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News: Liberty Festival 4th September 2010

Artsline, 24 July 2010, 18:21

Liberty Festival, Saturday 4 September, 1 – 5pm
Trafalgar Square
Liberty features a number of zones with different themes and creative activities. These include: 
Sports and Arts
Working with visual artist Rachel Gadsden and Wheelpower from Stoke Mandeville, an area celebrating collaboration between sport and the arts.
Aerial Zone
A programme of aerial and circus performances, including Amici Dance Theatre and Cirque Nova.
Street Arts
Brown Paper Packages
A new performance developed by Kazzum, with performers creating scenes, landscapes and puppetry within the world of a large paper box
Epic Arts
Performance by Cambodian dance students with '4D' - choreographed by Chisato Minamimura as well as integrated dance duet 'Duologue' performed by UK artists Jennie Ellis and Kathryn Langrish.
Rhinestone Rollers
New production created by Graeae Theatre for the Rhinestone Rollers who were featured so successfully at Liberty in 2008. This new performance will be choreographed by Marc Brew and take a witty insight into dance through the ages
Chutney – a form of popular music of Trinidad provides the inspiration for this exciting new street theatre performance led by acclaimed Bhangra producer Kuljit Bhamra .
Children’s Zone
Emergency Exit Arts will again work to curate and develop the Children’s Zone. This year’s activities will have an “up in the air” theme with an Icarus character helping participants to harness the power of the wind as they enter a “Windy Wonderland” area of wind machines, fabric and sound. The Children’s Zone will also include installation work by disabled artists from Arteast
Cabaret and Comedy
A cabaret and comedy programme will take place in a geodesic dome programmed by Hazel Humphreys. Proposed artists include Francesca Martinez, Steve Day, Liz Carr, Mat Fraser, Cooltan Poets and Keith Currie.
A music stage at the foot of Nelson’s column with artists including:
Yunioshi - electro pop band performing “robot funk”
Orpheus Centre – music programme showcasing talented young people from the Orpheus Centre in Surrey
Also featuring three exciting young bands produced by Heart n Soul
The Fish Police - funk/punk power trio bringing their retro mix of electric beats
KDNA – with vocalist Kali Perkins, featuring a unique blend of violin, keyboards, drums and voices, all inspired by funk, reggae, trip hop and pop
Lizzie Emeh – presenting original soul, pop, Afrobeat and ballads taken from her latest album Loud and Proud  - backed by a seven-piece band
Reasons to be Cheerful – extracts from Graeae’s new musical theatre production set during a time of political change with Ian Dury’s songs providing a powerful emotional backdrop
Please note: Programme is subject to change. Look out for further updates in July and August
A range of access services and facilities will be available at the festival on the day. These include:
Information and Access areaslocated on the upper and lower terrace. These provide various information and interpretation services to enable visitors to get the most out of the festival  
BSL interpreters are available at different locations around the festival
Speech, song and recorded lyrics will be displayed as text onto screens in both the Comedy & Cabaret and Music zones.
Audio description
An audio description service transmitting to cordless headsets will be available at scheduled times of the day in different zones.
Induction loops
There are induction loops in the Comedy & Cabaret and Music zones. Mini portable induction loops will be available in the information and access areas and for other zones.
Accessible toilets
There are permanent accessible toilets on the west side of the lower terrace of Trafalgar Square. Specially adapted toilets are available around the site, with signs displaying different layouts.
A large number of stewards will be based around the site. Stewards will be wearing bright yellow T Shirts displaying ‘Steward’ on the reverse.
Viewing area
Viewing areas are located in each zone for those with specific access needs and their families and friends. A limited number of chairs are available in all zones.

Medical facilities

First Aid is available in the information and access areas. 
Wheelchair loan service
A limited number of self propelled wheelchairs, transit wheelchairs and motorised scooters will be available in each information and access area.  Deposit required. 
A lift will be operating between the upper and lower terraces of Trafalgar Square for those with restricted mobility.
Charging point for electric wheelchairs and scooters
13 amp domestic sockets are available in each information and access area.

Assistance dogs area
Enclosures are available in the information and access areas are for use by dogs accompanying attendees. They include a turfed section and water bowls.
Access to Transport
Westminster (District/Circle/Jubilee Lines) is the most accessible Tube station close to Trafalgar Square and has access without stair and escalators, with lifts to the ticket hall and all platforms from street level. There is level access between the Jubilee Line platforms and trains, but wheelchair users should be advised of the 200+mm gap between the Circle and District Line platforms and trains. There will be event stewards available to assist at Westminster, Leicester Square and Charing Cross stations.
Free TfL Dial a Ride bus from Westminster Tube station to Trafalgar Square
A shuttle bus operated by TfL Dial a Ride will run at 20 - 30 minute intervals between 12.00 and 6.00pm. It is available free of charge to those attending Liberty.
Bus stop 1 is in front of the National Gallery Extension / Sainsbury Wing
Bus stop 2 is at Bridge Street outside the entrance to Westminster Tube station

A temporary taxi rank is located in Whitcomb Street on the corner of Pall Mall East. This includes access to cabs for Taxicard customers.
Car Parking
A limited number of free car parking spaces in nearby Waterloo Place will be available on the day for Blue Badge Holders. Spaces must be booked in advance, no later than Wednesday 25 August, and will be allocated on a first come-first served basis. If you would like to request a space, please email:, marking your emailLiberty Car Parking. You should provide your name, telephone number, make and registration of car. You will be notified if a space is available, and if so, a pass will be sent to you for display in the vehicle.   
Liberty Festival is organised by the Mayor of London and produced by Greenwich+Docklands Festivals. Thanks to Attitude is Everything, Shape, Artsline, Independent Living Alternatives and Cooltan Arts for their helping in developing this year’s event.

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