Photography: Gina Czarnecki

DaDaFest International have continued to stake their claim as a vital festival hosting challenging and cutting edge art in the city region. Unveiling their full 2018 programme, organisers have announced a varied roll call of artists, performers and writers operating across a wide range of disciplines.

Joining renowned comedian FRANCESCA MARTINEZ and theatre-maker JESS THOM ,whose shows What The **** Is Normal? and Samuel Beckett’s Not I were announced earlier this year, DaDaFest will be welcoming an array of talent to venues across the region.

Hanging the festival on the theme Passing: What’s your legacy?, visual artists GINA CZARNECKI, SIMON MCKEOWN and MARTIN O’BRIEN will be showing their works at the Liverpool Cathedral and St George’s Hall respectively.

DaDaFest International has a long history of challenging attitudes whilst celebrating disability and D/deaf cultures with high quality programming. Last time around the festival brought the fantastic Malian duo Amadou And Mariam for a show stopping performance at the Philharmonic in 2016, this year they have a broad range of local and international talent to keep their reputation flourishing.

As well as the specially curated DADALESQUE show taking place at Constellations, the team behind EAT ME + PREACH will be performing a new show in partnership with DaDaFest. Both bringing a local flavour to the much-anticipated, sprawling activity through the region.

The programme includes more than 50 exhibitions, performances, talks and workshops all responding to the years theme. Ageing, death and disability as well as the varying nature of journeys will all be explored.

Simon McKeown’s interactive No Passengers features vintage disability cars installed in the iconic venue which will also host Until The Last Breath Is Breathed, a video installation from acclaimed artist Martin O’Brien. A highlight of the festival will be locally based artist Gina Czarnecki’s eco-friendly coffins designed by local and international artists on display in the grounds of Liverpool Cathedral.

DaDaFest will also commemorate the end of the First World War as a key moment for modern recognition of disability as a social construct.

Other venues across the city centre which will be getting involved in this years activity include Royal Court Liverpool, the Bluecoat, Tate Exchange, Constellations, the Unity Theatre and World Museum.

DaDaFest takes places across various venues from 1st November- 8th December

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