DigiFest 2020 was Manchester Histories' first fully digital festival to mark the 50th anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act.
Manchester Histories DigiFest 2020 took place on 7th and 8th September 2020, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons’ Act, pioneered by Alf Morris (Wythenshawe MP, 1964-1997), the first Minister for Disabled People.
Due to Covid-19 and restrictions on gathering together, DigiFest 2020 was a creative solution to ensure we continued to mark this important year. DigiFest was broadcast live from a professional pop up studio in Manchester Central Library, where we welcomed guests live in the studio, via Zoom and through pre-recorded talks and performances. You can visit some of the content on Manchester Histories Youtube Channel here.
DigiFest 2020 also curated an online gallery showcasing work by disabled artists and partner organisations. Visit their websites to find out more about their work Venture Arts, George Parker Conway, Andy Wilde, Gallery Oldham, Henshaws, Louise Stern, Pool Arts, Pure Innovations, Start – Inspiring Minds.
DigiFest explored the legacy of Alf’s Act, celebrated talent and creativity, and prompted conversations and discussion around societal challenges disabled people face in their everyday lives.
Such an important & powerful festival. I could tweet every minute to share with you all the stories & experiences that I am connecting with. Thank you for curating such a creative programme. Celebrating & sharing disabled communities experiences!
2,800 Live broadcast audience figure
75 Open Call Submissions
3 Commissioned short films about Alf Morris and 'Alf's Act'
3 New music commissions by young musicians