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DaDaFest presents: Past, Present and Possibilities

  • Fri, 22 Sep 2017 - Sat, 23 Sep 2017
  • 5.00 PM - 10.30 PM

Based at Bluecoat since 2008, leading UK Deaf and disability arts organisation DaDaFest has worked with us since the 1990s. Collaborative exhibitions include Ann Whitehurst’s On the Map (1994), Senseless (2003), Niet Normaal (2012) and Art of the Lived Experiment (2014), and Bluecoat has hosted many performances and other events during DaDaFest itself. In recognition of this and as part of our tercentenary, this two-day programme will explore Bluecoat’s history with disability arts, revisiting past exhibitions and events through talks, discussions, workshops, an archival display. The story will be brought right up to date with one of DaDaFest’s legendary cabarets and a series of mini performance interventions around the building, taking the theme of ‘Past, Present and Possibilities’.

Image: Ann Whitehurst On the Map, Placing Disability, 1994

Symposium: Disability: Past, Present and Possibilities

Fri 22 Sep 5 – 8pm
Join us for presentations, talks, discussion and debate to explore the impact of disability & Deaf arts on Merseyside and specifically Bluecoat. We will look back and examine the social and political contexts that have led to changes in how Deaf and disabled people, the second largest minority group in the UK, are viewed in society, and also debate how volatile these changes have been and continue to be. We will discuss and share information about the exciting and challenging environment of current disability and Deaf arts, and how it has been informed by the past.  The symposium will also consider the future direction of DaDaFest and disability & Deaf arts at Bluecoat and beyond. Invited speakers include Ruth Gould, Mandy Redvers Row, Ann Whitehurst, Brian Lobel, Mandy Colleran and Young DaDaFest members.

Free, booking essential

Disability Take Over Day
Sat 23 Sep 11am-5pm
DaDaFest Associate Artists take over the building with commissioned performance interventions and workshops led by Faith Bebbington, Tim Jeeves & Catherine Long, Cate Jacobs and Caroline Parker.

For more information about the workshops and to book, click here

Free; drop in. There will also be pre-booked workshops available.

Image: Diva Hollywood, courtesy of DaDaFest

Cabaret/Open Mic Night

Sat 23 Sep 8-10.30 pm 
Have you experienced the wonder of a DaDaFest cabaret/open mic night? Join seasoned performers Caroline Parker, Laurence Clark and Millie Dollar and others as professional and aspiring cabaret performers take to the stage – why not sign up yourself and share your skills?

Tickets £5/£4

For more information about DaDaFest please visit the DaDaFest website.

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