Welcome to the Making History Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival, brought to you with the generous support of Arts Council England, the National Lottery Community Fund and the London Emergency Fund. STILL TO COME / ONLINE NOW
- All events are free, are live-streamed onto the top of this page and to YouTube, and have BSL interpretation and captions.
- Email us if you would like advance information about the access provision.
- If you would like to join in by Zoom, where you can interact with speakers by live chat, click on the links below to book.
- Festival artists will be appearing on Together Unlocked! throughout the Month, which streams from 3-4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with live captions when viewed from this website.
- Recordings of live events are released the next day on the relevant event page (linked from the programme here) and then remain online.
STILL TO COME
Tuesday 1 December 7pm To commemorate World AIDS Day we present Damian Darkness’s Sex & Disability (film) + Vince Laws: A Very Queer Nazi Faust (podcast), with a live introduction by the playwrights in conversation with Festival Director Dr Ju Gosling. Book here. These plays were unable to tour in 2020, so instead we bring you the live recordings from their 2019 premieres.
Wednesday 2 December 3pm Jessica Starns Walk With Me is launched on Together Unlocked! Shielders have been invited to share their special places with Jessica — and later the audience — using Google Street View to go on a virtual walk together.
Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 December 2020 Together! 2020 Disability Film Festival See separate programme.
Tuesday 8 December 7pm Indus: The Sound of the Story. Book here. Whether it’s on film or live, the visuals are only half the story, and the sound is vital for people who are blind or visually impaired. In this practical session, Ruth Mariner and Gestalt Arts present their ongoing work with opera, and explores how live ‘foley’ sound effects and audio-description can heighten the experience for everyone.
Thursday 10 December 7pm End of Festival Party: Book here. Our annual ‘Open Mic’ music, performance and poetry event, including Arts Award presentations and a celebration of the Together! 2020 Poetry Anthology and the Together! 2020 Open Exhibition, takes place online this year.
Opening night tributes to artists we have lost this year included digital and physical Muertos Ofrendas in the tradition of the Mexican Day of the Dead Festival. Callaloo Arts have created a range of inclusive, no-cost resources to enable you to make a Muertos Ofrenda at home in memory of those you have lost.
- Ally Z The Starving Artist
- Justin Edgar Reasonable Adjustment
- Shadowlight Artists Luminous
- Together! 2020 Open Exhibition
WELCOME TO OUR FAMILY ACTIVITIES
Julia Collar & Mainspring Arts: Strings and Things. A suite of six sensory stories and original songs highly relevant to experiences of shielding and lockdown, and explore contrasting concepts such as ‘near and far’ and ‘caged and free’, using the simplest of materials found at home such as string. FAMILY ACTIVITY
Making Fingers and Paper Scruffy Puppets with Hazel Brill. Create a variety of paper finger puppets at home encouraging experimentation and playfulness, from simple puppets to more unusual designs. FAMILY ACTIVITY.
Sahera Khan: The Cockerel and the Fox. Actor, poet and TV presenter Sahera Khan presents her new performance The Cockerel and the Fox from home, and answers questions about her work and career. In BSL with English interpretation, the show also includes the opportunity to learn some Animal Signs. Recorded on 28 November. FAMILY ACTIVITY
WELCOME TO OUR PERFORMANCES
The History Makers: Together! 2020 Festival Opening View the opening night event which took place on 12 November at 7pm, including home-based performances by Baluji Shrivastav OBE, Act Up! Newham, Jo-anne Cox and Sign Dance Collective International, and read the speeches.
Act Up! Newham with Los Inseparables in Chile: I am Toni…Who am I? Explore this multimedia presentation of an international online collaboration, premiered on 24 November.
Return of the Together! 2012 Pop-Up Poetry Café Spend an hour at the Together! 2012 Pop-Up Poetry Café with poets from Survivors’ Poetry and the Together! Pop-Up Poetry Club performing from their own homes. Bring your own food and drink! Recorded on 26 November.