Arts festival aims to celebrate autistic creativity and accessibility

A unique arts festival celebrating both autistic creativity and accessibility for neurodivergent people takes place at the University from 26-28 April.

Organised by the University’s School of Arts, the Autism Arts Festival is a biennial event launched in 2017. This year’s festival features a mix of performances, screenings and events.

The festival will start with a comedy double bill featuring Robert White, a Britain’s Got Talent 2018 finalist, and Kate Fox, star of BBC Radio 4’s The Price of Happiness. This takes place at the University’s Gulbenkian on Friday 26 April.

Then, on the Saturday and Sunday, the festival will include a range of performances, screenings and events, including Sensory Circus by FEEL Theatre, #BinariesBeGone by Emma Selwyn as well as The Derek Paravicini Quartet and an all-night Avengers movie marathon.

The festival will also include an exhibition in the University’s Studio 3 Gallery, curated by the WEBworks collective, and a programme of literature events with speakers including Katherine May, author of The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club and The Electricity of Every Living Thing.

Festival organiser Dr Shaun May said: ‘The festival aims to be both a celebration of autistic creativity and an attempt to develop the idea of a relaxed performance more fully to create an entire festival that’s as accessible to neurodivergent people as possible.’

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