DaDaFest International 08

An edgy programme has now been unveiled for the UK’s leading Deaf and Disability Arts festival. The action is taking place in Liverpool, with a completely new look festival running from Thu 4 – Sun 7 Sep 2008.

DaDaFest International 2008 has expanded its programme to include artists from around the globe with innovative and experimental work plus the popular classics returning to wow audiences from previous festivals. The festival includes an exhibition by a photographer with no legs who uses a skateboard to get around, beautiful aerial dance pieces using crutches, a learning disabled punk band, a real live mermaid and much more.

Events will centre around The A Foundation on Greenland Street, with some breakaway performances mainly at The Bluecoat; The Picket and St George’s Hall. Now in its eighth year, the festival is run by North West Disability Arts Forum (NWDAF), which has recently moved to The Bluecoat in the city centre of Liverpool. Visitors will also be able to see everything from artworks exploring the idea of normality and irreverent comedy to racy burlesque.

• Ju Gosling – internationally-known artist Ju has explored the ideas of normality in her exhibition Abnormal, showing at A Foundation.
• Kevin Connolly – A photographer who has no legs and uses a skateboard to get around, who has recorded people’s reaction to his impairment.
• Denise Leigh – winner of Channel 4’s Operatunity performs at St George’s Hall with accordion virtuoso Stefan Andrusyschyn.
• DaDaLesque – an edgy burlesque show with world-famous stars like Millie Dollar and Julie Atlas Muz teaching DaDaFest regular Mat Fraser how it’s done, at the Bluecoat.
• Heavyload – A learning disabled punk rock band will take the festival by storm, at The Picket.
• DaDaRave – a hedonistic night of dance and music for Deaf people at the Picket.
• Claire Cunningham – aerial dance takes on a whole new meaning with Claire creating astounding crutch-based performances.
• Oska Bright – A mini film festival and workshop with learning disabled day centre users, at the CUC.

A Foundation – Greenland Street, Liverpool
The Picket – Jamaica Street, Liverpool
Contemporary Urban Centre - Greenland Street, Liverpool
The Bluecoat – School Lane, Liverpool
The Deaf Centre - MSDP, Liverpool
St George’s Hall - Lime Street, Liverpool

A festival pass is available for just £55 (£27.50 concessions) to give ticket-holders access to all four days of action. Alternatively passes can be bought for single days or for individual events.

Call The Bluecoat box office on 0151 702 5324 or visit for further information.

Download the full programme (PDF)
DaDaFest International 08

Event Title: DaDaFest International 08
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Contact Email: The Bluecoat box office 0151 702 5324