Thursday, 15 November 2007

DADAFest News

DaDaFest Launches 16 November and we have so much going on! The festival is a vibrant mix of poetry, theater, visual arts and music, plus new artists performing in venues in Manchester and Liverpool. There should be something for everybody to enjoy.

Tickets available now for DaDaFeast Gala Award Evening

7pm Thursday 29th December @ The Crowne Plaza

A magical night hosted by celebrities Liz Carr and Gary Robson in honour of the Eight Ward winners. Guest appearance by 'The Heroes' Britains best known inclusive pop group, eat your heart out Simon Cowel. Tickets include celebration meal for this stunning event.

Price: £50 per person Contact: NWDAF

Voting for the DaDaAwards is open until 5pm on Monday 26th Nov 2007. There are 26 artists in 7 categories to vote for. Information about each artist is provided on our website too.

Also, voting for the Young DaDaAwards is open until 9am on Monday 26th Nov 2007. There are 45 works in three categories to vote for, visual arts for over 11s and under 11s, and creative writing.

Listed below are next week's events. Please see the for more information and the programme for rest of the festival.

DaDaLaunch - Rags to Riches
Friday 16 November
Launch: 12 - 2pm FREE EVENT (invite only) Suitable for all ages

Exhibition: 16 November - 19 December

Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm,

Sunday 10.30am - 5pm, closed on Mondays

The Rags to Riches project uses creative recycling in perspective to our changing environments and explores this through photography, collage, mosaic, animation, painting and drawing, 3D work, LS Lowry's work, paper making and textiles to produce innovative, individuals and collective pieces.

Venue: Learning Space, Third Floor, St George's Hall Heritage Centre, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L1 1JJ, (Entrance St John's Lane)

Tel: 0151 225 6909

Tuesday 6 November - 6 December
9am - 5pm FREE EVENT Suitable for all ages

A vibrant exploration of art and creative writing reflecting the views of adults with learning difficulties and how they perceive themselves.

Venue: The Derby Rooms, Turnpike Centre, Leigh, Wigan

Tel: 01942 829321

Bold and Beautiful
Wednesday 16 November - 6 December
5pm - 7pm FREE EVENT Suitable for all ages

Showcasing the work of disabled young people

and their friends.

Venue: Lowton Youth Club, Lowton, Wigan

Tel: 07771633404

Baluji Shrivastav Shadow of the Lotus tour
Saturday 17 November
7.30pm - 9.30pm

Tickets: £8 and £6 concession

Drawing from his new internationally released album Shadow of The Lotus,Baluji will be playing sitar and the rarely heard surbahar (bass sitar) and dilruba (fretted fiddle) to craft a ravishing and utterly fresh performance that will leave audiences enthralled and inspired. A pioneering musician, Baluji continues to innovate and connect with audiences with a warmth, openness and humour, qualities that make him both a sought after soloist and collaborator who has communicated Indian music to an array of artists from Massive Attack to Soul2Soul. Baluji is a performer to be cherished. He is accompanied on tabla by the maestro Partha Mukherjee.


Venue: The Picket Music Venue, 61 Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1 0BW

Tel: 0151 708 6789

Masque Theatre Company
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November
Performances at 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm FREE EVENT Suitable for all ages

Masque Theatre Company was formed in 1987. It is the only full-time theatre company comprised of people with alearning disability in the North West. Specially commissioned by National Museums Liverpool for this year's festival, this performance explores how we see ourselves, each other and everyday objects, it is served up with a tablespoon of subtle humour and a pinch of salt.

Venue: The Atrium, World Museum Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool

Tel: 0151 478 4296

Sunday 18 November
Daytime Debate: 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Tickets: £5 and £4 concession

Evening performance: 7.30pm

Tickets: £8 and £6

Full day pricE: £10 and £8 concession

DaDaFest breaks new ground by exploring issues around sexuality in disability performance. Burlesque is increasing in popularity and many disabled artists are now working in this sector. Our afternoon debate and presentations will be led by the UK's leading disability performers and academics. Featuring Julie McNamara. The evening is hosted by Mat Fraser with performances by stunning Millie Dollar and highly entertaining Diva Hollywood and Amelie Soliel.

Venue: The Picket Music Venue, 61 Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1 0BW

Tel: 0151 708 6789

Open Discussion: Places, Spaces, Objects
Monday 19 November
3pm - 6pm FREE EVENT Event and Seminar

We will be holding an open discussion led by artists Mat Fraser, Alison Jones and facilitated by Kaite O'Reilly. The discussion will explore themes found both within their own work and the Turner Prize installations. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Venue: Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4BB

To book contact Tate Liverpool:

Tel: 0151 702 7400 Fax: 0151 702 7401

Email: Or contact NWDAF

With Open Mic Slot
Monday 19 November
7.30pm Tickets: £4 and £3 concession

Poetry has always featured within the festival and this year is no exception. Hosted by Julie McNamara and Roger Cliffe-Thompson and friends from Dead Good poets will perform and also present poets from the 'Poem 800' project.

Venue: The Picket Music Venue, 61 Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1 0BW

Tel: 0151 708 6789

Dynamic Symmetry
Wednesday 21 November
Private viewing (invite only) 6-8pm FREE EVENT

Exhibition continues til 12 Dec, 9-5pm, Mon - Fri. Suitable for all ages

As an artist with epilepsy, painting provides Gus with a focus and an outlet. This exhibition is composed using 'dynamic symmetry', a system used across time by artists, architects and musicians. It is produced with a combination of computer generated stencils and oil paint.

Venue: Neuro Support Centre, Norton Street , Liverpool, L3 8LR

Website: and

Tel: 0151 298 2999 Fax: 0151 298 2333

Frogtastic Club Nights
Wednesday 21 November Liverpool Night
Wednesday 28 November Manchester Night
7.30 - 11pm All tickets: £4

Inclusive club nights for people with learning difficulties and their friends featuring the fabulous 'Frogtastic' DJ team of Sabrina Whitby and Greg Becket plus the premier performance by 'The Melody Makers' featuring Carly Ryan, Mark Kinsey & Martin Finn also a very special guest appearance by 'The Heroes' one of the UK's best known inclusive pop/rock groups.



Tel: 07946 424 075

Liverpool Venue: The Picket Music Venue, 61 Jordan Street, L1 0BW

Manchester Venue: The Frog and Bucket, Oldham Street, M4 1LJ

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