Watch the world première for Together!2017, the disability arts festival, at Newham

October 22nd, 2017 by Sandy

The disability arts festival Together!2017 is all set to start on 23 October (Monday), with a world première performance. The disability history month festival will run until 15 December, in Stratford and East Ham.

A solo performance by Lauren Payne, a member of the Anjali Dance Company, will portray a woman’s hidden strength and purity. The festival features other disabled performers and highlights include a pop-up poetry cafe at Stratford Circus arts centre, with pantomime and also a visual poetry exhibition.

The festival is organised by the social enterprise Together!. It was formed to create a cultural legacy for Paralympic in 2012. the community interest company also arranges free arts activities for disabled people, in a year-round programme. The company is working to make an international centre of excellence for disability arts out of east London. The 8-week arts festival showcases alongside a film festival, workshops, dance performances and theatre, across various venues.

All are free events, unless specified, open to everyone. The festival line-up includes the festival opening event on 17 November, with a poetry exhibition at East Ham public library, from 6pm to 8pm. The Pop-up Poetry Cafe and performances is on 18 & 19 November, at Docklands Maritime Festival, at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Alien street art is on 25 November, at Gallions Reach Shopping Park.

The Together! Music club’s performance and exhibition is on 1 December, at Vicarage Lane community centre, from 7pm to 9pm. A para-carnival parade on 2 December goes through Stratford. Blue Sky Actors’ The Jingle Book pantomime at Stratford Circus is at 4pm and 7pm. A Filmmaking Workshop for disabled film-makers runs on 7 & 8 December, from 11am to 7pm. The end of festival party is on 15 December, at Vicarage Lane community centre, from 7pm to 9pm with has performances and a reading by Together!2017 writer-in-residence, Penny Pepper.