An international disability breakdance crew will open the show for Kylie Minogue’s headline performance at Lytham Festival to celebrate making the five-day event accessible for all.
Dance crew ILL-Abilities will perform at Lytham Festival as part of a partnership between festival organisers Cuffe and Taylor and Access Fylde Coast, a pioneering project spearheaded by Blackpool-based charity Disability First.
ILL-Abilities, whose talented disability dancers have been nominated for an Olivier Award and are seen as global influencers in breakdance and diversity, will bring their energetic and breath-taking moves to the stage to open the show for Kylie on Friday July 12 ahead of Radio 2 DJ Ana Matronic and Brit singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis Bextor.
Disability First and its Access Fylde Coast project, which is supported by the Coastal Communities Fund, are working with Lytham Festival as part of an initiative to address negative experiences across the district for residents and tourists with health or disability conditions.
And as part of the partnership they will provide a British Sign Language Interpreter for all headline acts in the Main Proms Arena from July 10 through to July 14, as well as a fully-serviced Mobiloo for less able festival-goers.
Alan Reid, CEO of Disability First, said: “We are delighted to be working with ILL-Abilities, they are incredibly talented and the audience at Lytham festival will be taken 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.
“This is so important for us to try and break-down barriers of preconceptions and stereotypes of disability. Times have changed around equality, but in 2019 disability has still not caught up with other strands of diversity.
“While lots of improvements have been made by businesses and organisations around providing ramps for wheelchairs there is still a long way to go to help people with sensory, learning and mental health disabilities.
“By providing the Mobiloo, a British Sign Language interpreter and improved access, we will be opening the festival up to so many more people and ensuring that irrespective of physical, sensory or learning disability everyone can attend and enjoy themselves and have a great experience. We are all about creating a place for all.”
In addition to the assistance from Disability First, Lytham Festival 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.
Lytham Festival Event Manager Joe Robinson added: “It is great to be working with Disability First as part of their Access Fylde Coast initiative.
“We have always worked to ensure Lytham Festival and all Cuffe and Taylor events provide the best access and facilities possible to all our customers and we are proud of the service few offer.
“Through Disability First we are able to further enhance this offer at this year’s Lytham Festival and of course we also get to showcase the wonderful talents of ILL-Abilities who will provide an amazing show ahead of that night’s headliner Kylie Minogue.”
ILL-Abilities are an all-star team of differently-abled dancers who formed in 2007 to show the world that anything is possible.
Now global influencers in breakdance and diversity and nominated for an Olivier Award for their “Outstanding Achievement In Dance”, ILL-Abilities’ worldwide theatrical dance performances wow audiences with their energetic, unique and breath-taking moves and sublime choreography.