ILL Abilities

Lytham Festival

July 12, 2019

The Oliver Award-nominated, international disability breakdance crew will open the show for Kylie Minogue’s headline performance at Lytham Festival.

ILL Abilities’ talented, different-ability dancers, who are seen as global influencers in breakdance and diversity, will bring their energetic and breath-taking moves to the stage on Friday July 12.

Access Fylde Coast is committed to opening up events for everyone and will also provide:

  • A British Sign Language Interpreter for all headline acts in the Main Proms Arena from July 10 through to July 14
  • A fully-serviced Mobiloo for less able festival-goers.

Lytham Festival also provides a wheelchair platform, a dedicated entrance for anyone with accessibility needs, food and beverage service for wheelchair platform users, and assistance dogs are permitted to the site.

ILL Abilities Dance Workshop

Cleveleys Plaza 

July 13, 2019

We’re giving you the chance to enjoy a FREE dance workshop with the talented dance troupe ILL Abilities.

At the 2-hour workshop you will be totally inspired and learn  about how this amazing street dance crew take the audience on a journey through the dancers’ battles with adversity, stereotypes, self-doubt, to finding the strength to overcome life’s struggles through dynamic movement and sheer determination.

In this 2- hour FREE workshop from 12noon to 2pm you’ll build confidence to surpass limitations by discovering your own strengths and creative movements.

This fun workshop is inclusive to all ages, all abilities, and all different skill levels. No matter what your situation may be ILL-Abilities believes dance is for everyone.

There’s no need to book, just turn up!

An Evening Of Comedy

Lytham Hall

September 8, 2019

Headlined by Britain’s Got Talent 2018 runner-up Robert White, this night dedicated to comedy will have you howling in your seats.

Robert White, who has Asperger’s, will bring his keyboard and unique comedy – and his famed tank top. Expect an impressive show with hilarious delivery.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, the show will also feature BBC New Comedy Award finalists Aaron Simmonds and Jamie McDonald.
Aaron’s credits include BBC Three, BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 5 Live.

And, Jamie McDonald – AKA ‘That Funny Blind Guy’ – credits include Breaking The News (BBC Scotland & BBC Radio Scotland), Fred At The Stand (BBC Radio 4) and Scot Squad (BBC One Scotland).
The evening of hilarity will be hosted by Steve Royle, comedian and BBC radio presenter.

There will be British Sign Language interpretation throughout the event.

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A short clip of Robert White’s hilarious sketch


The British Paraorchestra

The Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

September 7, 2019 

The British Paraorchestra is the world’s only large-scale ensemble of professional disabled musicians.

This boundary-breaking group, who have played alongside Coldplay and at the closing ceremony at the 2012 Para Olympics, sets a new template for music-making blurring the boundaries between music and dance, performer and audience.

Their latest piece, The Nature of Why, bursts with passion and joy as it explores theoretical physicist Richard Feynman’s search for the meaning of the world around us.

The audience will be immersed into a theatrical experience like no other as the stage becomes a site of discovery where constantly shifting action invites the audience to seek out their own unique encounters.

The show also features a cinematic live-score from Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, an ensemble of musicians from the British Paraorchestra and four extraordinary dancers.

There will be a pre-performance touch tour for blind and partially sighted audience members. Plus, the performance will have Audio Description via headsets and British Sign Language interpretation.

Please note that due to the nature of the 1- hour performance, seating is limited.

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Evelyn Glennie

The Marine Hall, Fleetwood

October 12, 2019

World-famous virtuoso solo percussionist, double GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee, Dame Evelyn Glennie will perform her recital with accompaniment by pianist Philip Smith, giving you the opportunity to hear her impressive and eclectic range of music styles.

Evelyn Glennie, who is profoundly deaf, is the first person in history to sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest orchestras, conductors and artists. She fondly recalls having played the first percussion concerto in history of the Proms at the Albert Hall in 1992. Which paved the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concerti. She also had the honour of a leading role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

A free ticket to In Conversation with Evelyn Glennie – “Who’s Listening?” at 11am can also be obtained from the box office.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear about Evelyn’s work and also how with the aid of her first percussion teacher, honed her awareness of sound to such a degree that she describes her body as ‘a resonating chamber.’

There will be British Sign Language interpretation at this event.

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All of the events are hosted by Access Fylde Coast, a pioneering project spearheaded by Disability First and funded by the Coastal Communities Fund to boost tourism, bolster the local economy and break down the barriers of disability