Includes lots of visual art events too.
DaDaFest International 2010 – Objects of Curiosity and Desire Launches Festival Programme
DaDaFest – the UK’s leading and biggest deaf and disability arts festival celebrates its tenth year in 2010. In celebration, disabled and non disabled artists from all over the world will perform and exhibit at DaDaFest International 2010, a two week extravaganza of artistic wonder which showcases and celebrates the best in disability and deaf arts.
DaDaFest International 2010 has taken the theme of ‘Objects of Curiosity and Desire’, which presents art from a unique cultural perspective, challenging and entertaining audiences. What is it that makes people stop and look, what do they find so fascinating, are deaf and disabled people seen as objects of curiosity and desire?
Highlights of the festival include:
• The UK premiere of Heidi Latsky’s GIMP – the New York dance sensation of four disabled and four non disabled dancers combine to create a beautiful dance performance.
• Tanya Raabe creating a live portrait of disability actor and writer Nabil Shaban
• Stelarc, the artist known for having an ear transplanted into his arm in conversation with Liz Carr
• Work from Yinka Shonibare MBE, the artist whose work recently graced Trafalgar Squares Fourth Plinth.
• Old rivals from The Last Choir Standing – The Belfast Open Arts Choir, Sense of Sound and DaDaSings.
• Acclaimed playwright Kaite O’Reilly will be unveiling a sneak preview of her work for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
• David Toole and Lucy Hind perform in Extra-Ordinary .
• Krip-Hop Nation – Leroy Moore and his group of disability Hip Hop artists from the USA and beyond will be performing and holding workshops.
• Mat Fraser – the star of Channel 4’s castaways will be featuring in numerous performances throughout the festival.
Garry Robson, Artistic Director for DaDaFest International 2010 said:
“This year we wanted to take DaDaFest to a whole new realm of creativity, we have secured some truly fantastic artists from all over the world. DaDaFest is here to present the work of deaf and disabled artists, whose work is on a par with mainstream artists. Disabled and deaf people are not simply passive consumers of a tragic destiny but active participants in all areas of life, with a unique and valuable cultural perspective that we plan to share during DaDaFest International 2010.”
For tickets and more information visit www.dadafest2010.co.uk