Skin Deep: DaDaFest International 2016, Liverpool

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This year’s festival, our thirteenth since its inception in 2001, will take place from 17 November to 3 December 2016.

The festival will present high quality and exciting work produced by artists close to our home in Liverpool as well as internationally that will challenge ideals and celebrate disability culture.

An exciting programme of music, dance, live arts, comedy and much more is in the pipeline.

11 Million Reasons Exhibition
6th Oct 2016 – 29th Nov 2016 | All Day – The Brindley
3D Representations of Objects Audio described
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11 Million Reasons is a life affirming photography exhibition inspired by iconic dance scenes from film, all reimagined by Deaf and disabled people who dance. The title of the exhibition reflects the fact there are more than 11 million disabled people in the UK.

Balancing Act Sculpture Trail by Faith Bebbington
17th Nov 2016 – 3rd Dec 2016 | All Day. Various Venues
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Sited in various locations across the city, Faith Bebbington has created a new series of sculptures of figures falling down.

Death Café
17th Nov 2016 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm – The Brink
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A tea party style gathering that encourages discussion, openness and awareness around death and dying in a supportive environment.

Assisted Suicide: The Musical
17/ 18 November (8pm) – Unity Theatre – £10/8 – BSL + AD
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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 in her new show, Assisted Suicide: The Musical.

Flying While Fat Animation by Stacy Bias
19th Nov 2016 – 3rd Dec 2016 | All Day – Various Venues
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Focusing on cramped conditions on flights, this animation by Stacy Bias challenges the dehumanisation of fat people.

Fat Activism: A Public Conversation
19th Nov 2016 | 11:00am – 2:00pm – Unity Theatre
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A duo of discussions centred on fat activism and disability featuring Stacy Bias, Dr Bethan Evans, Liz Carr and Charlotte Cooper.

The Viewing by Martin O’Brien & Sheree Rose
19th Nov 2016 – 20th Nov 2016 | 7:00pm – Bluecoat
Click here for more info. Free Event – Visit In Person or Watch Online
Durational performance, taking place over a 24 hour period. You can visit it live during the Bluecoat’s opening hours or watch online via a free livestream. The event will be partly BSL Interpreted & Audio Described.

Rushton Social Justice Lecture
20th Nov 2016 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Museum of Liverpool
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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.

Burlesque from Biscuitland presented by Martini Lounge
20th Nov 2016 | 8:00pm – 11:30pm – Invisible Wind Factory
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Since 2007, DaDaFest has teamed up with Millie Dollar, producer of the Martini Lounge to add some burlesque glamour to the festival with DaDaLesque.

Mapping Mondays Trail Launch
21st Nov 2016 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm – Museum of Liverpool
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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
21 November (8pm) – Unity Theatre – £10/8 – BSL
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A duet dance crafted out of everyday bullshit, strong wills and trembling flesh. SWAGGA is performed by Charlotte Cooper and Kay Hyatt with music from Verity Susman and Trash Kit.

Hidden Stories Tours
22 Nov 2016 | All Day – Museum of Liverpool
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Join curator Kay Jones on a tour highlighting objects and representation relating to disabled and Deaf people on display in the Museum of Liverpool.
Audio Described Tour: 11am
BSL Interpreted Tour: 2pm

Literature & Creative Word with Owen Lowery & Sally Edwards
23 Nov 2016 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm – Bluecoat – £8/6 – BSL + AD
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Established poets, Dr Owen Lowery and Sally Edwards come together for an evening of literature and creative word.

Give Me a Reason to Live
23 November (8pm) – Unity Theatre – £10/8 – BSL + AD
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Give Me a Reason to Live is a solo performance by Claire Cunningham inspired by the work of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch and set to a mesmerising sound score by Zoe Irvine.

Can I Start Again Please?
24 November (8pm) – Unity Theatre – £10/8 – BSL
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Can I Start Again Please tells parallel narratives in parallel languages (English & BSL) which intersect, diverge & build to create a mesmerising mix of verbal and visual theatre.

Maddy and the Invisible Band of Groovers
25 Nov 2016 | All Day – Bluecoat – £5/3 – BSL + AD
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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
25 & 26 November (8pm) – Unity Theatre – £10/8 – BSL
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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
26th Nov 2016 – 27th Nov 2016 | 11:00am – 5:00pm – Bluecoat – £70/50 – BSL
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A Two day intensive dance workshop led by Claire Cunningham.

DaDaFest Young Leaders Open Meeting
26th Nov 2016 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Museum of Liverpool – BSL/ AD
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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
28 Nov 2016 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm – Bluecoat – Free – BSL/ AD
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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
28th Nov 2016 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Bluecoat – Free – BSL/AD
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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
28th Nov 2016 – 30th Nov 2016 | 8:00pm – Royal Court Theatre – £13-£30 – BSL / AD
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Liverpool’s Royal Court Christmas show is back! More gags, more songs and more silliness!

11 Million Reasons to Dance
29th Nov 2016 | 7:00pm – The Brindley – £5 – AD
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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
29th Nov 2016 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm – Bluecoat- £8/6 – BSL/ AD
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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.

diRTy by Joey Hateley, The Gender Joker
30 Nov 2016 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm – Bluecoat
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A perverted psycho-drama, visionary extravaganza and unique multi-disciplinary performance work, diRTy is a raw depiction of the taboos and excesses of humanity.

Guide Gods
1 Dec 2016 | All Day – Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas
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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.”
1st Dec 2016 – 2nd Dec 2016 | 9:30am – 4:30pm – Museum of Liverpool
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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
1 Dec 2016 | 11:00am – 4:00pm – Tate Liverpool
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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.

The Kindness of Strangers by Tim Jeeves
1 Dec 2016 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm – Bluecoat – BSL + AD
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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.

Disabled Country Toolkit Launch
1 Dec 2016 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Museum of Liverpool – BSL
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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.

‘Skin Armour’ Workshop with Faith Bebbington
1 Dec 2016 – 2nd Dec 2016 | 8:00pm – Tate Liverpool
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Drop in workshop for the public led by artist Faith Bebbington.

Disability for Dunces by Lost Voice Guy
2 Dec 2016 | 7:00pm – St Helens Central Library – BSL
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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
2nd Dec 2016 | 8:00pm – Music Room at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – BSL
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Our popular Cabaret and Open Mic Night returns for 2016!

International Disability Day, Take Over!
3rd Dec 2016 | 11:00am – 4:00pm – Museum of Liverpool – BSL + AD
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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
3 Dec 2016 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Museum of Liverpool – BSL
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Attitude is Everything will facilitate a workshop and discussion on access provision for visually impaired people at live music events and festivals.

Amadou and Mariam
3 December (7:30pm) – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – £19.50 to £28.50 – BSL
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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!