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Adapted Car Hire News Updates: Unlimited Festival to showcase work of disabled and deaf artists

The work of nearly 200 disabled and deaf artists will be displayed as part of the London 2012 Festival, a 12-week programme of arts events to run alongside the Olympics and Paralympics.

Unlimited, the name of the show, will be presented at the Southbank Centre from 31 August to 9 September and will feature 29 new commissions, ranging widely in art form from dance, live and visual arts to music and theatre.

For instance, artist Sue Austin will show her film documenting her performances in a self-propelled underwater wheelchair.

Award-winning performer and choreographer Claire Cunningham will perform a piece of dance theatre which explores her 20-year relationship with her crutches entitled Menage a Trois.

She will also direct ‘12’ for the Candoco dance company, a large-scale work featuring performers from China, Brazil and the UK.

Ruth Mackenzie, London 2012 Festival Director, said of the event: “It could transform opportunities for deaf and disabled artists.

“I inherited many brilliant projects when I took over [responsibility for the Cultural Olympiad] in 2010 but none more brilliant than this.”

Moira Sinclair from Arts Council England, which is one of the festival’s backers, said she hoped it would create a lasting legacy.

“This is not a project that finishes when the Olympics finishes. We want to create a step-change,” she said.

In other news, a national campaign to break down barriers to digital access for disabled people has been launched, with an estimated 43 per cent of disabled people believed to have never been online.

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