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Turtle Key Arts presents

JOY Festival

15 - 17 Sep 2021
Running time
120 minutes
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JOY Festival will showcase some of the best quality disabled artists in the borough.

JOY Festival is a celebration of local disabled artists, produced by Turtle Key Arts in partnership with HF ArtsFest and the Lyric.

Wednesday 15 September

  • The Love LOde – Alternative spoken word pieces performed by Colin Hambrook and Wendy Young on the theme of love in all its ravages and glory.
  • When I See Your Face – Dances created from the thoughts and dreams of Rosie after listening to her sister’s beautiful album ‘Before a New Harbour Can Be Built Difficult Things Must Be Worked Out’. Featuring music from The Vespertine Quintet, live music from Alice Jelaska and Maya McCourt and poetry from Rosie Leak. The piece captures moments of human struggle, connection, and love.
  • Bad Habits Medley – Songs of Social Conscience and true life stories inspired from lockdown and world events presented through an acoustic electric set as a duo. Very intimate and organic.

Thursday 16 September

  • Rona Topaz – Join singer/songwriter/actress Rona Topaz for an evening of original material and classic songs.
  • All Together Now – Ignite Me Theatre Workshop’s theatrical interpretation of coming out of lockdown, reconnecting, looking forward and appreciating the outdoors.
  • Gate Custard – A showcase of the talents of the musicians and singers of the Gate, an arts centre for adults with learning disabilities in Shepherd’s Bush.

Friday 17 September

  • The Waiting – A live reading of an original short story by Gemma Garwood.
  • Dance to the rhythm of your heart – Kdyoga & dance studio believe strongly in the concept and practice of inclusion and are committed to bringing the benefits of yoga and dance to all individuals. Through the medium of dance & yoga create a powerful performance that unites the rhythm of our souls with the beat of our hearts proving there are no limits.
  • To Exist Beyond the Glass – An exploration of Elinor Rowlands’ autism through objects in her bedroom. Exploring the experience of autism in the way so many autistic people are so often rendered as objects. Here, she explores what is means to feel and be treated like one. Featuring two original songs by Natasha Oliver-Cork.
  • The Uniquez – E-Unique is a local not-for-profit social enterprise set up to deliver inclusive activities to promote the image and contribution of disabled people, combat stigma and discrimination. They will be showcasing their work from the latest workshops.

All performances are audio described and have a BSL interpreter.