category: DaDaFest

October 31, 2006

DaDaFest 2006 - Coming Soon

dada-logo.jpgDaDaFest - the largest UK festival celebrating the work of Disabled and Deaf artists - starts on November 14 2006 and runs until December 12th.

You can now vote online for your favourite artists from the short-lists for the 12 categories
Go to and click on the Dada Fest logo

Comedy highlights of the festival include first-class local comedian Laurence Clark with his new show, ‘Jim Fixed it for me’ at the Arts Centre in Liverpool on 25 November.

New and more outrageous sketches are promised from acclaimed comedy troupe, the Nasty Girls with the help of fresh up and coming disabled female performers at Unity Theatre.

Award-winning delectable boy wonders, Aisle 16 join the festival to perform ‘Poetry Boyband’, an accessible comedy show bringing verse to the unversed in Liverpool on 8 December at Royal Court.

Theatrical highlights include local talent, Brian Wharton with his DaDaFest debut with ‘Footballer’s Boyfriend’ on 6 December along with acclaimed performer, Julie McNamara’s new hit, ‘Pig’s Sister’ at the Alima Centre.

Caroline Parker interprets, translates and signs, telling the stories of songs that have touched a generation of music-lovers in her fabulous new show ‘Signs of a Diva’ at the Unity Theatre on 29 November 2006.

And the cream of international deaf artists provides Liverpool with the biggest Deaf Culture Celebration in the UK on 18 November at Liverpool Playhouse. Acts include the superb Ramesh Meyappen (Singapore) and local favourites Common Ground Signed Theatre Company and Frank Essery plus surprise guests.

November 30, 2005

Arts Prize Saves Work of Disabled Sculptor

The work of a disabled sculptor who died in August will be saved thanks to a prestigious arts award.

Adam Reynolds will be posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at this Thursday's DaDaAwards ceremony

Sculptor Adam died in August 2005, aged just 45. The award will not only recognise the significant contribution that he made to disability arts in the UK, but the £500 prize money will save one of his sculptures from being lost forever. The cash will enable the sculpture to be moved from its present home in Birmingham to Devon, where its future will be secure. Adam's long-time friend Laurie Peake of Liverpool's Biennial arts festival will accept the award on his behalf.

The DaDaAwards, which take place at the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool, are held as part of the deaf and disability arts festival, DaDaFest. The festival, which is now in its fifth year, is co-ordinated by North West Disability Arts Forum (NWDAF), and funded by the Liverpool Culture Company, Arts Council England and the Granada Foundation.

The ceremony will be hosted by Anne Cunningham and Natalie Markham from comedy group, the Nasty Girls, who will be joined by fellow comic Laurence Clark. Musical entertainment will be provided by singer Minika Green, who is set to perform a blues and jazz influenced set.

Ruth Gould, creative director at NWDAF, said: "The fact that the North West has so many deaf and disabled artists worthy of recognition is a credit to the strength of the region's arts scene.

"Over the past five years we have seen DaDaFest develop into a major festival, attracting visitors from across the UK and beyond, and I look forward to continuing to build on this success as we approach European Capital of Culture in 2008."

DaDaFest runs until December 3 2005 at venues across Merseyside.

November 24, 2005

DaDaFest Starts

A musical based on the Thalidomide controversy will open this year's deaf and disability arts festival in Liverpool.

The show takes an uncompromising - and humorous - look at the drug, charting its use from the 1950s to the present day. Written and composed by Mat Fraser, and staring Kate Winslet's sister, Anna, it arrives in Liverpool mid-way through a nationwide tour.

It's just one of the events taking place as part of DaDaFest, which is co-ordinated by North West Disability Arts Forum (NWDAF), and funded by the Liverpool Culture Company, Arts Council England and the Granada Foundation.

The ground-breaking festival celebrates in fifth anniversary this year, with a varied programme that aims to bring deaf and disability art to the forefront of the region's cultural scene.

DaDaFest 5 features a huge range of events and activities, ranging from a deaf culture celebration which offers discounted admission to non-sign language users, to a family fun day at Sefton Park Palm House. NWDAF will also be holding a series of workshops at their office on Bridport Street, allowing participants to sample activities including digital photography and creative writing.

The festival runs from November 24 to December 3 2005 at venues across Merseyside. Full listings follow below. For more information, visit the North West Disability Arts Forum's website: