UK's groundbreaking showcase of Deaf and disabled artists returns to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as cultural centrepiece of National Paralympic Day
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today revealed details of this year's Liberty Festival, which returns to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 30 August, as part of this year's National Paralympic Day celebrations.
Liberty, which has become the country's foremost showcase of Deaf and disabled artists over the last decade, will once again bring a lively and eclectic line-up of live music, street theatre, dance, film and plenty of fun activities for children and families to enjoy – and all for free.
It will be one of the highlights of a day of sporting and cultural activities taking place in the park to mark National Paralympic Day, presented by the Mayor of London, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the British Paralympic Association. It builds on the success of last year's event - which attracted thousands of people to the park - and the legacy of the London 2012 Games, which were acclaimed for raising the profile of disabled athletes and artists on an international stage.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: 'London is home to some of the finest Deaf and disabled artists and performers in the world and this year's Liberty has something to appeal to everyone. With Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park now transformed and fully open, National Paralympic Day will be even better than last year's successful event.
Whether you are disabled or not, we're putting on a fantastic line-up of top flight sporting action as well as some brilliant arts and performance. It's going to be one of the best events this summer.'
This year's Liberty line-up includes the integrated dance company Moxie Brawl, who will be evoking the spirit of the 1940s; Deaf Men Dancing, whose duet 'Nettle Dance', takes its inspiration from artists Gilbert and George; singer Ren Harvieu, acclaimed for her top five album 'Through the Night'; a special digital music making experience from Heart n Soul; and 'The Gift', an immersive sound installation from Jez Colborne and Mind the Gap.
Other artists and performers include Stop Gap's 'The Awakening', choreographed by Chris Pavia; Louise Rutkowski, who has sung with This Mortal Coil; pop mavericks Paul Hawkins and the Awkward Silences; Kali Perkins and Too Hot for Kandy, one of Heart n Soul's rising start; musical prodigy Derek Paravicini; and Paul Evans and Amelia Cavallo will present a new collaboration, combining the talents of an aerial and vocal specialist and a visually impaired aerial singer.
There will be films curated by Carousel's Oska Bright; artists from the Drake Music Project will play a live electro soundtrack to a sci-fi short film, in association with the BFI; Access all Areas will present 'Eye Queue Hear', an audio-tour performance using headphones adapted for the Olympic Park, a piece that started life on the streets around Brick Lane and East London.
Newham based organisation Together 2012! will present a community programme of film and performances; there will be a DJ area curated and presented by Deaf Rave and Incloodu. There will be a showcase and demonstration of work by mouth and footpainting artists. Children's arts will includeRachel Freeman and Everybody Dance's 'Lovely Bugs', an aerial piece on a dome rig and giant spider's web; Hijinx Theatre's 'Snooks Brothers Aquatic', a non-verbal, but interactive show featuring clown performers and a synchronised swimming routine.
As well as the Liberty Festival, visitors to the park will enjoy a variety of sporting action – to watch and to take part in. Exactly two years to the day since Great Britain won its first medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, sporting superstars, including 10 ParalympicsGB medallists, will return to the water at the London Aquatics Centre for two thrilling sessions of racing.
There will also be top athletes from the three Paralympic sports of Boccia, Goalball and Wheelchair Basketball, who will be in action at the Copper Box Arena. Tickets for these events and for the swimming sessions go on sale today at QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk and will cost just £5 per person. Tickets go on sale from 9am this Friday, 4 July.
There will be lots of opportunities to try out different disability and inclusive sports for free, including wheelchair basketball, inclusive cycling, tennis and boccia. Representatives from community groups and disability sports project Motivate East will be on hand to provide advice about opportunities to take up sports or get involved in the local area. There will even be the chance to meet some of the stars of London 2012.
Presented by the Mayor of London, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the British Paralympic Association, National Paralympic Day featuring the Mayor of London's Liberty Festival is generously supported by The Spirit of London 2012 Trust and Arts Council England.