Unity Festival 2016

It’s here!

It’s that time of year again when we look forward to Hijinx’ Unity Festival, a celebration of work created by and with disabled artists from the UK and Europe.

meet fred

Meet Fred

This years Unity kicks off with Meet Fred, a collaboration between Hijinx and Blind Summit that is being performed at The Other Room at Porters before heading off to the Edinburgh Festival.

When threatened with losing his Puppetry Living Allowance, Fred’s life begins to spiral out of control. This unique production can be seen on June 23rd, 24th, 28th at 7.30pm and on June 30th – July 2nd at 5.30pm.

To book tickets please contact otherroomtheatre.com or phone 0333 666 3366.
Ticket prices: £12/£10/£5 (age guide 14+)

The Wales Millennium Centre once again hosts free and ticketed performances. This year there is an opportunity to buy a Festival ticket for £25 which will enable you to see all four shows at the WMC, queue jump to secure the best seats and an exclusive 20% discount on food and drink.

The four shows are:


Frida: Caroline Bowditch

A Dream Play: by Moomsteatern Company from Sweden on June 29th and 30th at 7.15pm (age guide 14+)

Cabaret of Blood: by Hijinx and Told by an Idiot on June 29th and 30th at 9pm (age guide 14+)

Danza Mobile: return with their new integrated dance piece on July 1st and 2nd at 7.15pm

Falling in Love with Frida: is the award winning show on the life of Frida Kahlo by Caroline Bowditch on July 1st and 2nd at 9pm (age guide 16+)

For details about the performances and to book tickets please go to wmc.org.uk
Tel: 029 2063 6464

Free performances at the WMC include:

  • You and I Know by Arlene Phillips for Candoco Dance Company
  • a Community Dance Gala
  • Scenes from a Suitcase by Taking Flight Theatre
  • Heroes by Glad:Theatre
  • En-tyre life by ZimZam and the Chambermaids by Blaumeier-Atelier.

There really is something for everyone but if that is not enough on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July there is the free family weekend on the Hayes in Cardiff. Performances will include some of those already mentioned and also an opportunity to see Taking Flight Theatre’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, performances from Hijinx Academy students, Kazzum and Elevator with Jessie Brett and Hijinx.

Disability Arts Cymru are delighted to be working with our very own Blog Maestro, Tom Wentworth,  to produce Newsflush! We will be turning the not-very-accessible toilet at the Tabernacl Church into a radio studio. We will be inviting artists and audience members to share their thoughts on the festival, or just on life in general. Newsflush interviews will then be shared via social media throughout the weekend. We hope lots of you will come and join us and share your thoughts, or your work.

The studio will be open from 1.30pm – 4pm on Saturday 2nd and from 12 noon to 2pm on Sunday 3rd.

Unity festival aims to be as accessible as possible for everyone, all venues are wheelchair accessible and guide dog friendly.

For a full programme of events and access information please visit – hijinxunity.org.uk

Look forward to seeing you at one of the most exciting festivals in Wales’ what’s on calendar.

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