meets nature, and which aims to make Assistive music technology playful, accessible and magical to all.

The Liberty R&D is a wonderful opportunity for Drake Music and Arts and Gardens to collaborate and explore the use of music technology as a tool to engage new audiences within green spaces. It’s a great way to develop new music-led outdoor performances that move beyond a band on a stage. Daryl Beeton, Drake Music

Drake Music is the leading national organisation working in music, disability and technology. www.drakemusic.org www.artsandgardens.org


photo © Christian Sinibaldi

Admiral Pullen’s Party is a promenade theatre piece featuring a giant puppet created from authentic designs by artist, carpenter and Victorian asylum resident John Henry Pullen.

We are absolutely delighted to have received this R&D grant. At last we get to work with Access All Areas and hopefully get to play at Liberty Festival on a much bigger scale, bringing Pullen’s giant puppet to life. Pullen was an extraordinary man, discarded as an ‘idiot’, who was clearly a wonderfully talented artist with a unique imagination. Julie McNamara, Vital Xposure

Vital Xposure is a touring theatre company based in Hackney, East London, operating under the creative leadership of disabled artist Julie McNamara. The company promotes hidden voices with extraordinary stories to tell. www.vitalxposure.co.uk  www.accessallareastheatre.org

More info will follow soon, including exclusive blog posts on these new works as they’re developed. In the meantime, we recommend you follow the companies via social media for the latest news:

@Drake_Music and @artsandgardens

  • explore #PlantedSymphony for the latest photos and videos

@VitalXposure and @AAATheatre

For updates on Liberty Festival 2017 follow @LDN_Gov and @GDIFestival