Thank you to the support of our partners, they allow us to engage with more people and make our work with Disabled and Deaf Artists possible. If you would like to find out more about how you can support our activities click here.

DaDaFest Principal Funding Partners

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    Arts Council England

    The national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from the Government and the National Lottery.

  • Liverpool City Council logo

    Liverpool City Council

    Thanks to the City of Liverpool for its financial support.
  • Festival Funding Partners

    • The Granada Foundation

      The Granada Foundation was established in 1965 to encourage the study and appreciation of the fine arts and sciences and to promote education, with a particular interest in activity in the North West of England

    • PH Holt Foundation

      PH Holt Foundation

      The PH Holt Foundation is an independent grant-maker working to create a better future for the people of Merseyside; funding activities that build flourishing communities and deliver positive change to peoples’ lives.

    • University of Liverpool

      University of Liverpool

      The University of Liverpool is a public university based in the city of Liverpool. The university is one of the great centres of research, knowledge and innovation in the UK.
    • Project Funders & Partners

      • Big Lottery Fund
        Every year the Big Lottery Fund gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. The money goes to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment.

      • Children in Need

        Children in Need is the BBC’s Corporate Charity and provides grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged.

      • Drake Music

        Drake Music breaks down disabling barriers to music through innovative approaches to teaching, learning and making music.

      • Live Music Now

        Live Music Now is a UK-wide initiative, delivering thousands of interactive music programmes in care homes, hospitals and a range of community and healthcare settings.

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        Resonate Music Education Hub

        The Resonate hub will act as a gateway for Liverpool’s young musicians, meaning more than 4,000 Year 4 pupils in Liverpool will now have access to outstanding music opportunities which will impact on their lives and enhance our city.

      • National Foundation for Youth Music

        Music-making is life-changing. Youth Music believes every child should be given the chance to make music.
      • Corporate Supporters

        • Jackson & Canter

          Set up in 1960, QualitySolicitors Jackson & Canter provides quality legal services for local people and beyond regardless of race, colour and creed.
        • Venue Partners

          • Bluecoat


            Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, the Bluecoat showcases talent across visual art, music, dance, live art and literature.
          • The Brindley

            The Brindley Theatre

            The Brindley is owned by Halton Borough Council and is the main centre for arts and entertainment for Runcorn, Widnes and the rest of Halton.
          • Liverpool Parish Church

            Church of our Lady & St. Nicholas

            The Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas is the Anglican parish church of Liverpool. The site is said to have been a place of worship since at least 1257.
          • Invisible Wind Factory

            Invisible Wind Factory

            The Invisible Wind Factory is an arts space and performance venue in Liverpool, from by the team behind the Kazimier
          • John Lewis

            John Lewis

            John Lewis operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK as well as It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.
          • Liverpool Central Library

            Liverpool Central Library

            Liverpool Central Library is the largest of the 22 libraries in Liverpool, situated in the centre of the city.
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            Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

            The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is one of the UK’s most forward-looking music organisations.

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            Museum of Liverpool

            The Museum of Liverpool reflects the city’s global significance through its unique geography, history and culture. Visitors can explore how the port, its people, their creative and sporting history have shaped the city.

          • open eye gallery

            Open Eye Gallery

            Open Eye Gallery works with people to explore photography’s unique ability to connect, to tell stories, to inquire, to reflect on humanity’s past and present, and to celebrate its diversity and creativity.

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            Royal Court Theatre

            Royal Court Liverpool is the friendliest theatre in the city. With pre-show dining and a range of drinks served before and after the show, a trip to The Court is a night of great entertainment.
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            St Helens Libraries Cultural Hubs

            Cultural Hubs is a programme of arts in St Helens Libraries featuring theatre, dance, gigs, poetry readings, workshops, exhibitions and films. Working across the network of 13 libraries in the borough, we offer something for all ages.
          • shopmobility

            Liverpool Shopmobility

            Liverpool Shopmobility service provides freedom and independence to people who have mobility restrictions through the loan or purchase of equipment including manual & electric wheelchairs & electric powered scooters. They provide daily hires or extended hires depending on the request. They can accommodate groups of people visiting the city as well as those living in Liverpool.
          • tate liverpool

            Tate Liverpool

            Tate is an executive non-departmental public body and an exempt charity. Its mission is to increase the public’s enjoyment and understanding of British art from the 16th century to the present day and of international modern and contemporary art.

          • unity

            Unity Theatre

            Liverpool’s small-scale theatre with big ambitions. Their work is challenging, innovative, risky and unusual. Their mission is to increase the quality and quantity of the performing arts available on Merseyside.
          • Programme Partners

            • HOP

              Accentuate History of Place

              History of Place is a nationally important social history programme that charts the lives of deaf and disabled people from the middle ages until the late 20th Century.

            • Africa Oyé

              Africa Oyé

              Africa Oyé, the UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture takes place annually in Liverpool. Beginning in 1992 as a series of small gigs in the city centre, the event has gone from strength to strength, moving to its present Sefton Park home in 2002 to cope with demand.

            • Agent Marketing

              Agent Marketing

              Agent is a full-service marketing agency, based in Liverpool. They develop and grow brands using insight, marketing expertise and inventive collaboration.

            • Attitude is Everything

              Attitude is Everything

              Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.

            • DASH


              DASH is a Disability led visual arts organisation. They work with arts and cultural organisations and individuals regionally and nationally.

            • Death Cafe

              Death Café

              At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Their objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.

            • Homotopia


              Homotopia is an international LGBT festival held annually, featuring a mixture of theatre, dance, film, photography, art, cabaret and debate in Liverpool and across Europe.

            • Individual Graphic Design

              Individual Graphic Design

              Individual Graphic Design is an innovative, creative studio based in Liverpool, founded by two experienced designers who have worked together for over 15 years.

            • INHABIT

              INHABIT – Liverpool Improvisation Collective

              INHABIT is a programme of New Dance for new audiences made possible with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. INHABIT is being presented in partnership with Liverpool Improvisation Collective (LIC).

            • Martini Lounge

              Martini Lounge

              The Martini Lounge is the long-standing burlesque and variety show hosted by professional burlesque performer Millie Dollar and firm regular compère Fred Bear since 2007. The show established a not-to-be-missed status with a devoted audience and continues to attract new fans with every event.

            • MDI

              MDI (Merseyside Dance Initiative)

              MDI is one of the UK’s leading strategic dance agencies, whose mission is “inspiring people through dance”. From their Liverpool base they work with partners to create a healthy and vibrant infrastructure for dance.

            • NML

              National Museums Liverpool

              National Museums Liverpool is a group of museums and galleries. Their collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic.

            • People Dancing

              People Dancing

              People Dancing is ‘the foundation for community dance.’ They are the UK development organisation and membership body for those involved in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance.

            • Project O

              Project O

              Project O (founded 2011) is the performative fruits of conversations between Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small. The collaboration aims to comment on the fallout from being black, mixed and female, making visible positions of otherness so that they will eventually no longer seem ‘other’.

            • Spill festival

              SPILL Festival

              SPILL is an international festival of live art, performance & activism produced by Pacitti Company presenting exceptional work by artists from around the globe.
            • Memberships and Networks

              • COoL

                COoL (Creative Organisations of Liverpool) is a collective comprising of around 35 arts organisations based in Liverpool.

              • SJAM

                Social Justice Alliance for Museums (SJAM)

                The aim of SJAM is to recruit museums and related bodies, and individuals, to sign up to the charter for social justice, and to campaign for and promote best practice.

              • LARC

                DaDaFest is an associate member of LARC.
              • National Disability Arts Collection and Archive logoNDACA (The National Disability Arts Collection and archive)

                Initiative to bring together a public collection of artworks that celebrate Disability Arts and an archive to hold important information relating to Disability Arts.
              • logo in purple with the letters ndcs and 'every deaf child' Me2 /NSCS

                The Me2 campaign’s vision is for young deaf people to be able to participate on equal terms with their hearing peers across a wide range of activities.

              • It’s Liverpool

                Whether you want to live, work visit, invest or study, It’s Liverpool is the best place to start. The official voice of the city.

              • DPULO

                DPULO Network

                The Strengthening Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations programme aims to ensure DPULOs can provide a strong voice for disabled people by being more sustainable.

              • Chamber

                Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

                Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Sefton Chamber of Commerce exist to support the development, growth and sustained economic viability of chamber members and the wider business community of Liverpool City region.

              • investors people

                Investors in People

                Through their respected Standard, business insight and bank of tools and resources, organisations of all shapes and sizes have put their people first – and discovered a brighter business future.

              • investing children

                Investing in Children

                Investing in Children is an organisation that promotes the human rights of children and young people.
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