Young DaDaFest 2009 took place in November 2009 at the Contemporary Urban Centre as part of DaDaFest. It was a huge success with over 370 participant’s families and friends having attended. The event comprised of inspiring performances by Disabled/Deaf young people. There were performances by Ashfield Bank View School, Redbridge School, Bank View North School, Craig McDonald and the Liverpool Signing Choir.
The recipient of the Performance Award for 2009 was Redbridge School for ‘Paintings with Partridge’. The recipient of the Creative Writing Award was Sandfield Park School for ‘Heroes and Helicopters’. The Awards were presented by Nico Mirallegro – aka ‘Newt’ from Channel 4’s Hollyoaks and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Mike Storey CBE attended the event.
As part of DaDaFest 2009 we were proud to present an exhibition in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and PhotoVoice. Each piece of work was created by a Disabled/Deaf artist aged 13 to 19.
John Dunbar won the Young DaDaFest Visual Arts Award for his photograph “Sand”. Michael Robinson won the Public Vote Visual Arts Award, voted for by visitors to the exhibition.
“If the ages of the young artists were not included, you would have assumed this was an adult exhibition worthy of the Tate. From just looking at the photographs, masks, reliefs and paintings, it is not hard to see the future is indeed bright for disability arts in Liverpool.” from a review of the Young DaDaFest exhibition, Disability Arts Online, 2009.
Audience & Performer feedback
‘It’s been a great show we have had a great time, my son is thrilled to have taken part.’
This project was funded by Liverpool Council Children’s Fund, Youth Opportunity Fund and the Arts Council England.