Together! 2017 Disability History Month Festival

Lauren Payne performing the world premiere of her solo Unicorn at our festival launch event on 23 October 2017.

We are delighted to present the sixth annual Together! Disability History Month Festival, showcasing the work of Disabled artists from East London, the UK and across the world. Unless specified below, all events are FREE, are open to everyone and are not ticketed: just turn up. This year for the first time we are joining with Newham Heritage Week, the Newham Word Festival and Museum of London Docklands Maritime Festival to programme events jointly, ensuring that even more people enjoy the Together! 2017 Disability History Month Festival.

Monday 23 October 2017: FESTIVAL LAUNCH EVENT with Anjali Dance Company, currently touring internationally with Genius. 11am: Open Dance Workshop  1.15pm: Join us for a light lunch.2pm: World premiere of Unicorn, a dance solo by Anjali member Lauren Payne and the launch of our Together! 2017 Disability History Month Festival programme. At Vicarage Lane Community Centre (see below for full venue details). Also part of Newham Heritage Week. Missed it? You can watch the video of Lauren’s performance here: https://youtu.be/MpSDQ28CJjs

Join us on Friday 17 December from 6-8pm for the opening event of the Festival, the not-so-private view of prisong, a new visual poetry exhibition by gobscure at East Ham Library, plus a spoken word event with Sean Burn.

Friday 17 November 6-8pm. FESTIVAL OPENING EVENT. Join us for the launch of prisong, a visual poetry exhibition by Newcastle-based artist gobscure that explores words, the labels we use and the power they have. Includes a spoken word performance by Sean Burn followed by a question and answer session. At East Ham Library (see below for full venue details).  Also part of Newham Word Festival. With BSL interpretation.

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 November 12-4pm, performances at 1pm & 3pm: Together! Pop-Up Poetry Café at the Museum of London Docklands Maritime FestivalRead, write and perform poetry inspired by East London’s seafaring history, enjoy three music stages and discover more about our Docklands heritage.

Together! 2012’s Aliens street art act will be coming to Gallions Reach Shopping Park on Saturday 25 November 2017.

Saturday 25 November 12 noon (approx): Aliens street art at Gallions Reach Shopping Park. Enjoy the shopping and look out for unusual visitors. With Natural Diversions.

Friday 1 December 7-9pm: Together! Music Club and Open Exhibition launch. Join us for a festival edition of our monthly Music Club, compered by Ju Gosling aka ju90 with performances from regulars. The Open Exhibition, now in its sixth year, brings together amateur, community, semi-professional and professional disabled artists with a Newham connection and is always a visual feast. At Vicarage Lane Community Centre. With BSL interpretation.

Saturday 2 December 1pm: Paracarnival parade through Stratford Centre to celebrate International Day of Disabled People. Paracarnival bring their unique blend of dance, music and signed song to central Stratford, where you can also pick up bargains from the shops and stalls.

Paracarnival will be parading through Stratford Centre on 2 December 2017 to celebrate International Day of Disabled People.

Sunday 3 December, 4pm & 7pm: The Jingle Book pantomime by Blue Sky Actors. At Stratford Circus. This non-traditional traditional annual pantomime is organised by Stratford Circus and a small charge is made for tickets. For more information see: https://stratford-circus.com/event/the-jingle-book

7 & 8 December 11am-4pm: Tactile filmmaking workshop for Disabled filmmakers with the Together! Photographers & Filmmakers Club. Find out more about our international Vibrations project, funded by the British Council, and experience and learn to use ‘vibrational sound’ for yourself. With BSL interpretation. Contact film@together2012.org.uk / 07973 252751 for further details.

Penny Pepper will be our writer-in-residence this autumn and will be reading her work at the End of Festival party.

8-10 December, 6-8pm (8th); 12-8pm (9th & 10th): Together! 2017 Disability Film Festival. The UK’s only film festival bringing together films by and about disabled people from across impairment groups. The majority of films will be London, UK or World Premieres. At the Old Town Hall Stratford. There will be BSL interpretation for the Saturday lunchtime Vibrations event (12-2pm).

Friday 15 December 7-9pm: End of Festival party with performances including a reading by Penny Pepper, Together! 2012 Writer-in-Residence Celebrate the year, the talents of our artists and the coming holidays and listen to a brand-new piece by punk goddess Penny Pepper. Plus Open Mike compered by Ju Gosling aka ju90., At Vicarage Lane Community Centre. With BSL interpretation.

Thanks to the generous support of Arts Council England and our sponsors.


FESTIVAL VENUES

All venues have step-free access and toilets that meet the minimum legal standard for access. For specific details, see Disabled Go.com 

East Ham Library, 328 Barking Rd, London E6 2RT. 020 3373 0827. Free parking for Blue Badge users. Open 9am-8pm Monday to Saturday; closed Sundays. 

Gallions Reach Shopping Park, 3 Armada Way, Beckton, London E6 7ER. Nearest station: Gallions Reach DLR (fully accessible). Bus routes include: 366, 262 & 101. Large free carpark. Click here for further details.

Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL. Nearest DLR station (fully accessible): West India Quay. For more details visit the Museum website: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/plan-your-visit

Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible). Bus routes include 25, 69, 86, D8, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, 473, N8, N86, 010, A9, 741 & UL1. Blue Badge holders can prebook parking; others are advised to use the (old) Stratford shopping centre carpark.

Stratford Centre, Stratford Broadway, Stratford, London E15 1NG. T: 0208 536 5350. E: info@stratfordshopping.co.uk Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible). Bus routes 257, 69  and 308 stop outside Stratford Circus in Great Eastern Road; 25, 86, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 262, 276, 425, 473, D8 alight at station. Very limited Blue Badge parking nearby; otherwise use the (old) Stratford shopping centre carpark.

Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX. 020 8279 1001. Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible). Bus routes 257, 69  and 308 stop outside Stratford Circus in Great Eastern Road; 25, 86, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 262, 276, 425, 473, D8 alight at station. Very limited Blue Badge parking nearby; otherwise use the (old) Stratford shopping centre carpark.

Vicarage Lane Community Centre, Govier Close, E15 4HW. 0207 420 4986. Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible). Street parking. Click here for venue website.