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What? Handicapped? Disabled? Not Me Just Artistic
The Southbank Centre is currently running the Unlimited Festival to coincide with the London 2012 Paralympics. The Festival is a celebration of disability, culture, arts and sport demonstrated through dance, theatre, music and live and visual arts.

The events include Joel Simon's Macropolis, a short animated film using real world locations and featuring escaped misshapen toys looking for a new life among humans.

Macropolis (picture courtesy of

Dash Arts M-21: disabled artists will be exploring what it means to be alive in the 21st century.

Paul Cummins: The English Flower Garden at the Southbank Centre; a typical English garden decorated with 15,000 hand-thrown ceramic flowers.

English Flower Garden
English Flower Garden (pictures courtesy of

Sue Austin: Creating the Spectacle at Southbank Centre; an astonishing spectacle featuring Sue in her underwater self-propelled wheelchair.

Sue Austin
Sue Austin (picture courtesy of the Unlimited Festival website)

Maurice Orr: The Screaming Silence of the Wind; installations inspired by Orr's Northern Irish landscapes.

Maurice Orr Landscape
Maurice Orr Landscape (picture courtesy of

Lawnmowers Boomba Down the Tyne: a theatrical extravaganza of music and dance co-performed by artists from the North East of Brazil and the North East of England in a fusion of both cultures.

There are loads more things on offer, some of them only running for one day, others running the length of the Festival. Check out the website to see what tickles your fancy. Many events are free as an added bonus.

Unlimited Festival runs alongside the Festival of the World at the Southbank Centre.
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Why? To enjoy the contribution made to the arts by people with disabilities and to be aware that these handicaps don't hinder them.
When: Details are on the website
Where: The Southbank Centre
Cost: Some events are free, full details are on the website
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