Ordinary Extraordinary Arts Festival starts to ramp up

This weekend 20 young people with learning disabilities came together as the #ordinaryextraordinary young creative team, to work with artists from Farflung Dance Theatre, the Turning Tides Project and the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. They first met participating in creative workshops in Totnes and Torre Abbey over the summer holidays. Together they are preparing to perform at the #ordinaryextraordinary festival, a 2-day inclusive arts festival for disabled and non-disabled young people and their families at Dartington Hall on the 25 and 26 October, 2019.

Since the beginning of the new term Lifeworks Young Leaders have been busy fixing the festival schedule; they are lining up a series of relaxed screenings for the whole family at the Barn Cinema, booking bands from near and far to play at the festival, and constructing a festival with something for everyone. Whether you’re into gaming, music, fantasy play, animation, dance, drama and even film-making there’s something for you and this year we’re running an open mic café at the SPACE. Join us and enjoy scrummy food, listen to fine music and even perform, and maybe (if the weather is nice) watch a hula-hoop workshop happening in the SPACE garden.

This year the #ordinaryextraordinary Seminar in the Great Hall on Sat 26 October is exploring mental well-being and what that looks like for young people with learning disabilities. Come and join Encounters Arts, the Branchline and the #ordinaryextraordinary young creatives, MP Sarah Wollaston, the Mayor of Totnes and the Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and be part of the conversation. Young people, parents, carers and professionals all welcome.

“#Like my happy” OE Young Creative, September 2019


The #ordinaryextraordinary festival 2019

Tickets are cheap and carers go free!! To book on visit go to: Dartington.org ordinary-extraordinary





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