Schedule for the day at Liberty Symposium:

10.15am: Doors open; coffee.

11am: Welcome

11.10am: Introduction from Tilly Milburn

11.20am: Suzanne Alleyne, ‘The Power of Difference’

Suzanne Alleyne is a London based Cultural Thinker – a title she coined to describe her work as a strategist, researcher, and conversational artist. Using these mediums, she works at the intersection of academic research, business, art and culture. With her team, she explores, interrogates and studies the big questions currently facing contemporary society

11.50am: Power Tool by Access Power Visibility

A presentation and playful try of Power Tool, an accessible tool that combines and overthrows   Pairing onsite and offsite participants, the aim of the work is to instigate new frameworks for protest and use technology for genuine and meaningful interaction – focussing on the empowerment of all participants, whether housebound or not, by merging the physical and the digital. 

12.30pm: Lunch break

1.45pm: Jamie Hale on building accessible, sustainable and lasting projects

Jamie Hale is a queer / crip artist, curator, poet, writer, screenwriter, playwright, actor, facilitator, trainer and director – otherwise known as ‘busy’, ‘interdisciplinary’, or ‘indecisive’. They create poetry, comedy, scriptwriting, and drama for page, stage, and screen and in Feb 2021 won the Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund Award in Directing/Theatre-Making. They have a screenplay in development with Channel 4. Jamie is Artistic Director at CRIPtic Arts CIC – a support, development, production, and showcasing organisation for work by and for d/Deaf and disabled people across the Arts. Jamie founded CRIPtic in 2019.

2.15pm: Ono Dafedjaiye: how the media represents people with a disability

People with a disability can do lots of things, not just working in supermarkets or flower shops and going to day services. They can be actors, dancers, teachers or tv presenters. In her talk Ono Dafedjaiye will discuss positive and negative representations of disability in the media and TV. How media can show people with a disability in a positive light and how people with a disability can make a meaningful contribution to society, as well as the responsibility of the producers to raise aspirations for disabled people and represent them fairly. Ono is Heart n Soul’s Taking Part Assistant. She became Heart n Soul’s first member of staff with learning disabilities when she joined the organisation in 2005. Ono has also co-founded a new organisation called Perky, which uses the arts to open up conversations about womanhood, the body & sexuality amongst learning-disabled women.

2.45pm: A Manifesto for 2.8 Million Minds

Critical Friend & Creative Evaluator Tara Brown and Artist the vacuum cleaner discuss the making of A Manifesto for 2.8 Million Minds.

3.15pm: Tea break

3.30pm: Raymond Antrobus

Raymond Antrobus is a British poet, educator and writer, who has been performing poetry since 2007. His poems have also been published in magazines and literary journals such as The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Oxford Diaspora’s Programme, British Council Literature, Shooter Literary Journal, The Missing Slate, Morning Star and University Of Arkansas Press.

4pm: DYSPLA & the Neurodivergent Aesthetic

DYSPLA is an Award Winning arts studio producing the work of neurodivergent story makers. Its directors, Lennie Varvarides and Kazimir Bielecki, will present their longstanding research into the Neurodivergent Aesthetic and their work with the medium of XR (Extended Reality). DYSPLA XR area is presented across the three days of the festival at Deptford Lounge.

4.30pm: Tea break

4.45pm: Local Senses

Local Senses, are a collective of 9 individuals with varying degrees of sight, who will present their project ‘Mapping in Lewisham’, a psychogeographic journey of the borough, researched and developed for Liberty Festival 2022. ‘Mapping in Lewisham’ has been developed through a series of walks conducted in and around the Deptford area. Whilst walking, the group employ a wide variety of sensory phenomena and reflective techniques to explore the local terrain, focussing, in particular, on how sounds and smells shape experience and how this sited information can be captured in language. This presentation will aim to take you on a similar journey from the comfort of your seat, offering you ephemera from our walks (poems, songs, environmental sound, images) in a way that respects the order in which it was received, inviting you closer to the experience  .

5.15pm: An anti-ablist approach to teaching with Paul Morrow

An anti-ablist approach to teaching vital pedagogy with Paul Morrow (Cultural Inclusion Manifesto) and Vicky Foxcroft MP and Shadow Minister for Disabled People.

Paul Morrow, co-author of the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto, will be discussing how Contemporary Art practice can support anti-ableist pedagogy by facilitating a conversation with some of the manifesto’s signatories and the wider audience of the Liberty Festival.

6pm: end


Content warning: The event will include presentations talking about the impact of mental health and other forms of structural violence, ableism and discrimination.