Fusional Fragments - Marc Brew with Dame Evelyn Glennie. Photo Irven Lewis

Disabled and deaf artists show at Paralympic Games

The Unlimited programme represents largest ever series of commissions to disabled and deaf artists


With just a week to go until the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, London 2012 Festival presents a ground-breaking series of commissions by disabled and deaf artists in the Unlimited programme, celebrating heir work on an unprecedented scale across the UK. 

The Unlimited season has grown alongside the games themselves to become the largest programme of its kind, with 29 diverse commissions presented across the UK ranging in art form, including dance, visual arts, music, comedy, circus and theatre. To coincide with the London 2012 Paralympic Games, all 29 commissions will be brought together in London at Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival (30 August – 9 September). 

The programme features 200 artists, including Claire Cunningham, Sue Austin, Garry Robson, Mat Fraser, Marc Brew, Bobby Baker, Candoco Dance Company, David Toole, Caroline Bowditch, Laurence Clark, Simon Allen, Sinéad O’Donnell, The Graeae Theatre Company, DASH Arts, Chris Tally Evans, with international collaborations with artists from Brazil, China, Australia, South Africa, Japan, Germany and Croatia. 

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre, said: “The Paralympics changed sport forever in terms of people’s understanding of the talent of disabled people. Unlimited provides the same platform for Deaf and disabled artists to show the extraordinary talent, range and perseverance necessary to make great work. This is a milestone event for culture not just in the UK but across the world.” You can buy tickets for Unlimited at Southbank's site.