Thursday 29 November 2012

Together! Festival 2012: A free festival of disability art, culture and human rights

"The Friendly Festival"

There are still places left on this week's free Arts Workshops: Open Poetry with Cooltan Arts (Saturday 1st December 2-5pm at the Garden Cafe). We are also taking bookings for Gary Thomas's two-day low-budget film-making workshops on 5th and 6th December at Durning Hall. To register email or phone 07973 252751. For more information see

Good luck to the 14 people registered on our Poetry course with Cooltan Arts this week! Join us from 6.30pm at the Garden Cafe, 7 Cundy Road, E16 3DJ on Saturday 1st December for what we hope will be the first of many Pop-Up Poetry Cafes run by the participants. 

Registration is still open for the One World conference being organised by the UK Disabled People's Council to celebrate International Day of Disabled People on 3rd December. This takes place from 11am-5pm at St John's Church in Stratford, and includes the UK Premiere of SignDance Collective International's The Other Side of the Coin. Book via UKDPC: 020 8522 7433 or email

Singer-songwriter Marcus Barr has just released his video of Any Old Iron, about life in Canning Town in 2012. This was the highlight of a well-received set at our festival relaunch at the Hub in Canning Town on Wednesday 21st November, and can be found on the Performances section of our website.

Following a highly successful Photography workshop with Ian Farrant last Thursday, we have agreed to launch a Together! Photographers' & Filmmakers' group in the New Year and have already set up a Yahoo group so that people who are interested can stay in touch. The group will be Newham-based but open to all. To join the Yahoo group, email

Our exhibition of work by 45 locally based disabled artists continues at the Hub, 123 Star Lane, London E16 4PZ. We had a great review of the exhibition and last Wednesday's relaunch event from Disability Arts Online.

These are just part of a rich programme of free events being organised by the UK Disabled People’s Council (UKDPC) to celebrate Disability History Month (22nd November to 22nd December), as part of the Together! 2012 festival of Disability Arts, Culture and Human Rights. Other activities include a three-day Film Festival from 7th-9th December; a Local History Day on 11th December; an LGBTea Party with Regard on 16th December; and an end-of-festival Winter Party with entertainment from Mik Scarlet, Penny Pepper, Angry Fish and Marcus Barr on 18th December. For further details, and for updates and late additions to the festival, visit the festival website at
You can also contact the festival crew as follows:
By email:
By text: 07973 252751
By phone: 07973 252751 / 020 8522 7433
By post: UKDPC, Stratford Advice Arcade, 107-109 The Grove, Stratford, London, E15 1HP.

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