Marquee magic and Halloween entertainment heads to Central Park in Plymouth in October as the Funky Llama Festival returns.
Theater Royal Plymouth will host the event with an inclusive and accessible program from TRP’s Funky Llama Steering Group.
Funky Llama challenges stereotypes and celebrates the creative talents of adults with disabilities. It involves large-scale inclusive performing arts and social events, as well as an increase in the number of artistic opportunities available across the region.
With wild costumes, wacky workshops and magical moments, the theater promises a much needed festival fix after lockdown.
There will be live music, DJs, craft stalls, a fully licensed bar, circus acts, a circus play area, comedies by local and national artists and the latest show from Extraordinary. Bodies – Human, a circus company for the disabled and the non-disabled and partnership between Diverse City and Cirque Bijou.
Victoria Whelan, Head of Engagement at Theater Royal Plymouth, said: “We are delighted to have such an important festival that gives voice and celebrates this sector.
“Funky Llama is one of TRP’s flagship community projects and following the events of last year, we are thrilled to be able to bring people together to celebrate each other.
“With a marquee in the heart of the city in Central Park, the vision for this event was created by our steering group of different capacities who worked incredibly hard to make this event a reality for 2021.”
Tickets are on sale to the public now and can be booked online at theatreroyal.com or by calling the Theater Royal Plymouth Box Office on 01752 267222.
The Funky Llama Festival 2021 will be held in Central Park, Plymouth, on Friday October 29 and Saturday October 30 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The price for the two-day event package is £ 15.
The festival welcomes families and friends, open to all ages and all levels. The party continues into the sunset with cabaret acts, live music and a silent disco.
James Bridgewater, member of TRP’s Funky Llama Steering Group, said: “The festival is a great opportunity to show off what we can do and to party with live music and dance together.
“It’s also a chance to influence some of the decisions that are made and let people know who we are and what we can do.
“There is a lot of disability-friendly stuff in Bristol and further north, but not a lot in the southwest other than Funky Llama.”
Fully accessible changing rooms will be available on the festival site. Scheduled BSL interpretive shows, an on-site guide dog rest area, and a festival audio guide are also available. The full range will be announced in summer 2021.
The festival is an inclusive event which is programmed by our Funky Llama steering group with different capacities.
Funky Llama offers people the opportunity to actively participate in creating and delivering a program of inclusive arts events.
Monthly social activities and creative workshops are designed to develop well-being, improve life skills, promote social networking and reduce isolation. You can find out more about The Funky Llama group from the Theater Royal Plymouth.