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Photo of percussionist Evelyn Glennie with a drum

Photo of Dame Evelyn Glennie. Photo by Jim Callaghan

DaDaFest 2012 is proud to announce the full programme of events for this year’s festival with an eclectic mix of music, art, comedy, theatre, poetry, performance, workshops and seminars.

Celebrating 11 years as the UK’s leading disability and deaf arts festival, DaDaFest promise this year’s festival will be bolder than ever before, with exclusive collaborations with the London 2012 Festival and from artists as far afield as India, USA and Australia.

The majority of the live programme, together with stimulating seminars and workshops, are happening from the 17 August in venues across Liverpool.

Not to be missed is the DaDaFest 2012 opening event, on 12 July, 7pm onwards, where you can meet with artists and performers, view the Niet Normaal: Difference on Display exhibition  and be entertained with performances from Wirral based band the Beethoven’s, DJ Mark Rowland, musician Rosie Glass, and burlesque queen Millie Dollar.

Ruth Gould, CEO of DaDaFest said:

“As always, our main aim is to showcase the best that disability and deaf arts has to offer, with this year being no exception. The quality of artists we have been able to bring to DaDaFest 2012 just demonstrates how much we have grown as a festival on an international scale and it is a pleasure to be able to bring exclusive London 2012 Festival Unlimited commissions to the festival and the North West.”

Dame Evelyn Glennie
A musical highlight of the festival includes An Evening with Evelyn Glennie, world renowned solo percussionist performing at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 18 August, after a decade long gap since her last performance in the city.

Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion by creating performances of such vitality they almost constitute a new type of performance. The Grammy-winning percussionist and composer became almost completely deaf by the age of 12, but her hearing loss brought her a deeper understanding of and connection to the music she loves.

Niet Normaal
Niet Normaal: Difference on Display, which is a popular phrase in Dutch (literally translated as ‘not normal’ but also meaning ‘cool’), is a major contemporary art exhibition coming to the UK for the first time, at the Bluecoat, Liverpool from 13 July – 2 September as a key feature of DaDaFest 2012, and the London 2012 Festival.

Niet Normaal will feature paintings, installations, films, photographs and sculptures by 26 renowned artists such as Bob and Roberta Smith, Evelien Krijl & Olivia Glebbeek, Bruce Nauman, Christine Borland, Christiaan Bastiaan, Douglas Gordon, Javier Téllez and BirgIt Deiker.  The exhibition will also feature new commissions, including Ben Cove, Aaron Williamson and Laurence Clark with Andrew Tunney.

‘The Ugly Spirit’ from Liverpool based Fittings Multimedia Arts
A new backstage play by Russell Barr combining improvisation and text and is being shown in the Bluecoat on 21 and 22 August. Join David Hoyle in a very private audience with Jessie and Bessie, the famous Siamese twins.

Fittings’ new show takes a brand new play by Russell Barr, mixes in the extraordinary improvisational talents of David Hoyle with the vocal skills of acclaimed soprano Denise Leigh, sets it all in the undiscovered places that lurk behind the scenes and invites a select audience to take a peek into the backstage world of the famous Siamese Sisters Jessie and Bessie.

Aaron Williamson
Internationally acclaimed artist Aaron Williamson will be the DaDaFest 2012 artist in residence at the Walker Art Gallery. During Aaron’s residency, he will be ‘eavesdropping’ on the paintings secretive dialogue to create reworked versions of the paintings, whilst examining the assumption of his supposed ability as a deaf person to overhear and mishear the unvoiced.

Aaron will be the artist in residence from 13 July to 30 September and will be holding talks and tours throughout, and producing a publication.

Benny Prasad
World renowned guitarist Benny Prasad brings his unique acoustic repertoire to DaDaFest 2012; his engaging performance is interspersed with him sharing his life experiences. Born in Bangalore, India, Benny is a remarkable musician who will be performing at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 29 August.

Benny Prasad’s birth was celebrated with the highest hopes for his future, but he developed 60% lung damage and a compromised immune system. This led to him being the shame of his family, but through music he went on to being their pride and now performs internationally.

Comedy at Unity Theatre
Comedy lovers out there will appreciate the three hilarious shows at Liverpool’s unity theatre from four critically acclaimed comedians and performers: Laurence Clark performing his new show ‘Inspired’ on 31st August, one of twenty-nine commissions of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad ‘Unlimited’ programme. Kiruna Stamell with Gareth Berliner, performing ‘A Little Commitment’ on 30th August and David Roche, performing ‘Catholic Erotica’ on 1st September.

Unlimited Global Alchemy
Led by British artist Rachel Gadsden, Unlimited Global Alchemy explores the psychology and politics of HIV/AIDS and of life-giving medical regimes and is part of the London 2012 Unlimited Cultural Olympiad programme, in partnership with South African artist and activist Nondumiso Hlwele and The Bambanai Womens Group.

A special screening of short films will be shown on 30 August, featuring Gadsden and the Bambanani Group, shot on location in Cape Town will be shown at DaDaFest 2012, followed by a talk with the artists.

Disability Arts and Culture has grown over the last 30 years into a discernibly confident and accomplished artistic movement of expression around experiences of disability. DaDaFest was the first and is now the most comprehensive and challenging festival of Disability & Deaf Arts in the world.

A little about DaDaFest
DaDaFest is an innovative disability arts organisation based in Liverpool.  Working to the Social Model of Disability and aiming towards an inclusive social understanding of disability, DaDaFest delivers a biennial festival and other arts events to promote high quality disability and deaf arts from a unique cultural perspective.

It also produces opportunities for disabled and deaf people to access the arts, including training and a young people’s programme. DaDaFest is firmly rooted in Liverpool but works throughout the North West and United Kingdom as well as internationally.

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