Together! 2018 Disability History Month Festival

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

Our annual Disability History Month Festival is the highlight of our year, bringing together locally based, national and international Disabled artists and offering exhibitions, performances, screenings, events and other activities that are FREE and open to everyone. The Festival runs from mid-November for approximately four weeks, and takes place in a range of venues throughout Newham.

Highlights of this year’s Festival will include:

  • Festival Launch and World Premiere of ‘Always Waiting’ Saturday 27 October 12 noon: New street art from locally based Disabled artists with Natural Diversions and guest performers from Canada. Venue tbc.
  • World Premiere of ‘Life’s a Circus’ Friday 23 November 2018 7pm: This new drama, commissioned by us from our associate company Act Up! Newham, examines the Circus 250 anniversary from the perspective of the lived experiences of Disabled people. Venue tbc.
  • ‘VIBE: The Art of Transatlantic Inclusion’ Saturday 1 December 2018 2.30pm: A simultaneous symposium and exhibition with our friends across the Atlantic about our two-year tactile sound project with Concordia University and Disabled artists in Montréal, funded by the British Council in Canada. Venue tbc.
  • The international Together! 2018 Disability Film Festival Friday 7 – Sunday 9 December 2018  – we also offer a two-day workshop for Disabled filmmakers as part of this. At the Old Town Hall Stratford.
  • The annual Together! Open Exhibition, bringing together amateur, community, emerging and mid-career Disabled artists with a local connection.
  • Carnival parade bringing together locally based Disabled artists with Paracarnival.
  • and much, much more – we release the full programme in September.

Act Up! Newham perform in the Together! 2012 CIC tent at the 2017 Liberty Festival