Huge cash boost for ArtsFest following H&F Council support

World renowned director Wolfgang Stange will be working with HF ArtsFest this summer to help create a spectacular celebration of disabled arts.

He will work with 25 disabled artists to create a music, dance and drama performance in partnership with Turtle Key Arts. The new focus on disabled arts is being made possible by a £15,000 grant from Arts Council England.

“HF ArtsFest is growing every year and it’s fantastic that we’re able to introduce this focus on the work and achievements of disabled artists,” said Petrea Owens, Chair of HF ArtsFest.

“We’re very proud to have the support of Wolfgang Stange, the founder of AMICI Dance Theatre Company, as well as to have achieved support from Arts Council England for the first time. HF ArtsFest application for the funding was backed by H&F Council.

“The funding will really help us develop and diversify the annual HF ArtsFest by embedding disability arts into our mainstream activities.”

There will be a range of projects with professional artists as part of the celebration of disabled arts. The artists will be working in six schools for pupils with special educational needs as well as three community groups, made possible by funding from Hammersmith United Charities and Dr Edwards and Bishop King’s Fulham Charity.

The festival, on 2-10 June is also funded every year by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

“This Arts Council England grant is testament to the quality and diversity of the arts in H&F, said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.

“We’re lucky to have so much talent on our doorstep throughout the year, and I can’t wait to see what HF ArtsFest’s 2018 festival has in store.”

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