GDIF 2024 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 23 August-8 September 2024


15 July 2017

The 2017 Liberty festival coincided with the opening weekend of the World Para Athletics Championships, taking place in the London Stadium. There was a fantastic line up of Deaf and disability arts, encompassing street theatre, circus acts, live music, art and dance. In addition to new shows Admiral Pullen’s Party by Vital Xposure & Access All Areas and Planted Symphony by Drake Music and Arts+Gardens (both newly commissioned for Liberty 2017) artists included the international dance group ILL-Abilities, Deaf Men Dancing and Finnish Deaf rapper, Signmark.


Mind The Gap

Deaf Men Dancing

Wac Arts and Mahogany

Together! 2012

Jason Wilsher-Mills

Extraordinary Bodies

Vital Xposure




Oliver MacDonald

Rogue Play

Teatro Stalker

Drake Music with Arts+Gardens

David Hevey

Laura Dajao

Signdance Collective International

Illuminate Freedom

Wheelchair Dance Sport Association

Namlo, led by Ganga Thapa

2 Decks

Daniel Wakeford


Monica Vasconcelos

Holy Moly and the Crackers





3 September 2016

Taking place just four days before the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, this inclusive and accessible one-day festival incorporated an incredible line-up of Deaf and disability arts together with ‘come and try’ para-sports. Highlights included the Lizzie Emeh Big Band, cardboard sculpture artist James Lake and the interactive Colourscape ‘Symphony of the Senses’ by the Eye Music Trust. There were premiere performances of Nodus Tollens by the Deaf and Hearing Ensemble and Bingo Lingo by Wild N Beets (both new commissions by Liberty Festival) and Uchronia by Marc Brew Company, presented in partnership with Sadler’s Wells.


Access All Areas Theatre/Cian Binchy

James Lake

The Deaf and Hearing Ensemble

Deaf Men Dancing

Touch Compass

Rowan James

Marc Brew Company

Gijs Van Bon

Jason Wilsher-Mills

Jack Dean

Owen Lowery

Wild N Beets


Amelia Cavallo

Eye Music Trust/Laura Dajao

Muskaan Dance Group

Ready Willing Able

Wheelchair Dance Sport Association

Sardines Dance

ZooNation Youth

Magpie Dance Company

Corali Dance Company

Rhiannon Brace Dance Company

Together! 2012

Natural Diversions

UP! The Orchestra of Unlimited Potential

Victoria Oruwari

Jez Colborne & Mind the Gap Band

Kris Halpin


MC Billy Saga

Kid Campbell


Monica Vasconcelos

Lizzie Emeh Big Band



26 July 2015

In 2015, Liberty Festival took place on the final day of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, providing a thrilling conclusion to a fantastic weekend of sport at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. With street theatre, live music, dance, installations, film and more, there was something for everyone. New productions included Shamal, a multi-media piece featuring work by artist Rachel Gadsden, and ComBUStion created by the Bureau of Silly Ideas. Extraordinary Bodies presented aerial theatre piece Weighting and the seven-piece Congolese band Mbongwana Star headlined the music stage.


Jess Thom

Amit Sharma

Joan Coffey

Hassan Eraji

Baluji Orchestra

Revenge of Calculon

Staff Benda Bilili

Sonic Vistas

Architects of Air/Rachel Gadsden

Extant/Bureau of Silly Ideas

Mbongwana Star

Extraordinary Bodies


Sophie Partridge


Cooltan Arts

StopGap Dance Company

Cathy Waller Dance Company

Heart n Soul


Together! 2012

Ifeoma Orjiekwe/Agozie Art Studio

DJ Hub:
Shout Collective!
Castro Diego
Deaf Rave
Jamie Renton
Dinesh Satte

Access All Areas Theatre/Cian Binchy

Owen Lowery

Wheelchair Dance Sport Association

Oska Bright

30 August 2014

The 2014 Liberty festival coincided with a major event which saw ParalympicsGB medallists competing in a range of sports including swimming, (in the iconic London Aquatics Centre for the first time since the London 2012 Paralympic Games), boccia, goalball and wheelchair basketball . The Liberty programme featured Heart n Soul’s Soundlab, Sit Back by Moxie Brawl, Eye Queue Here by Access All Areas and Deaf Men Dancing’s TEN.


Heart n Soul

Jason Wilsher-Mills

Outside In

James Lake with Chisato Minamimura

John McCafferty

Deaf Rave

Together! 2012

Hijinx Theatre

Big Dance Bus

Everybody Dance

Natural Diversions


Jez Colborne and Mind the Gap

Moxie Brawl

Access All Areas

Eric Bent

Kali Perkins & Too Hot for Candy

Asian People’s Disability Alliance


StopGap Dance Company


Cooltan Arts

Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences

Drake Music

Flying Diplodocus

Laura Dajao

Deaf Men Dancing

3 Way Films

Derek Paravicini

Shining Star Films

Louise Rutkowski

Barner 16

Lyn Levett

Ren Harvieu

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