Canterbury Hosts Autism Arts Festival

Thursday, 23 Mar 2017

A Heart by the Sea Left, a scene from A Heart at Sea, a play for youngsters

The last weekend in April sees the launch of The Autism Arts Festival in Canterbury. The autism-friendly weekend event is funded by Arts Council England, with additional support from the Gulbenkian and School of Arts at the University of Kent.

The event, which is to be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April at the University of Kent campus in Canterbury, is part of an initiative to develop the idea of a relaxed performance further by creating an entire festival dedicated to being autism-friendly. The festival itself is a celebration of autistic creativity, with a range of works by artists on the spectrum.The Autism Arts Festival will feature a range of performances, film screenings, workshops and talks. An art exhibition will also run from 18-30 April.

Events during the festival that are especially for families include:

Saturday 29th April 2017

12.00: Splash (PG)

14.00: Puppetry workshop by Knuckle and Joint Theatre (Ages 12-16)

17.00: Improv workshop with Nathan Keates (Ages 12-16)

Sunday 30th April 2017

10.00: Imagining Autism (3+)

12.00: A Heart at Sea by Peter Morton and Avi Simmons (6+)

13.30: Inside Out (U)

14.30: Beyond the Flash by Little Angel’s Spectrum Youth Theatre (8+)

15.00: Comedy workshop with the Three Half Pints (Ages 7-12)

17.30: The Emperor’s New Clothes by Stuff and Nonsense Theatre (3+)

All events are £7.50 full price and £5 concessions, with the exception of the films (Splash and Inside Out) which are £2.50 each, and Beyond the Flash, which is free. Buy tickets to three or more events and claim a 20% discount.

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