27/11/20 – 03/12/20
Events in poetry, performance and film will all be taking place throughout this year’s DaDaFest with artists from across the globe performing. The theme of Translations threads the myriad events of the 2020 festival together and, as is custom this year, the festival is taking to the web to make it evermore accessible to audiences far and wide.
An international festival celebrating disabled and d/ Deaf arts, DaDaFest takes place every two years. The festival aims to empower, change thinking and bring us together as one collective humanity through the arts.
Poet, activist and spoken word performer AMINA ATIQ will be sharing her experimental play Broken Biscuits: Unheard Voices. Her work will capture and represent the stories of the Yemeni community through the prism of the performer’s own family. With 400 Yemeni-Scouse newsagents across the city, Amina is exploring the unheard stories which began unfolding post WWII when the first wave of Yemeni immigrants came to the city. In Broken Biscuits, Atiq also recalls her interview with her Grandmother, Hayla, drawing upon her experiences as a Yemeni businesswoman and widow raising seven children. Amina’s work orbits themes of identity, culture, history and family roots.
Theatre-maker and Chief Executive of the Creative Diversity Network, DEBORAH WILLIAMS will be giving a keynote talk on The Language Of Disability for the Edward Rushton Lecture, via a webinar session. Deborah began working on politically charged theatre in the mid-1980’s and has since worked in various outreach creative programmes. She has worked in producing equality standards within the arts, such as the British Film Institute Diversity Standards which have been implemented by BAFTA, Film4 and BFI Awards. The event will include a 45 minute lecture followed by a panel discussion chaired by PAULA GARFIELD, Artistic Director at Deafinitely Theatre.
Other talks include an artist discussion between ALEXANDRINA HEMSLEY and ZULEIKA LEBOW following Hemsley’s short film Maelstrom Under Glass. This film explores the intimate landscapes of the body to offer up dynamic spaces of repair. The conversation following on from the film will explore themes within the production such as cycles of creation, collapse and repair.
There will also be discussions from HANA MADNESS and ALEXIS MAXWELL about identity and cultural heritage. This event will blend unique artistic styles including illustrations, animations and sound to explore the barriers presented to ‘mentally disabled’ artists in both Indonesia and the UK.
The festival is packed with events, artists and conversations. An open, welcoming space for all bodies, DadaFest is a remarkable celebration of people, art and our humanity.
Full listings of festival events can be found dadafest.co.uk.