Exceptional performance, dance and visual art from disabled artists from Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 7th September 2014 across Southbank Centre’s indoor and outdoor site, London SE1 8XX
A video dinner party with an alcohol-infused butler, a tender look at Alzheimer’s and family relationships, a frank and funny sex comedy, non-dancers dancing and an exploration of religion’s attitude to disability are all part of the extensive programme at Southbank Centre’s second Unlimited Festival.
Following the outstanding success of Southbank Centre’s first Unlimited Festival, one of the highlights of the Cultural Olympiad in September 2012, the much anticipated second festival will continue to celebrate the artistic vision and originality of disabled artists with an ambitious mix of theatre, dance, music, literature, comedy and visual arts.
Wendy Martin, Head of Performance and Dance at Southbank Centre said: “Over 11 days at Unlimited Festival in 2012 audiences responded to the work of disabled artists with the same enthusiasm that they embraced the Paralympic athletes on the sporting field. Eighteen thousand people attended our programme of free and ticketed events showcasing the talent of disabled artists. Unlimited Festival captures the essence of Southbank Centre’s core belief in the potential of art to change the way we see the world, and I am thrilled to again be presenting such an eclectic range of bold new work that values and celebrates difference.”
For the first week in September, Southbank Centre will be a hub of creativity, showcasing the work of over 100 international disabled dancers, choreographers, theatre makers, cabaret stars, stand-ups, puppeteers, musicians, poets, filmmakers, visual artists, activists and thinkers. The festival includes over 20 performances, 11 exhibitions and installations and a wide ranging programme of talks, debates workshops and free outdoor and indoor activities, including a mass participatory signing and dance to Pharrell Williams’s Happy.
Works presented will include nine commissions from the Unlimited programme, an unprecedented £2.4million, three-year initiative funded by Arts Council England, Spirit of 2012 and Creative Scotland which funds disabled artists to produce work which aims to transform our perception of the world.
Unlimited Festival takes place throughout Southbank Centre, including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and spaces inside and outside Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall is being transformed into a blackbox theatre with all members of the public using the entrance normally used only by disabled members of the audience.