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National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival 2016

1:00pm to 6:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST, United Kingdom

A fantastic free summer festival where you can try inclusive sports and enjoy an incredible line-up of Deaf and disability arts.

The Liberty Festival begins at 1pm at the music stage with ‘CollabRio’ presented by The UP! Orchestra of Unlimited Potential and the Embassy of Brazil. This ground breaking music and dance performance, managed by Surrey Arts, brings together around 50 young participants with mixed abilities under the guidance of some of the finest British and Brazilian artists in London and the South East. Not to be missed!

Come and join in the excitement, just four days before the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. See below to download the full NPD-Liberty Festival programme.

See you there!

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National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival Programme Summary

National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival 2016

Saturday 3 September, 1 – 6pm

South Lawn, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Programme summary

Liberty Festival


  • UP! The Orchestra of Unlimited Potential / UP! A Orquestra de Potencial Ilimitado
  • Mind the Gap band, featuring Jez Colborne
  • Kris Halpin
  • Billy Saga and Kid Campwell, in association with Drake Music
  • Hemingway
  • Rockinpaddy, featuring John Kelly
  • Monica Vasoncelos
  • Victoria Oruwari
  • Lizzie Emeh Big Band


  • Short films curated by Together! 2012


  • “Embrace”, Deaf Men Dancing
  • Marc Brew Company’s ‘Uchronia’, presented by Sadler’s Wells
  • The Big Dance Bus featuring Corali and WDSA
  • “Grotteschi”, Touch Compass

Installations and Visual Arts

  • Colourscape, “Symphony of the Senses” featuring Laura Dajao
  • Jason Wilsher Mills
  • James Lake

Poetry and Spoken Word

  • Owen Lowery in collaboration with Gijs van Bon’s “Skryf” (Sand Writer)
  • Jack Dean
  • Cian Binchy (Access All Areas), Madhouse
  • Rowan James
  • Together! 2012 tent (music, poetry, comedy, dance)

Street Theatre and Aerial performance

  • “Nodus Tollens”, Deaf and Hearing Ensemble
  • “Bingo Lingo”, Daryl Beeton and Nicola Miles Wildin
  • “Sailing Through The Dark", Amelia Cavallo
  • “Natural Diversions”, (Together! 2012)


National Paralympic Day

ParalympicsGB Carnival

  • Boccia
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Goalball
  • Para Triathlon
  • Shooting
  • Table tennis
  • Sitting volleyball
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Wheelchair tennis
  • Judo

ParalympicsGB fan zone where you can meet athletes, take photos with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch and more


Come and Try inclusive sports 

  • Athletics
  • Mini golf sessions
  • Football
  • Activity Area (2-3 x static rowing machines; Speed bounces; Mini-hurdles; Bean-bag throws; Balance board)
  • Netball
  • Dance taster sessions
  • Hula hoop Fitness
  • Skip fit
  • Tennis - (mini) taster activity / wheelchair tennis
  • New age kurling
  • All ability bike try-out  - up to 15 bikes for adults and children
  • Boxing

Further details and timings to be available nearer the date. 

Access information

Access information for National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 3 September.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been designed to be as accessible and inclusive as possible.  There are level access routes throughout the park. National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival takes place on the South Lawns which is predominantly a hard standing area, with step-free access.

On the day access facilities will include:

 Audio description headsets are available at Event Information & Access Points.

  • Audio description headsets are available at Event Information & Access Points.
  • BSL interpretation, induction loops and captioning services are available at locations across the event. Also available are roaming personal assistants, interpreters and audio describer.
  • Rest area located on site (south of the South Lawn).
  • Changing Places facilities available at The Podium, next to the ArcelorMittal Orbit. A High Dependency Unit will also be available on site.
  • A spend area for assistance dogs – who are welcome at the event.  

Getting to the Park:

Stratford and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) have some of the best and most accessible public transport links in London.  More information is available on the QEOP website      

The pedestrian route from Stratford Station to the Park is level and over good hardstanding surfaces.  The distance to the Stadium is approximately 1km and takes 15-20 minutes.  Alternatively, there is a public and accessible bus route (388) that runs from Stratford City Bus Station to Westfield Avenue/Waterden Road every 10mins approx. Please do check in advance for any re-routeing on event days.                                 

Dial A Ride Shuttle Service:                                   

A free shuttle service will be provided by TFL Dial A Ride between Stratford Station (Jubilee Line, Platform 13) and the temporary passenger drop off point on Pool Street at the event site. This is intended for disabled customers.  Passengers will need to be members of Dial a Ride (but you can register on the bus during the day).  The service will run between 11:30 and 19:00 on Saturday 3 September.

Blue Badge Parking

For Blue Badge holders who are attending the festival on the south lawn, there will be parking provided at a temporary facility on Pool Street. Pre-booking is advised – please call 0800 0722 110 and quote ‘Blue Badge for National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival’.  

For customers arriving by taxi, a drop off point is located on Pool St. in close proximity to the South Park Lawn.

An accessible buggy service will run between the blue badge parking and Pool Street drop-off and the event site.

Please follow this link for a map and directions to the drop off point and blue badge parking for National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival.

Park Mobility Service:

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park operates a Park Mobility service for Park visitors who require additional mobility support and assistance.  Mobility ‘golf’ buggies will operate on the Park taking customers from the Park’s Information Point to the event. It is not necessary to book the ’golf’ buggy service; these will run a regular shuttle service between the Park Information Point and the event site.

Customers can also hire a mobility scooter or manual wheelchair. Details of the Park Mobility service is available on the Park website

Pre-booking of the Park Mobility equipment is strongly advised and bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis by calling 0800 0722 110. No charges will be made for use of this service at National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival, although users will be required to leave a form of identification.   

If you have any access questions about this event please email: [email protected]  or call 020 8305 1818


Directions to Blue Badge (BB) Parking and Drop-Off

NPD and Liberty Festival Directions

From Waterden Rd and A12 (north) 

  • Come south down Waterden Rd
  • Continue along Waterden Rd as it becomes Westfield Ave
  • Turn right into Montfichet Rd
  • Turn right into Pool St (London Aquatics Centre will be straight ahead)
  • Turn left into the Temp Event BB Parking Area (event stewards will be monitoring this entrance)
  • The accessible Drop Off area is your second left


  • Come south down Waterden Rd
  • Turn right after the Copper Box Arena down Clarnico Lane
  • At the bottom of the hill turn left down Carpenter’s Road
  • At the Aquatics Centre lights, turn right onto Pool Street. Follow the road round to the event parking on the right

From A118 Stratford High Street (South)

  • Heading north Turn left onto Warton Rd
  • Continue round small roundabout onto Montfichet Rd
  • Turn left onto Pool St (London Aquatics Centre will be straight ahead)
  • Turn left again into the Temp Event BB Parking Area (event stewards will be monitoring this entrance)
  • The accessible Drop Off area is your second left

Using Sat-Nav or Online Map

British Sign Language Introduction Video



British Sign Language (BSL) Introduction video

Download the full NPD and Liberty Festival programme

Download the full National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival programme

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