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Liverpool hosts international showcase of disability and Deaf arts

  • Date: 24 November 2010
  • Area: North
Male dancer hanging from red cloth with projected image in background

GIMP, DaDaFest International 2010. Credit: Mark McNulty

DaDaFest, the UK's largest and most diverse disability and Deaf arts festival is celebrating its 10th year with a 15-day extravaganza showcasing cutting edge work by disabled and non-disabled artists from across the world at venues throughout Liverpool.

The festival, which runs until Friday 3 December, is produced by Arts Council England regularly funded organisation, DaDa - Disability and Deaf Arts. From its Liverpool base DaDa has been working as an innovative disability and Deaf arts agency regionally, nationally and internationally since 1984 and was formerly known as NWDAF (North West Disability Arts Forum).

DaDaFest International 2010 is presenting theatre, dance, music, visual art, film, workshops, talks and discussions around the theme of Objects of Curiosity and Desire at venues including the Bluecoat, Tate Liverpool and St George's Hall. Highlights so far include the UK premiere of Heidi Latsky's GIMP - the New York dance sensation featuring four disabled and four non-disabled dancers.

Among the work which can still be experienced are performances by Krip Hop Nation, featuring Hip Hop artists from Uganda, the US and UK; Tanya Raabe creating a live portrait of disabled actor and writer Nabil Shaban; Stelarc, the Greek Australian-based performance artist, famed for having an ear transplanted into his arm, in conversation with Liz Carr, the actor, stand-up comedian, television presenter and international disability rights activist; acclaimed playwright Kaite O'Reilly's sneak preview of her work for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad; and Motion Disabled - An Exhibition of Difference by artist Simon McKeown.

Garry Robson, Artistic Director for DaDaFest International 2010 said: 'This year we wanted to take DaDaFest to a whole new realm of creativity and 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 are sharing during DaDaFest International 2010.'

Julia Keenan, Relationship Manager, Diversity in Arts Practice, Arts Council England added: 'DaDaFest continually innovates and presents us with excellent work that both challenges and entertains. The 2010 International programme gives us a variety of "must see" events at a number of Liverpool venues, in partnership with DadaFest. There are still many "gems" to go and see in this international celebration of disability and Deaf arts.'

For more information about DaDaFest International 2010 visit: www.dadafest2010.co.uk

For more information about DaDa - Disability and Deaf Arts visit: www.dadahello.com