The Southbank Centre will host the first digital Unlimited festival from 13 – 17 January 2021. Unlimited is excited to be collaborating again with the Southbank Centre on the fifth Unlimited festival since it first started in 2012. Unlimited’s commissions will continue to be at the heart of the festival alongside an accompanying programme of sector-facing events.
The five-day festival will feature dance, performance, comedy, film, talks, workshops and art that challenges perceptions of disabled people. Alongside the digital programme, there will be an outdoor photography exhibition, Unseen by Suzie Larke. With the majority of events completely free, and a mix of live, participatory and on-demand viewing options, Unlimited will bring the Southbank Centre’s festival feeling to homes across the UK.
Unlimited is also working on industry facing programme for arts organisations and international attendees in partnership with the British Council – make sure you are signed up as an Unlimited Ally to find out more.
Stay tuned for the full programme announcement!
Unlimited festival at the Southbank Centre
The Southbank Centre works closely with the Unlimited arts commissioning programme (us!), which is at the heart of the festival. We aim to embed work by disabled artists across all art forms within the cultural sector, reach new audiences and change perceptions of disabled people. Delivered by the disability-led arts organisation Shape Arts and arts-producing organisation Artsadmin, Unlimited is currently funded by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland and the British Council. Since 2013, Unlimited has awarded over £4 million to over 330 ambitious disabled artists and companies, which have been seen by or engaged with more than 2.6 million people globally and online.
You can read more about the different ‘Unlimiteds’ in one of our previous blogs!
Unlimited festival (13 – 17 January 2021) set to be the most accessible yet, with 33 online events, 32 of which are free, and 16 events available on-demand.
To coincide with International Day of Disabled Persons, today we can announce the first digital Unlimited festival programme, a five-day festival featuring dance, performance, comedy, film, talks, workshops and art that celebrates the artistic vision of disabled artists from 13 – 17 January 2021.
For the first time ever, Unlimited festival will be accessible to audiences around the globe. The festival and the Unlimited commissions programme together aim to help embed work by disabled artists across all art forms within the cultural sector, reach new audiences and change perceptions of disabled people. The festival is inclusive and encourages everyone to get involved. Alongside the digital programme, there will be an outdoor exhibition onsite at the Southbank Centre, ‘Unseen’ by artist Suzie Larke.
Born out of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad to coincide with the London Paralympic Games, the biennial festival was last held at the Southbank Centre in 2018, and was delayed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.