Liberty Festival 2017

Come and have a go at a range of activities and sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and boccia.

You can expect Deaf and disability arts, street theatre, circus, live music, art, dance, DJs, food stalls and more.

Audio description by VocalEyes Describers will be available on demand throughout the day.

Audio description headsets will be available at the Event Information & Access Point and audio-described Tours will start here.
BSL interpretation, induction loops and ‘speech to text services’ are available at various locations.  There are also roaming Personal Assistants, BSL interpreters and audio describers.
A Rest area is located just north of Carpenters Road Lock, next to the Changing Places Toilet.
Assistance dogs are welcome.  There is a spend area, situated to the North of the picnic area.
Mobility equipment is available from the Information & Access Point. Please note that a form of identification is required as a deposit.

To get to the Festival, a free Dial-a-Ride bus service for disabled people will run from Stratford Station. You need to exit at platform 13. It will go to the drop-off point near the festival. Quote: “Liberty Festival”.
Blue Badge temporary parking is available in the Multi-Storey Car Park on Waterden Road, off Eastway.  The postcode is E9 5JH.  Pre-booking is essential, telephone 0800 072 2110 and quote “Liberty Festival”.
There’s a free shuttle service available from the Blue Badge Parking to the festival drop-off point.
The number 388 public bus runs from Stratford City Bus Station to the Park entrance on Westfield Avenue. Please check for diversions.

Please note: there will be photography and filming at the event. If you don’t wish to be filmed or photographed please collect and wear a sticker, available from Information & Access Points.

What’s On at Liberty 2017

The Music Stage

On the Music Stage near the centre of the Park is a programme compered by Kelly Knox and Samantha Renke.  Highlights from the Together! Disability Film Festival will be screened between the live musical acts

1.45-2.15pm: Namlo – Led by Ganga Thapa, captures the diverse musical traditions of Nepal

2.50-3.05pm: 2 Decks – Hip-hop/rock band taking the UK learning disability music scene by storm

3.15-3.30pm: Pure and ecstatic pop from charismatic singer songwriter Daniel Wakeford

3.45-4.10pm: Signmark – Deaf Finnish rap artist proving that music is more than what you can hear

4.45-5.15pm: Monica Vasconcelos brings a unique mix of Bossa Nova, jazz and a dash of ‘Vintage Brazil’

And from 5.55-6.25pm: Holy Moly and the Crackers – “Wild gypsy troubadours with more than a touch of magic about them”

Programme of arts events

Arts events, performances and workshops take place at various locations.

In the Stalls just to the North of the picnic area, throughout the day, you can help make a banner with Regard, the UK’s LGBTQ Disabled People’s Organisation. Marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

On a number of stages clustered near the centre of the Park you will find:

Mirror Mirror by Mind The Gap – Playful, surreal and thought-provoking street theatre from 1.45-2.15pm; 3.20–3.50pm and 4.40-5.10pm.

2.15-2.40pm and 5.15-5.40pm: Corazón a Corazón by Deaf Men Dancing, explores themes of passion, politics and power through fusion of dance and BSL

4.15-4.40pm: Liberty Carnival: a specially created carnival celebration presented by young people from Wac Arts and Mahogany

In the Together! 2012 Tent, from 1.30pm to 6.30pm, Together! 2012 presents poetry, music, dance, cabaret and comedy from locally based disabled artists and some very special guests.  Plus celebrate the life of Sophie Partridge in Pink Hour from 2.30pm. Produced by Ju Gosling aka ju90

Also from 1.30-6.30pm: Caliper Kid Totem by Jason Wilsher-Mills explores 3D printed sculpture and virtual reality installations.

And What Am I Worth by Extraordinary Bodies. Contribute ideas to a new show through workshops, photography and music

There are two public artworks by the recipient of Shape Arts’ Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary, Oliver MacDonald.  Work In Progress – Installation – is in the central area.  The second work, Three Seater Syndrome, is situated towards the south east of the site.  Oliver Macdonald will also lead a willow weaving workshop here from 1.30-3.45pm and again from 4.15-6.30pm.

Taking place towards the south east of the site is Admiral Pullen’s Party by Vital Xposure. Discover a forgotten story and take part in workshops from 1.30- 2.25pm and from 3pm-5.25pm. There’s a Performance and Procession from 2.25-3pm and from 5.25-6pm where you can discover a forgotten story and join a giant puppet parade.

Also to the south east of the site, close to The Podium, ILL-Abilities – International all-star disabled breakdance crew will be performing from 2.45-3.15pm, and again from 5.55-6.25pm

Taking Flight by Rogue Play – Follow the journey of two friends and a bird across land and sea, then join in circus skills workshops. Performances are from 1.55-2.20pm and 4.55-5.20pm.  Workshops follow on from each performance, from 2.25-3.25pm and again from 5.25-6.25pm

To the south west of the site is Stelli by Teatro Stalker.  Create a large scale architectural construction from rainbow coloured wooden sticks.  From 2.30-3pm and again from 4.30-5pm.

Also to the south west is Planted Symphony by Drake Music with Arts and Gardens – Compose your own horticultural soundtrack with assistive music technology.  Session last 30 minutes and are at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm,  5pm and 6pm.

Visit the Liberty Parade – Portraits of Disabled People by David Hevey –
These vibrant and empowering large scale photographic portraits of disabled people are on display throughout the day, to the south west of the site.

Sport and Dance

The following Sport and Dance events all take place towards the north of the Park.

1.30-2pm: Join Step Change Studios for a feel-good Foxtrot performance followed by a fun, inclusive Latin and Ballroom dance taster, giving everyone a chance to have a taste of the ‘Strictly’ experience

2.05-2.15pm and 5.30-5.40pm: #MyStrengthSolo by Laura Dajao – Solo performance incorporating Hip Hop, Krump, Waacking and contemporary dance

2.20-2.40pm: 3Urban Motivation2 by Wac Arts – Young people share inspiring dance moves

2.45-3.15pm: Signdance Collective International and Together! 2012 present a special edition of their touring production Carthage, highlighting themes of slavery and human trafficking

3.20-3.45pm and 5-5.25pm:  ‘Dance in the Dark’ workshop by Illuminate Freedom. Uplifting gentle dance and exercise based movement

3.50-4.15pm and 5.50-6.15pm: Come and try Inclusive Dance and Dancesport with the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association.  Everyone can dance!

4.20-4.50pm: A performance from professional cheerleaders. Learn a routine and perform it with friends and family!


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been designed to be as accessible and inclusive as possible.  The Park offers good step-free access, hard-standing surfaces, regular seating and accessible Blue Badge car parking. Find out more and plan your journey by visiting the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Accessibility and Inclusion web pages.
Liberty Festival is presented by the Mayor of London and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Booking contact number For Blue Badge Parking: 0800 0722 110