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DaDaFest, the International Festival of Disability and Deaf Arts, announces festival's return in summer 2012, themed as TransActions - Fluid Bodies: Shifting Identities

Photo of the facade of The Bluecoat, Liverpool, with a metal sculpture attached to one of the main walls

DaDaFest venue: The Bluecoat, Liverpool

DaDaFest, the International Festival of Disability and Deaf Arts, has announced that the festival is to return in summer 2012, from Friday 13th July – Sunday 2nd September, with events concentrated in the last two weeks of August. The theme for the festival is TransActions - Fluid Bodies: Shifting Identities.

The news comes on the same day that the London 2012 Festival programme has been announced by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. DaDaFest 2012’s Niet Normaal: Difference on Display exhibition forms part of the London 2012 Festival programme.

Based in established arts venues across Liverpool, DaDaFest 2012 will build on the successes of the previous 10 festivals in presenting the very best work by leading disability and deaf artists from across the globe.

With the DaDaFest exhibition ‘Niet Normaal: Difference on Display’ part of the London 2012 Festival programme, the festival will offer a cultural celebration in the North West alongside the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. DaDaFest 2012 will include high-profile collaborations with international artists, further work with young people, development of the festival online and continuation of successful events such as Young DaDaFest and the DaDa Awards.

Events will range from a major international visual arts exhibition, cutting-edge comedy to deaf culture events and leading international musicians, with a programme that will both entertain and present artforms from different cultural perspectives. The Festival’s theme TransActions - Fluid Bodies: Shifting Identities, will look at how disability affects the lives of us all, examining exchanges that occur between people and technology and how our sense of identity is bound up with our changing bodies.

A highlight of DaDaFest 2012 will be Niet Normaal: Difference on Display (translated from Dutch as ‘Not Normal’) which will take place as part of DaDaFest from Fri 13 July – Sun 2 September at Liverpool's Bluecoat. Niet Normaal has been co-curated by Garry Robson and Ine Gevers in partnership with the Bluecoat. An adaptation of a successful Amsterdam-based exhibition. Niet Normaal includes new commissions and an accompanying programme of talks and films posing the questions ‘what is normal and who decides?’. Examining this through art celebrates difference in the Olympic and Paralympic year, in the context of a disability and Deaf arts festival.

Disability Arts and Culture has grown over the past 20 years into a discernibly confident and accomplished artistic movement of expression around experiences of disability. DaDaFest was the first and is now the biggest, most comprehensive and challenging festival of Disability & Deaf Arts in the world.

Ruth Gould, DaDa – Disability and Deaf Arts CEO said:

‘We are really proud of how DaDaFest has grown since its inception in 2001 and the progress it has made for both the Disability and d/Deaf Arts sector and in the mainstream. We are very excited about the programme for DaDaFest 2012, which will bring some really exciting and provocative work to Liverpool.

We are pleased to have achieved this recognition from the Cultural Olympiad for Niet Normaal: Difference on Display. Ine Gevers and Garry Robson are creating a powerful and innovative programme of contemporary artworks’

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DaDaFest 2012
Friday 13th July– Sunday 2nd September 2012
More information will be announced shortly.