Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival Programme

arTogether! 2012. Making History: Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival. www.together2012.org.uk 11 November - 10 December 2020. Inspired by 2012. A month of accessible Carnival Arts, Drama, Family Activities, Film, Live Art, Music, Poetry, Puppetry, Story Telling, Visual Arts and more, all free and from the comfort of your own home. Including the Together! 2020 Disability Film Festival 3-6 December 2020Making History is brought to you with the generous support of Arts Council England, the National Lottery Community Fund and the London Emergency Fund. All events are free, will be live-streamed from our website and YouTube, and will have BSL interpretation and captions. Recordings will be released the next day and then remain online. 

Tickets will also be released shortly to join in by Zoom, where you will be able to take part in the live discussions with the artists. Zoom tickets will require booking via Eventbrite, but we can provide support as necessary.

Wednesday 11 November 2020 3pm Jessica Starns: Walk With Me launches on the Together Unlocked! live stream. Shielders are invited to share their special places with Jessica — and later the audience — using Google Street View to go on a virtual walk together. Together Unlocked! streams from 3-4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on www.together2012.org.uk with live captions, and Festival artists will be appearing throughout the Month.

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Signdance Company International will be performing at the Festival opening on 11 November in memory of Lionel Macauley.

Thursday 12 November 2020 7pm History Makers: Together! 2020 Festival Opening with Callaloo Arts, Jo-anne Cox, Signdance Collective International and contributions from locally based artists. This year we remember the artists whom we have lost, with commemorative performances and tributes, and the presentation of ‘ofrendas’ created by their friends together with Carnival Arts organisation Callaloo Arts. Our online exhibitions also open — Ally Z’s The Starving Artist; Justin Edgar’s Reasonable Adjustment; and the Together! 2020 Open Exhibition of locally produced work.

Strings and thingsSaturday 14 November 2020 3pm Julia Collar & Mainspring Arts: Strings and Things. Julia Colllar from Collars and Cuffs Co presents a suite of six sensory stories and original songs commissioned by Mainspring Arts, together with downloadable resources to use at home. The stories are highly relevant to experiences of shielding and lockdown, and explore contrasting concepts such as ‘near and far’ and ‘caged and free’, using the simplest of materials found at home such as string. FAMILY ACTIVITY

The Public View of Ally Z’s The Starving Artist exhibition takes place on 17 November.

Tuesday 17 November 7pm ‘Public View’ of Ally Z’s The Starving Artist exhibition. The relationships between contemporary art, artists and eating disorders are put under the spotlight in this event led by Together! 2012 CIC’s Artistic Director Dr Ju Gosling FRSA.

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Gobscure performs Hyena In Petticoats as part of Live Art night on 19 November.

Photograph of a woman standing in front of a jumble of letters

Rebecca Redican plays with words in Delay Six on 19 November.

Photograph of the horse puppet in the street

Alice Darlington shares her puppetry as part of our Family Activities programme on 21 November.

Thursday 19 November 7pm Live Art performance night, featuring performances from Gobscure: Hyena in Petticoats and Rebecca Redican: Delay Six.

Saturday 21 November 3pm Alice Darlington: Horsey Horsey. The premiere of two specially commissioned Bollywood themed puppets in performance, together with full details of how to create these at home. The puppets are based on a children’s bicycle. FAMILY ACTIVITY

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Act Up! Newham present their new work I Am Toni on 26 November.

Tuesday 24 November 7pm Act Up! Newham with Los Inseparables in Chile: I am Toni. This collaborative international multimedia project is presented together with live contributions about the process from the artists involved, and is then launched online.

Thursday 26 November 7pm Survivors Poetry Lounge Together! Survivors’ Poetry hosts a special edition of their ‘Lockdown Lounge’, including guest poets and musicians from the Together! Pop-Up Poetry Club and Music Club.

Saturday 28 November 3pm Sahera Khan: The Cockerel and the Fox Actor, poet and TV presenter Sahera Khan presents her new performance The Cockerel and the Fox, and answers questions from the audience about her work and career. In BSL with English interpretation. FAMILY ACTIVITY

Vince Laws’ A Very Queer Nazi Faust is one of two theatre productions presented on 1 December, World AIDS Day.

Tuesday 1 December 7pm To commemorate World AIDS Day we present Damian Darkness’s Sex & Disability (film) + Vince Laws: A Very Queer Nazi Faust (podcast), with a live introduction by the playwrights in conversation with Festival Director Dr Ju Gosling. These plays were unable to tour in 2020, so instead we bring you the live recordings from their 2019 premieres.

Jessica Starns outside of the National Gallery

Jessica Starns

Wednesday 2 December 3pm Jessica Starns’ walks are released on the Together Unlocked! live stream.

Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 December 2020 Together! 2020 Disability Film Festival (programme released separately on 2 November), including a celebration of Justin Edgar’s Reasonable Adjustment exhibition.

Bethan performs in IndusTuesday 8 December 7pm Indus: The Sound of the Story. Whether it’s on film or live, the visuals are only half the story, and the sound is vital for people who are blind or visually impaired. In this practical session, Ruth Mariner and Gestalt Arts present their ongoing work with opera, and explores how live ‘foley’ sound effects and audio-description can heighten the experience for everyone.

Thursday 10 December 7pm End of Festival Party: our annual ‘Open Mic’ music, performance and poetry event, including Arts Award presentations and a celebration of the Together! 2020 Poetry Anthology and the Together! 2020 Open Exhibition, takes place online this year.

Discover our year-round Join In From Home programme.