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Inclusive outdoor festival returns to Wharton Park

Published July 17, 2018 4.13pm

Families are invited to come along to Wharton Park as IncludFEST Durham, an accessible and inclusive arts festival, returns to the city.

IncludFEST 2018

IncludFEST is returning to Wharton Park

This year's event, which takes place on Saturday 28 July, has a bluegrass theme transforming Wharton Park into 'Ways Creek' with opportunities to make your own corndoll and scarecrow, take part in music making workshops with found instruments, and watch live dance performances.

IncludFEST Durham is a free event organised by TIN Arts, a Durham-based inclusive dance and arts organisation, and supported by the council.

Engaging performances

Producer Martin Wilson said: "This event is a fully inclusive festival for families with children with disabilities and without disabilities, where everyone is welcome. We have really worked hard to make sure this year's programme is as exciting as it can be with some real ambition and engaging performances and workshops on offer.

"The day is jam-packed with live dance performances, 'have a go' sessions, themed craft activities and even a large-scale hoedown to finish each day with a Yeehaw!

"We are really grateful to our key supporters Durham County Council who have provided valuable funding to make this event possible alongside our regular funder Arts Council England."

Get involved

Cllr Ossie Johnson, our Cabinet member for tourism, culture, leisure and rural issues, said: "Creative arts should be accessible for all and IncludFEST really does have something for all the family to enjoy.

"The festival gives everyone the chance to get involved in a range of activities from arts and crafts to dancing and we would encourage people to head down to Wharton Park and find out more about what's on offer."

The day starts at 1pm and runs until 5pm, with full listings on the IncludFEST website and more information on the event's Facebook page.

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