A new eleven-day event has opened to as part of the London 2012 Festival to celebrate the work of disabled and deaf artists.
Running alongside the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the Unlimited session features a total of 29 specially commissioned works that include dance, music, comedy, circus performance and theatre.
The Southbank Centre is the venue for the unique show that is set to be the one of the largest ever events involving disabled and deaf artists.
Around 200 people will take part in the festival including the Graeae Theatre Company, one of the country’s largest theatre company led by disabled performers. The group will perform alongside the Australian-based performing arts company Strange Fruit to present The Garden, a unique aerial performance.
Ruth Mackenzie, director of London 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad, said: “The Unlimited programme is unprecedented, offering more commissioning for disabled and deaf artists than any Cultural Olympiad or festival to date.
“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with world-class artists who have created brilliant work that will inspire and change perceptions when we welcome the world to London during the London 2012 Paralympic Games. I hope this will be one of our most important legacies for future Games and for disabled and deaf artists both in the UK and internationally.”
The Southbank Centre is the world’s largest arts centre and it consists of a number of venues and facilities including the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Saison Poetry Library.
Visitors staying at the Montcalm London Marble Arch Hotel can still book tickets for many of the events and the centre is located close to a number of main London Underground and rail stations.