Together! 2021 Disability History Month Festival

Our Together! 2021 tenth annual Disability History Month Festival is now over, but you can still view our Exhibitions, enjoy our Family Activities and watch recordings of our Events. Links to online versions of films from our international Disability Film Festival are also embedded in the programme pages where available. Scroll down to find all the links.

You can read Artistic Director Dr Ju Gosling’s opening night speech here and view the Opening Event here.




Screenshot of ZoomWatch International dance company Signdance Collective present Oriente Plus/Power Cut (work in progress) on 16 November from Austria, Croatia and East London, followed by a Q & A. Plus a spoken word video performance by the late Lionel M. Macauley. You can also join in from home with the recording of the Signdance workshop on 22 November. DANCE.

ScreenshotHaving a Laugh. New women’s comedy and comic poetry from home took centre stage on 18 November, with Helena Ascough, Cheryl Mclennan and Wendy Young, introduced by Together! 2012 Chair Julie Newman. Watch it again hereCOMEDY / POETRY.

ScreenshotPostcode Stories. On 23 November Act Up! Newham presented new multimedia stories based on their lived experiences of life in East London. You can watch the stories and the Question & Answer session with the company here. DRAMA / STORYTELLING.

Finding Solutions Together! Delivering inclusive festivals and outdoor events in the age of Covid-19. A free conference on Zoom for event organisers, Disability Arts workers and everyone who is interested in improving inclusion (event management students welcome). You can watch the conference sessions hereCONFERENCE.

Hera presents ‘We ask these questions of everybody’, a digital opera reflecting the experiences of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants. The opera is followed by a discussion with some of the cast, chaired by our Artistic director Dr Ju Gosling. MUSIC / OPERA.

Sahera Khan presents No Words, No Safety, a new one-woman show about Deaf and Disabled women and community safety. The event includes a discussion where the audience can join in via Live Chat. In BSL with English interpretation and English captions. Watch it again here. DRAMA.

The Together! 2012 Pop-Up Poetry Café returns, compered by Ju Gosling aka ju90 with an Open Mic. Includes participants from our Sign Poetry workshop with DL Williams on 22 November. Watch it again herePOETRY.

Electric cellist Jo-anne Cox presents her Define Your Journey project from her home studio with a performance and discussion. Watch it again hereMUSIC / CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL.

Angry Fish playing guitarEND OF FESTIVAL PARTY. Live music from Robin Surgeoner aka Angry Fish and some of the musicians who have previously been featured on Together! 2012 CIC’s livestreams. MUSIC / INDIE FOLK.

Official selection Together! 2021 Disability Film FestivalTogether! 2021 Disability Film Festival. Many of the films are still available to watch online, linked from the programme pages. You can also find out who won this year’s Kat Awards, and watch recordings of the lunchtime discussion sessions on ‘Barriers to Work’ and ‘Zoom Films: Stopgap or new art form?’. FILM.

Together! 2021 Disability History Month Festival. 11 November-9 December 2021. A Month of inclusive Dance, Drama, Exhibitions, Family Activities, Films, Poetry and conversations, all free and from the comfort of your own home. Including the international Together! 2021 Disability Film Festival. Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and Arts Council England.