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‘Family Favourite’ Inclusive Arts Festival Returns


IncludFEST, the annual outdoor festival for d/Deaf and disabled children, young people and families returns to Hardwick Park in Sedgefield, County Durham on Saturday 17th September. After 'covid-safe' closed performances in 2020 and 2021, IncludFEST is returning to a traditional format with drop-in activities and performances around the festival site.


This year’s line-up is one of the biggest in the history of the festival and includes opportunities to 'BE IT’ and join in performing arts-based workshops, join in with ‘MAKE IT’ crafts activities as well as 'WATCH IT’ with live performances throughout the day including TIN Arts’ fun dance piece Got Your Nose which premiered at the Stockton International Riverside Festival in August alongside Big Bloomers by the ever-popular Bell and Bullock. TIN Arts Executive Director and IncludFEST producer Martin Wilson MBE said, “We’re delighted to be able to return to a more open programme for our festival, running it as a FREE TO ATTEND drop-in event once again meaning more d/Deaf and disabled children, young people and families will be able to attend and experience a great day of inclusive and accessible arts”.


For the first time this year, we will also be offering the opportunity for children and young people to complete Arts Award Discover in a day so there is definitely something for everyone!”


Produced by TIN Arts and supported by Durham County Council and the County Durham Community Foundation, IncludFEST is an inclusive and accessible festival that aims to ensure all who wish to attend can do so. Key features included special pre-bookable activity sessions for children who would benefit from a quieter festival experience, BSL interpretation throughout the day and the Mobiloo, an accessible toilet with changing bed and hoist. IncludFEST is free to attend and takes place on Saturday 17th September from 11:00 to 16:00 at Hardwick Park in Sedgefield, postcode TS21 2DN.


Visit www.tinarts.co.uk/includfest for further details.