World premiere set for Newham disability arts festival Together! 2017

PUBLISHED: 11:41 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 18:50 20 October 2017

Lauren Payne in Unicorn. Picture: Together 2012

Lauren Payne in Unicorn. Picture: Together 2012

Together 2012

A world premiere performance is set to open the Together! 2017 disability history month festival in Stratford and East Ham on Monday.

The Together! 2017 Festival opening in Stratford on Monday, till December. Picture: Together 2012 The Together! 2017 Festival opening in Stratford on Monday, till December. Picture: Together 2012

Unicorn, a solo performance by Anjali Dance Company member Lauren Payne, portrays the hidden strength and purity of a woman.

Other highlights of the festival featuring disabled performers include a visual poetry exhibition, pop-up poetry café and pantomime at Stratford Circus arts centre.

Social enterprise Together!, a community interest company set up in 2012 to create a Paralympic cultural legacy, organises the festival.

It also arranges a year-round programme of free arts activities for disabled people and is working to make east London into an international centre of excellence for disabiity arts.

Coming face to face... at the Together! Festival. Picture: Together 2012 Coming face to face... at the Together! Festival. Picture: Together 2012

Workshops will be held alongside a film festival, theatre and dance performances at the eight-week arts showcase.

Together! 2017 runs from Monday October 23 to Friday December 15 in various venues. Unless specified, all events are free and open to everyone.

Festival line-up

Friday, November 17: Festival opening event with visual poetry exhibition by Newcastle-based artist gobscure, 6-8pm, East Ham public library.

Saturday and Sunday, November 18/19: Together! Pop-Up Poetry café, performances at 1pm and 3pm, Museum of London Docklands Maritime Festival.

Saturday, November 25: Aliens street art, Gallions Reach Shopping Park.

Friday, December 1: Exhibition with performances from the Together! music club. 7-9pm, Vicarage Lane community centre.

Saturday, December 2: Paracarnival parade through Stratford.

Sunday, December 3, 4pm and 7pm: The Jingle Book pantomime by Blue Sky Actors, Stratford Circus.

Thursday and Friday, December 7/8: Filmmaking workshop for disabled filmmakers, 11am-4pm.

Friday, December 8 (6-8pm), Saturday and Sunday December 9/10 (12-8pm) Disability film festival, Old Town Hall Stratford.

Friday, December 15: End of festival party with performances including a reading by Penny Pepper, Together! 2012 Writer-in-residence, 7-9pm, Vicarage Lane community centre.

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