National Paralympic Day brings together disability arts and sport at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Liberty, the UK’s biggest disability arts festival on September 7, will mark the 10th anniversary of the event, which is being staged at the Park for the first time.
The free event is aimed at both disabled and non-disabled people and will coincide with the first anniversary of the London 2012 Games.
Organised by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, the British Paralympics Association and the London Legacy Development Corporation, overseeing the Park, it will be another opportunity to experience the Park.
Compered by writer and actor Mat Fraser and John Kelly, lead vocalist from Ian Dury musical ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’, this year’s line-up features award-winning disabled artists and companies, as well as music, film, installations, DJs and children’s activities.
Highlights include ‘The Limbless Knight – A Tale of Rights Reignited’, an immersive aerial and sway pole outdoor production from the award-winning theatre company Graeae.
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Acclaimed choreographer Marc Brew has teamed up with artist Rachel Gadsen to create ‘Cube of Curiosity’, a brand new production commissioned by the Liberty Festival and LLDC, with support from Arts Council England. Also appearing will be the award-winning Candoco Dance Company with their duet ‘Two for C’.
There will be exclusive live performances by Andrea Begley who won BBC One’s The Voice earlier this year, and opera singer Denise Leigh, who performed at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony and has sung around the world since winning Channel 4’s Operatunity.
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The festival will take place exactly ten years since the first Liberty in Trafalgar Square on September 7 in 2003.