DaDaFest International - 2016

Skin Deep
17 November - 3 December 2016

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Four Words Project


Sometimes silence is not an option.

Arts D’Visions

11 Million Reasons to Dance

11 Million Reasons to Dance is a life affirming photography exhibition inspired by iconic dance scenes from film.

Death Café

A tea party style gathering that encourages discussion, openness and awareness around death and dying in a supportive environment.

Assisted Suicide: The Musical

Disabled activist, actor and comedian Liz Carr has chosen the spectacular world of musical theatre as the backdrop to exploring the complex and controversial subject of assisted suicide

Flying While Fat Animation by Stacy Bias

Focusing on cramped conditions on flights, this animation by Stacy Bias challenges the dehumanisation of fat people.

Fat Activism: A Public Conversation

A duo of discussions centred on fat activism and disability featuring Stacy Bias, Dr Bethan Evans, Liz Carr and Charlotte Cooper.

Rushton Social Justice Lecture

Aligned with Transgender Memorial Day and continuing the rebellious spirit of forgotten hero, Edward Rushton, the annual Social Justice Lecture aims to instigate change and eradicate the barriers many disabled people still face. This event is free but please book by clicking “Buy Tickets”.

Burlesque from Biscuitland presented by Martini Lounge

Since 2007, DaDaFest has teamed up with Millie Dollar, producer of the Martini Lounge to add some burlesque glamour to the festival with DaDaLesque. This year, Millie and co are returning with a bump (and grind) with the larger than ever ‘Burlesque from Biscuitland’. Hosting an array of amazing acts, daring feats, side splitting comedy, and plenty to make you feel hot under the collar.

Mapping Mondays Trail Launch

Join the History of Place team, a national programme exploring deaf and disabled histories, as they launch their Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool trail at the Museum of Liverpool to celebrate Disability History Month 2016.


SWAGGA is dance crafted out of everyday bullshit, strong wills and trembling flesh. SWAGGA is for anyone who is habitually pushed aside, spoken over, ignored, misrecognised and snubbed. SWAGGA unfolds the map, draws the battlelines and readies an arsenal…We are hungry, we don’t know our place and we don’t play nice…

Hidden Stories Tours

Join curator Kay Jones on a tour highlighting objects and representation relating to disabled and Deaf people on display in the Museum of Liverpool.

Balancing Act Tour with Faith Bebbington

Join Faith on a tour of four of the Balancing Act sculpture trail venues as she describes her process and thinking behind this beautiful series of new sculptures.

Literature & Creative Word with Owen Lowery & Cate Jacobs

Established poets, Dr Owen Lowery and Sally Edwards come together for an evening of literature and creative word.

Give Me a Reason to Live

Give Me a Reason to Live is a 40 min solo performance by Glasgow based choreographer Claire Cunningham inspired by the work of medieval Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch and set to a mesmerising sound score by sound artist Zoe Irvine.

Can I Start Again Please

Can I Start Again Please desiccates and dissects childhood trauma via an exploration of Wittgenstein and semantics. What is being investigated is the power and failings of language – language that tells and hide truths – sparring across the the heard and the unheard, the spoken and the unspoken.

Maddy and the Invisible Band of Groovers

Eight year old Maddy longs to be in the school play, but her lack of confidence is holding her back. Sensing her bad mood, Mum sends Maddy to help Grandad unpack. What unfolds is a wondrous story that enthralls Maddy and gives her the spirit to pursue her dreams.

Laurence Clark: Independence

Come and laugh at sh*t Laurence can’t do – guilt-free – in this tale of adolescence, love and Harry Potter as he discovers no man is an island, except the Isle of Mann!

‘Permission to Speak…’ Workshop with Claire Cunningham

A Two day intensive dance workshop led by Claire Cunningham. Full price £50/£25 concession.

DaDaFest Young Leaders Open Meeting

An open meeting for disabled and Deaf young people. We are looking for creative minds and future leaders to work with DaDaFest to make decisions and organise our Young DaDaFest events and DaDaFest International festivals.

Everyday Inspirations: Creative Writing Workshop with Tammy Reynolds

The themes of routine, the everyday and their interruptions will be explored in this writing workshop, catered to experienced and new writers.

DASH Book Launch

DASH Arts launch their new book that aims to show that Disability arts is alive, well and demands recognition and a place within art history.

Scouse of the Rising Sun

Liverpool’s Royal Court Christmas show is back! More gags, more songs and more silliness!

11 Million Reasons to Dance

11 Million Reasons accompanies the exhibition of the same name and is a special commission for Halton, as part of People Dancing’s national programme to positively profile Deaf and disabled people who dance.

Alba by Jo Bannon

Alba explores the stories we tell of ourselves and the stories told about us, the myths we inherit and the ones we embody, the identities we cannot shake off and so instead perform.

Religion and Disability: An Open Meeting

DaDaFest are hosting a multi faith meeting where we are inviting faith leaders from across the city along with community members who are active within a faith to come together in a facilitated conversation to explore perceptions of disability from the perspective of different faiths.

Guide Gods

Using dance, live music, humour and interviews with religious leaders, academics and deaf and disabled people, acclaimed performer Claire Cunningham goes on a perilous quest to explore how the major world faiths view deafness and disability in this witty and illuminating show.

DaDaFest International Congress ~ “All the world’s a stage… But not if you can’t get on it.”

We are delighted to announce our second DaDaFest International Congress. This important two-day event will explore how the arts are delivered from artists and practitioners from across the globe, and how the context within which we operate makes for exhilarating, diverse, disruptive and radical arts work.

itchy and prickly painful by Tabitha Moses

A performed making by Tabitha Moses. A limb-form is pierced by innumerable entomological pins which track and form the spread of psoriasis. Each pin prick is a locus of pain but it is also a venting; a liberation of buried trauma.

Disabled Country Toolkit Launch

The Disabled Country Toolkit is a resource for anyone who works with young people, the toolkit is designed to help young people know more about the context of disability in society.

diRTy by Joey Hateley, The Gender Joker

A perverted psycho-drama, visionary extravaganza and unique multi-disciplinary performance work, diRTy is a raw depiction of the taboos and excesses of humanity.

The Kindness of Strangers by Tim Jeeves

The Kindness of Strangers is an intricate and personal promenade performance piece from Tim Jeeves focusing on the bone marrow transplant he had as a teenager.

“Skin Armour” Workshop with Faith Bebbington

Drop in workshop for the public led by artist Faith Bebbington.

Disability for Dunces by Lost Voice Guy

Lost Voice Guy comes to St Helens to answer your stupid questions in Disability for Dunces. Presented by St Helens Art Service

Cabaret & Open Mic Night

Our popular Cabaret and Open Mic Night returns for 2016!

International Disability Day, Take Over!

To celebrate International Disability Day, DaDaFest will be taking over the Museum of Liverpool with a huge variety of events and workshops to get involved with.

Attitude is Everything Discussion Event

Attitude is Everything will facilitate a workshop and discussion on access provision for visually impaired people at live music events and festivals. This event is free but please do let us know you’re coming by booking via Eventbrite, click “Buy Tickets” to go there.

Amadou & Mariam plus support

The Grammy award-nominated afro-funk duo, bring their magical fusion of pop, blues and Malian music to Liverpool for their only UK tour date of 2016!

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