This year’s Young DaDaFest comprised of a series of performances designed to showcase the creative achievements of disabled and deaf young people. The event took place on 16 July 2012 at the Black-E and had a mix of music, performance, dance and rap. Performances included: Sandfield Samba Band, MC G, Kewe Fiiru and Diesel Maxx, Mark and Vinnie, Acting Up Group, Clueless, Sandfield Park Singing Group, Redbridge High School Dance Group, Aigburth High School Choir, and Voices of Value.
Review by Michelle Stubbs
Monday, 16th July saw the highlight of the Young DaDa calendar, Young DaDaFest, at the Black-E. The evening showcased the talents of young people between the ages of thirteen and twenty-three in music, performance, dance and rap.
It started with a bang – specifically a ‘Brazilian Bang’- thanks to the drummers and other members of the Sandfield Samba Band. The musical excellence continued, with bands performing hits by Mumford & Sons and The White Stripes between performances by Huyton’s Acting Up group detailing their own version of an Olympic news report and the event’s fantastic compares.
The Olympics was a common topic amongst the remaining acts, with a dance and medleys of songs based on Olympic and Paralympic themes by Redbridge High School Dance Group, Aigburth Choir and Sandfield Park Singing Group. All performers were given feedback from the Young DaDaFest judges, Gary Dunn, Mike McCartney and Ruth Gould.
The night concluded with a performance that united five schools – a Paralympic-themed rap – which was so good that they did it twice!
Well done to all of our amazing performers for making Young DaDaFest 2012 a night to remember!
by Michelle Stubbs
Audience & Performer feedback
“Thank you so much for another great Dada festival. It was clear to see that the atmosphere was in true Dada form and all young people were thoroughly enjoying their selves. The venue was ideal and very well supervised, parking was great and the pre information you provided was very helpful. Having the Dada in July worked well as it provided staff with more day light to get young people home. I only wish we would have had little more notice as we may have been able to bring more of our pupil’s long and have performed an act. Once again thank you for inviting Bank View to such a wonderful occasion. Looking forward to further Dada events.” – Layla Feeney
Young DaDaFest 2012 is made possible by funding from Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services, Riverside Community Engagement Fund, Ravensdale Trust, Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund and Mersey Docks & Harbour Company 500 Fund (Community Foundation for Merseyside). The event is also made possible by raising funding from grants, trusts and donations.
Young DaDaFest 2012 Photographs by Adam Lee and Emma Carus.