DaDaFest

DaDaFest International 2018

The international festival returns to Liverpool City Region venues this autumn from 1st November to 8th December 2018, showcasing a series of high-quality cutting-edge work which challenges stereotypes and celebrate disability and D/deaf cultures.

Comedian Francesca Martinez, theatre-maker and comedian Jess ThomStop Gap DanceCompany, artists Faith BebbingtonJonathan Griffith, Simon McKeown and Martin O’Brien, and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Fisher are among the 2018 line-up.

They are part of a busy programme that includes more than 50 exhibitions, performances, talks and workshops by both well-known mainstream audience artists and new emerging artists, all responding to the festival’s theme Passing: What’s your legacy?

Artists have been invited to explore the concepts of ageing, death and disability (passing time) and the changing nature of all our journeys and the legacies we leave (passing on).

The festival will also commemorate the end of the First World War as a key moment for modern recognition of disability as a social construct.

Events will be held at a wide range of venues across the city centre and beyond including St George’s Hall, Royal Court Liverpool, the Bluecoat, Tate Exchange, Constellations, the Unity Theatre and World Museum.

Award-winning artist Simon McKeown’s interactive No Passengers vintage disability cars installation will be seen at St George’s Hall from 21 November – 8 December.

And this year DaDaFest is also expanding its geographical reach with a performance by the acclaimed Stop Gap Dance Company taking place at Storyhouse Chester.

Visual art is represented by Gina Czarnecki whose special exhibition of eco-friendly coffins designed by local and national artists Who We Are Now will be staged in the Oratory in the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral from November 1-18.

Unity will host Jonathan Griffith’sRetrospective throughout the festival period, and the artist will take part in special talks at the theatre on November 20 and in Chester Lane Library in St Helens on November 22.

And Martin O’Brien’s video installation Until The Last Breath is Breathed comes to St George’s Hall from November 21 – December 8. He will also be doing a performance lecture at the same venue on 29 November.

Jess Thom showcases Samuel Beckett’s Not I, the story of a woman’s life told at top speed by a disembodied character, ‘Mouth’, at the Bluecoat on November 23-24.The Touretteshero and Battersea Arts Centre production in association with the Albany sees performer Thom reclaiming Mouth as a disabled character.

Meanwhile laugh-out-loud comedy comes from Francesca Martinez (What the **** Is Normal) at the Unity Theatre on November 23 and to Chester Lane Library in St Helens on November 24. Laurence Clark will also be live at the Unity on November 24 with The Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting.

Finally, DaDaFest team up with Action Transport and Unity Theatre for a seasonal show collaboration, for the highly theatrical and bold retelling of the classic family tale – Beauty and the Beast!

Beauty and the Beast shows that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and that everyone’s attitude can, at times, be beastly!

DaDaFest Artistic Director Ruth Gould said: “I’m delighted by the programme we’re presenting during DaDaFest International 2018. We have some fantastic, absorbing and thought-provoking work developed by hugely talented artists working across a wide range of genres, from dance to visual art, music to comedy.

“The theme of this year’s festival, Passing: What’s your legacy? is a great starting point for conversations, both verbal and artistic, and I’m really looking forward to some exhilarating exchanges of thoughts and ideas over the course of DaDaFest International 2018.

“The programme includes moments that affirm, celebrate and inform on the very essence of what it is to live as people who are disabled, Deaf, young, old and the many interactions and happenings that we encounter as we journey through life. We all have stories, we all matter as we all part of the human race.”

See the full programme at www.dadafest.co.uk/events

Follow @DaDaFest on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook #DaDaFest18

 

 

 


 

DAC 2018 Exhibition On The Edge – Theatr Clwyd 13th November – 1st December 2018

We are very excited to host the DAC annual Exhibition at Theatr Clwyd Mold in the coming weeks-  Please join us at the launch event on 14th November 2018 ( 6-8pm)

 

 

 

 

Image ‘On the Edge of Restoration’ – Cerys Knighton

DAC Presents…

On The Edge­_  2018 Open Exhibition

A collection of 27 artworks submitted by DAC members; consisting of D/deaf and disabled artists, or those living with long term physical and/or mental health

Venue: Theatr Clwyd, Mold

13th Nov – 1st Dec

For opening times see www.theatrclwyd.com

Public event Weds 14th Nov 6pm–8pm

 

 

 

 

Exercise For All Wales

The ESRC Festival of Social Science

Saturday 10th November

2.30pm – 5.3opm

Llanishen Leisure Centre, Cardiff CF14 5EB

Free Event

Find out about –

  • Barriers to exercise for the physically disabled in Wales
  • The need for better inclusive fitness in our communities
  • Solutions to allow us to achieve exercise for all

For further information please email: efawales@gmail.com Tel: 07973 421644 or visit the facebook page 

Culture Matters

Power Play

Mair De-Gare Pitt’s new collection of poems, with images by Jill Powell.

We are delighted that Jill Powell’s beautiful images have been included in this new collection of poems. It is published on high quality paper that shows the art work at its very best.

Power Play is available for purchase from Culture Matters. Or directly from Jill, price £8.

Here is an extract from the introduction by Jonathan Edwards –

“From its very first poem, its very first line, this collection focuses on the human and, through its brilliant lyricism, elevates the experiences it describes into something like beauty. The collection understands that the real way to political change is by moving people, by getting hold of their hearts, by writing memorably, and the poems do this again and again. Was there ever a more arresting opening line to a collection of poems than ‘Today I am wearing a child’s afternoon’?

In ‘Society,’ the collection opens out to explore a range of subjects. ‘A Minister of Health’ is a powerful poem of protest which reminded me of some of the political writing of Carol Ann Duffy, while ‘Voices from the Great Flood’ is a fabulously ambitious, multi-voiced poem. The collection concludes with a heartbreaking monologue about Grenfell which again shows this poet’s understanding of the importance of putting people front and centre.

This collection is wonderfully illustrated by Jill Powell, the images and poems now endorsing each other, now opening each other up to new possibilities. It’s a great thing to see a publisher putting together a sequence now of beautifully- written, wonderfully produced pamphlets, which seem to be doing something important and different in British poetry.”

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Rubicon Dance

Dance for Kids with Disabilities

Rubicon Dance

Nora Street, Adamsdown, Cardiff CF24 1ND

A fun and creative session for kids aged 7 – 11 at Rubicon Dance Studios

Wednesdays 4pm – 4:45pm

For more information or to book your free taster session just give us a call

Tel: 029 2049 1477

Email: info@rubicondance.co.uk

https://www.rubicondance.co.uk/young-peoples-classes

Diverse Cymru

Film and Television Diversity – Careers Day

20th November 2018

3:30pm – 7pm

Royal Welsh College Music and Drama, Cardiff CF10 3ER

Are you female, BAME, disabled or LGBT?

A reminder about this excellent opportunity to find out more about a career in film and television.

Including –

  • talks from people working in film and television
  • mini masterclasses
  • practical demonstrations

Featuring information on –

  • paid work in industry and work experience
  • training and apprenticeships

No film and TV experience necessary

Roles include: hairdressers, carpenters/joiners, electricians, accountants and other skills that could be transferred to the film and television industry models.

For more information visit – https://gov.wales/diversityinfilm

 

 

DAC are recruiting for a new Director

 

 

Director

Salary – £36,000 per annum (£30,857 pro rata)

30 Hours per week   (Head office in Cardiff)

Disability Arts Cymru seeks a Director to further develop and implement a comprehensive, and dynamic, artistic strategy for disability arts across Wales.  We believe in…. Opening up access and opportunity, celebrating diversity, nurturing embryonic and established high-calibre disabled practitioners, and inspiring change throughout Wales.

Our vision is a simple one: to make the arts in Wales creative and diverse in equal measure, with disabled and D/deaf people at the very core. 

Closing Date for applications 12 noon November 29th 2018

Interviews – 10th December 2018

 To apply please visit www.richard-newton.co.uk/assignments

or call 029 20 397 341 or email recruitment@richard-newton.co.uk

Dugout – An Amazon Adventure

Presented by Adventure Travel Film Night

November 17 Tachwedd
7pm
£5


A multi award winning documentary film following Benjamin Sadd (a filmmaker) and James Trundle (an artist) as they travel alone through the Ecuadorian Amazon to build a canoe from scratch. The journey builds on their 10-year friendship in this isolated and often challenging environment. Their relationship is tested as they struggle to deal with the conditions and the complexity of the issues that surround this part of the Amazon Rainforest.
 
Mae’r ffilm yn dilyn Benjamin Sadd (gwneuthurwr ffilm) a James Trundle (artist) wrth iddyn nhw deithio i Amazon yr Ecwador i adeiladu canŵ o ddim, yna fynd ar eu pen eu hunain drwy’r goedwig law. Mae’r daith yn adeiladu ar eu degawd o gyfeillgarwch mewn amgylchedd unig a heriol yn aml, gan roi prawf ar eu perthynas wrth iddyn nhw ymdrechu i ddelio gydag amodau a chymhlethdodau y materion sydd ynghlwm â’r rhan yma o Goedwig Law yr Amazon.

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