Creative Minds North: an arts conference with a difference

Amber Okpa Stother leads Breaking down the Walls workshop at Creative Minds North. Credit to Martin Livesey, Venture Arts

Creative Minds North in Manchester was the first ever arts conference entirely devised and delivered by learning disabled artists. Last month, over 200 attendees from learning-disabled and non-learning-disabled arts organisations across the North, including West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Lowry, met to consider four themes: How is great art created? What does the term professional […]

Freefalling for 15 years


Freefall Dance Company celebrated 15 years of entertaining people with a mixed programme performed to a sell-out audience at Birmingham Hippodrome performed on November’s 9th. The evening began with a short film directed by Sima Gonsai called Outside In. Set in the lovely setting of Lunt Fort in Coventry, it offered an opportunity to two […]

Hanging in the Balance by Spectra

Paige Holloway, a founding member of BecauseWeCanCanCan and has written a review of our recent show, Hanging In The Balance. Paige is a Creative Enabler, and she works closely with Open Theatre Company, supporting other young people with learning disabilities (YPWLD) to be involved in creative activities. She is fantastically honest, passionate, and determined.   I thoroughly enjoyed Spectra’s […]

TO BELONG: Koen de Preter & Theatre Stap


Sick Festival 2017 at the Attenborough Centre for the Arts Brighton I liked the show but it is hard to say what it is about. It was very energetic and I got carried away with the music. They were all clearly having a good time and it made me feel like I wanted to join […]

National Youth Dance Theatre, Tarantiseismic


National Youth Dance Company (NYDC). Choreographer: Damien Jalet Venue: Sadler’s Wells NYDC member – Paul Davidson (also member of Corali) I liked the film at the beginning – it was interesting to know about their process, and very good to see. Costumes: I liked the black overalls at the start, they looked heavy. I liked […]