Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival

11 November – 10 December – Online
A month of accessible Carnival Arts, Drama, Family Activities, Film, Live Art, Music, Poetry, Puppetry, Storytelling, Visual Arts & more

Full programme:

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.
  • Screenshot of the four hosts on the Together Unlocked! live stream, which incorporates audio-description.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.


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 hereThese plays were unable to tour in 2020, so instead we bring you the live recordings from their 2019 premieres.

Jessica Starns interviewed on Together Unlocked!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.

Bethan performs in IndusTuesday 8 December 7pm Indus: The Sound of the Story. Book hereWhether 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 PartyBook hereOur 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.


Beautifully constructed ofrenda to Geof Armstrong, which has an accompanying sound track on the main page.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.

Screenshot of a digitally created art gallery, viewed as if viewing a model from above.WELCOME TO OUR EXHIBITIONS


Strings and thingsJulia 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

Photo of hands made into puppets.

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.

Head and shoulders shot of Sahera wearing a head covering and surrounded by words spelling out her name and the words Silent MuslimahSahera Khan: The Cockerel and the FoxActor, 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


Gallery view of a group of Disabled people on Zoom saying Black Lives MatterThe 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! NewhamJo-anne Cox and Sign Dance Collective International, and read the speeches.

Photograph of a man standing in front of artwork in a gallery

Photograph of a woman standing in front of a jumble of letters

Live Art Enjoy home-based performances from Gobscure: Hyena in Petticoats (this event page also includes activities to join in with from home) and Rebecca Redican: Delay SixRecorded on 19 November.

Image of a Black woman profiled against a picture and writing on paperAct 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.

Screenshot of the ZoomReturn 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.