Online Unlimited Festival features work by disabled artists streamed to a worldwide audience for the first time

Southbank Centre has revealed the first digital Unlimited festival programme accessible to a global audience, featuring dance, performance, comedy, film, talks, workshops and art that celebrates the artistic vision of disabled artists over five days on 13-17 January 2021.

33 online events, 32 of which are free, and 16 events available on-demand will all be accessible worldwide. The festival and the Unlimited commissions programme together aim to help embed work by disabled artists across all art forms within the cultural sector, reach new audiences and change perceptions of disabled people.

Born out of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad to coincide with the London Paralympic Games, the biennial festival was last held at the Southbank Centre in 2018, and was delayed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival predominantly showcases works commissioned by Unlimited, an arts commissioning programme and one of Arts Council England’s strategic diversity initiatives, delivered by the disability-led arts organisation Shape Arts and producing organisation Artsadmin.

The Culture Diary will share festival highlights before and during the festival to promote the accessible and diverse arts the UK can excel at and that Unlimited provides.

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