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I’m Here, Where Are You? festival of work of disabled artists

Published: 21 April 2019

A new festival showcasing the work of disabled artists takes place at performing arts centre Cambridge Junction on 26 and 27 April.

The two days are packed with events including Jackie Hagan's poetic comedy This Is Not a Safe Space and Jane Carter Woodrow’s darkly comic début play Whack-A-Mole, which follows three generations of women on the autistic spectrum.

Festival producers Liz Counsell and Linda Rocoo said, “we are delighted to be presenting some of our favourite and some of the UK’s most dynamic artists across one weekend. We hope that artists, audiences and other arts professionals see this as a big step forward in the UK arts scene and can relish the opportunities that holding a festival such as this can offer.”

Other events include Conor A’s Learning To Swim On An Ironing Board—a story of living with fibromyalgia, getting better at not getting better and how eavesdropping helped him change how he relates to the world—a poetry reading by former British Judo champion Owen Lowry and a duet between Candoco Dance Company's Joel Brown and former Scottish Ballet principal dancer Eve Mutso.

The programme includes installations, exhibitions, participatory workshops, film and a live podcast recording from BBC Ouch with special guest Jackie Hagan.

BSL interpreters and access assistants will be on hand during the festival, there will be a relaxed space and audio description will be available for selected shows and the art installations, with induction loops and infrared hearing assistance in the public spaces. All areas have step-free access, there are accessible toilets throughout the building and there is Blue Badge parking. Dog-sitting can be prearranged for registered working dogs.

I’m Here, Where Are You? is at Cambridge Junction on 26 and 27 April.

Sandra Giorgetti