DaDaFest was set up in 1984 as Arts Integrated Merseyside (AIM) and became North West Disability Arts Forum in 1990. It was pioneering as one of the first disabled-controlled arts organisations and part of the campaign for greater equality and access for disabled people.

Our very first DaDaFest International was back in 2001 and exploded on to the scene with critical acclaim. It also launched the career of Laurence Clark, now a sell-out comedian from Edinburgh. Over the years that would follow, the festival has become increasingly international, raising the bar in quality of art and empowerment amongst the disabled and deaf communities.  

Twenty-eight years after the organisation was first founded, we hosted a landmark festival in 2012. It included a wide programme of events, talks, exhibitions and workshops engaging with over 100,000 people in arts venues across Liverpool.

Young DaDaFest is our annual festival celebrating the work of disabled and deaf artists aged between 12 and 30. Young DaDaFest began in 2002 and so far, there have been 16 productions, the most recent taking place in July 2017.

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