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National Paralympic Day featuring Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival

30 August 2014

This event has already taken place

The Liberty Festival 2014 is returning to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer. Backed by the Mayor, this FREE outdoor event showcases the talents of deaf and disabled artists, and will this year be held in the south of the park.


The exciting line-up includes live music, street theatre, dance, plus film and fun activities for kids.

Liberty Festival is taking place as part of National Paralympic Day, where you can try out a range of FREE community sports, courtesy of the British Paralympic Association, Motivate East and other partners.

To relive the wonder of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and to cheer on Paralympics GB stars as they take on the world in the London Aquatics Centre and Copper Box Arena, in Boccia, Goalball, Swimming and Wheelchair Basketball, you can get tickets for just £5 per person.

Last year’s event was enormously popular, attracting large crowds of people, both disabled and non-disabled.

Don’t miss what’s sure to be a fantastic day out in London’s top new attraction. For information on access at the event, visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website.

Read the full National Paralympic Day and Liberty Programme (PDF) or view the map (PDF).

Watch the Mayor's message about the event:

View our gallery of pictures from last year's event:

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Liberty will be presented in and around the newly opened South Park Plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This year's line-up includes the integrated dance company Moxie Brawl, who will be evoking the spirit of the 1940s; a new duet piece by Deaf Men Dancing; singer Ren Harvieu, acclaimed for her top five album 'Through the Night'; a unique 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 Candy, one of Heart n Soul's rising stars; musical prodigy Derek Paravicini; and Paul Evans and Amelia Cavallo who will present a new collaboration, combining the talents of an aerialist and a visually impaired 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.

Newham based organisation Together 2012! will present a community programme of film and performance; there will be a DJ area curated and presented by Deaf Rave; Children's arts will include Rachel Freeman and Everybody Dance's 'Lovely Bugs', an aerial piece on a dome rig and giant spider's web; Hi-jinx Theatre's 'Snooks Brothers Aquatic', a non-verbal interactive show featuring clown performers and a synchronised swimming routine.

The Big Dance Bus will also be in the park, featuring an MC and content from integrated and youth companies. MCs for the music stage will be Deepa Shastri and Ashley Kendall.

Liberty Festival was awarded a Gold Standard Charter of Best Practice in 2013 by Attitude is Everything in recognition of the continuing commitment shown by the event in improving access for audience and performers. Attitude is Everything works to assist the music industry to understand the requirements of Deaf and disabled people at music venues and festivals. The ethos of the Charter is that Deaf and disabled people should be as independent as they want to be at live music events. Find out more on the Attitude is Everything website.

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