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Liberty Festival

1:30pm to 6:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST, United Kingdom
Free - no ticket needed

Liberty Festival celebrates its fifteenth anniversary and returns for a fifth year to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as London welcomes a summer of world athletics.

This year’s amazing line-up has something for everyone, with accessible art, music, circus, dance, street arts and spectacle.

Discover a forgotten story with Admiral Pullen’s Party, compose your own soundtrack with interactive Planted Symphony and check out the extraordinary skills of international breakdance crew ILL-Abilities. There’s a packed programme from local disability arts champions Together! 2012 plus plenty of opportunities to take part in arts workshops throughout the day. Enjoy!

If you fancy getting active, you can have a go at lots of different inclusive sports throughout the day. All ages and abilities can come and try wheelchair basketball, inclusive cycling, boccia, dance, New Age Kurling, Parkour, wallball, golf and sitting volleyball.

Enjoy a free summer day out with an incredible line up of Deaf and disability arts plus a range of sports. Highlights include:

Highlights on the day include:

  • Admiral Pullen's Party - This large scale celebratory arts project created by Vital Xposure recalls the story of historic figure, John Henry Pullen, with workshops, a performance and a parade featuring a giant John Henry Pullen puppet.
  • Planted Symphony - Drake Music and Arts and Gardens will perform  with two musicians in character who bring the garden to life with music!
  • ILL-Abilities - an international group comprised of B-boys that have overcome extraordinary challenges to become some of the best dancers in the world.
  • Deaf Men Dancing - a collaboration of professional male deaf dancers who have created and developed a fusion of different styles of dance with sign-language incorporated into choreography.
  • Signmark - a Finnish Deaf rapper.
  • Calliper Kid Totem- Digital artist, Jason Wilsher Mills, will present a new 3D printed sculpture and associated virtual reality installations, recently commissioned as part of the 2017 Disability Innovation Summit.
  • WAC Arts - Young people from WAC Arts present a fantastic dance performance accompanied by digital orchestra.
  • 2 Decks - This hip-hop/rock crossover band have taken the UK learning disability music scene by storm! All of the members have a learning disability and are keen to prove that this represents little barrier when it comes to rocking out and showing the crowd a good time.

Bring a picnic or treat yourself to tasty food from our range of street food stalls!

For an even bigger day out, grab a ticket to the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 in the London Stadium and have twice the fun!

Find out more about what’s on and access facilities on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website.

Download the Liberty Festival 2017 programme or listen to an audio version of the programme.

Download a Liberty Festival 2017 photo guide

Liberty Festival is presented by the Mayor of London and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Supported by:

ACE lottery funded logo
Tfl logo
Unison logo

Liberty 2018 - Research & Development Open Call

The Mayor of London's Liberty Festival is committed to supporting new outdoor arts productions led by Deaf and disabled artists working across a variety of art forms. Following support from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts Programme we are delighted to announce a new round of research and development awards for Deaf and disabled artists wishing to develop new ideas for outdoor arts productions.

To apply for a R&D commission please read the Liberty 2018 R&D Call Out document and fill in this application form before emailing to [email protected].


Community and Information Stalls

You can visit a range of arts and community stalls to take part in various workshops and activities, while finding out more about what they do:

  • Shape Arts
  • WAC Arts
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • Motivate East
  • Together! 2012
  • Whizz-Kidz
  • Artsline
  • Attitude Is Everything
  • Transport for London
  • Unison
  • Thrive London
  • Regard
  • Redbridge Carers Support Service

Images from Liberty 2017

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