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Arts festival launch marks 50 days until the Paralympic Games

  • Date: 10 July 2012
  • Area: London
Woman in wheelchair underwater

Susan Austin was awarded an Unlimited Commission for Creating the Spectacle. Credit: photo courtesy of the artist

An arts festival showcasing the work of disabled artists launched today at the Southbank Centre as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Unlimited: the Revelation starts here, which runs 30 August-9 September, celebrates the talent and imagination of Deaf and disabled artists on a scale not seen before in the UK. Bringing together 29 Cultural Olympiad Unlimited commissions, the festival presents new works in dance, performance, visual arts, comedy, circus, music and theatre.

The many highlights include:

  • the world premiere of Marc Brew Company's Fusional Fragments, featuring percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie
  • 12, a large-scale work by Claire Cunningham and Candoco Dance Company with performers from Olympic host countries China, Brazil and the UK
  • Dean Rodney Singers, a digital music collaboration between 72 disabled and non-disabled musicians, singers and dancers from seven countries
  • Creating the Spectacle, a film documenting performances by artist Sue Austin in her self-propelled underwater wheelchair
  • the visual arts exhibition, live performance and film emerging from the Unlimited Global Alchemy commission led by visual artist Rachel Gadsden, who worked with the South African Bambanani artist-activist group

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director, London, Arts Council England, said: 'We are delighted to see so many Unlimited artists coming to the Southbank Centre this September. In our Olympic and Paralympic year, we wanted artists to push for personal bests and deliver the spectacular, and nowhere is this more apparent than with these commissions. We want the Cultural Olympiad to change lives, with Deaf and disabled artists recognised for their creative contribution and life-affirming work, not just in the UK, but the world over.'

Unlimited: the Revelation starts here runs 30 August-9 September 2012, as part of the London 2012 Festival and the finale of Southbank Centre's Festival of the World. You can browse the full line-up and book tickets on the Southbank Centre website.

The Unlimited programme is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and is delivered in partnership between London 2012, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.

Watch Unlimited films now on The Space

You can watch the Push Me Collection, a series of short films about the Unlimited artists pushing themselves to reach unattained goals, on The Space, our free digital arts service developed in partnership with the BBC. 

Find out more about Unlimited and how we are supporting the Cultural Olympiad.