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The Liverpool Neurodiversity Arts Festival

A festival of beautiful thinking

The Neurodiversity Arts Festival 2024 will be a vibrant celebration of neurodivergent talent, diverse perspectives and creative expression, dedicated to celebrating neurodiversity and providing a platform for neurodivergent artists.

Hosted by The Brain Charity and running from 20th – 29th September 2024, the festival will transform Liverpool into a celebration of creativity.

We know 15-20% of the population identify as neurodivergent. The Neurodiversity Arts Festival will shed light on the diverse experiences and talents within this community, which includes neurominority identities such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and dyscalculia.

Partnering with renowned institutions such as Tate Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Bluecoat, the Neurodiversity Arts Festival 2024 aims to celebrate and educate, create lasting change by improving accessibility for neurodivergent people, and promote understanding and acceptance.

Join us as we bring together artists, performers, and audiences to inspire, engage, and enjoy. We can’t wait to see you all at NDAF 2024. Book your tickets below and let the festivities begin!

Saturday 21 September

Bliss Comedy Night at The Brain Charity

Bliss comedy logo on a colourful brick wall

Bliss Comedy in conjunction with the Brain Charity presents an evening of uplifting hilarious comedy with 5 brilliant neurodiverse comedians in a safe and inclusive setting.

Line up includes:

  • Jacky Boy
  • Jude Jones
  • Leah Stone
  • Cosmic Kat
  • Headlined by Tasha Mott
  • MC’d by Mary Cross

Accessibility:

  • Accessible entrance
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • Blue Badge parking
  • BSL interpreted
  • Changing Places facility

Tickets: £6

Date: Saturday 21 September

Time: 7 for 7.30pm

Venue: The Brain Charity

Wednesday 25 September

‘Meet the Artist’ at Tate Liverpool

Exterior of the Tate in Liverpool

Join Tate Liverpool for a panel discussion exploring neurodiversity and its relationship to contemporary art practice. Artists Becky Beasley, Sonia Boué and Pierce Starre will be in conversation with Claire Penketh, Professor of Disability Studies and Art Education at Hope University. 

The talk will explore how we can rethink contemporary arts practice in relation to neurodiversity and how the neurodiversity paradigm can inform art and its education.

Accessibility:

  • Access by ramps
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assistance dogs are welcome

Tickets: £5

Date: Wednesday 25th September

Time: 6:30pm to 8pm

Venue: Tate at RIBA North

25 - 28 Sept

‘Wonder Boy’ at Liverpool Playhouse

A boy with the words Wonder boy in illuminated text. The letter o of boy replaces his head. His shirt is untucked and he has his hands in his pockets

Olivier Award-winner Sally Cookson (A Monster Calls) directs the critically acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production of WONDER BOY by Ross Willis, a heart-warming and inspiring story about the power of communication.

Sonny is twelve. Living with a stammer, he’s finding his way in a world ruled by vicious vowels, confusing consonants, and let’s not forget the biggest beast of them all – small talk.

Sonny’s only friend is Captain Chatter, a comic book hero of his own creation, but in the real-world language is power and Sonny must find a way to be heard. When cast in the school production of Hamlet by the Headteacher, he finds the real heroes are closer than he thinks.

Packed with playful humour, dazzling visuals and thrilling original music this innovative production includes live creative captioning on stage throughout.

Winner of the 2023 Writers’ Guild Award for Best Play.
For more information on booking in your school group, please contact the Box Office on 0151 709 4776 or email boxoffice@everymanplayhouse.com
Post Show Q&A on Wed 25 Sept plus additional events TBC.

Tickets: £11 to £36

Date: 25 to 28 September

Time: 1.30pm or 7.30pm

Venue: Liverpool Playhouse

Thursday 26 September

‘An evening with Ruby Colley’ at Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room

Ruby Colley

Composer and violinist Ruby Colley discusses her brand-new work Hello Halo – a composition which will premiere at Liverpool Philharmonic on February 3rd 2025 next year – with writer Kirsteen McNish.

Hello Halo, a collaboration with vocal ensemble Exaudi, is based on Ruby’s non-verbal brother Paul’s alternative forms of communication.

Ruby and Kirsteen will reflect on how the outside world connects with those who communicate in different ways to the mainstream.

Following this, Ruby will perform previous compositions inspired by natural environments.

Tickets: £6

Date: Thursday 26 September

Time: 8pm

Venue: Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room

Saturday 28 September

‘The Monster Disco’ at The Unity Theatre

A child dancing with an adult in a monster costume

Come and embrace your inner monster at the MONSTER DISCO! Don’t be afraid, these monsters aren’t scary, they’re just misunderstood and want to party!

Join in, have a dance and a boogie, or just chill and enjoy the vibes, the Monster Disco is for everyone!

The Monster Disco is a 45 minute interactive puppet performance by Headstrung Puppets. Music, dance and puppetry are brought together with accessibility and inclusivity to create a joyous and uplifting family experience.

Tickets: £6

Date: Saturday 28 September

Time: 12pm and 3pm

Venue: The Unity Theatre


An evening of comedy  from ‘Disabilarity’ at the Brain Charity

Join us for an unforgettable evening of comedy and laughter with Disabilarity!

Experience top-notch entertainment and a fantastic atmosphere as talented comedians take the stage to deliver side-splitting performances.

Get your tickets now for a night you won’t forget!

Accessibility:

  • Accessible entrance
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • Blue Badge parking
  • Changing Places facility

Tickets: £6

Date: Saturday 28 September

Time: 7 for 7.30pm

Venue: The Brain Charity


‘The Boy King’ at the World Museum

A man reading a book with the words The Boy King on the cover

‘I’m Jordan. I’m 28. I’m autistic, and I love history. I’m a
tour guide at the museum…but I’m not supposed to be in
here…’

On his lunch break, Jordan can’t help sneaking
into the museum store room to explore…but it’s
not long before he’s carried away on an ancient
expedition of immersive storytelling and
imagination.

An autobiographical, vibrant and educational one
man show celebrating 100 years since the
discovery of Tutenkhamun’s Tomb.

Get to know The Boy King, the team who
excavated his tomb and Jordan – A boy whose
love of history transformed his life growing up
with Autism.

Tickets available soon.

Date: Saturday 28 September

Time: 1pm

Venue: World Museum, Liverpool

Sunday 29 September

A LUSH Liverpool Takeover with Blue Room, inclusive arts at the Bluecoat & friends

Artist holding a painting

Join artists from Blue Room, the Bluecoat’s inclusive arts project along with self advocates and allies from Mencap Liverpool & Sefton, Autism Initiatives, Natural Breaks and Options for Supported Living as they takeover the Lush Liverpool store in a celebration of the power of creativity.

A free, unticketed event.

Date: Sunday 29 September

Time: 11am to 5pm

Venue: Lush Liverpool

Friday 13 September – Saturday 5 October

Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare North Playhouse & Graeae, in association with Theatre by the Lake

Romeo and Juliet poster

Against all odds, a young couple fall in love. You think you know how this story goes, and who this couple is? Maybe you do… Maybe you don’t…

This beautiful retelling of Shakespeare’s eternal love story seamlessly weaves BSL, Captions and Audio Description into the storytelling. Each show is performed in a relaxed environment and by an incredible ensemble of Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent actors.

Tickets from £15

Date: Friday 13 September – Saturday 5 October

Time: 7pm

Venue: Shakespeare North Playhouse, Prescot

Art Exhibition at the Brain Charity

There will be an exhibition of Fine Art at the Brain Charity throughout the festival, showcasing the talent of local and national neurodivergent artists.

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Published: 12 July 2024