Manchester Histories DigiFest 2020.

Manchester Histories DigiFest 2020 is now over, we were delighted to welcome over 3,000 online viewers for a weekend of brilliant and varied work. It all marked and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, pioneered by the late Lord Alf Morris, and 50 years of Disabled People Rights.

It was a joy to have Alf's family in the studio and to view the insightful three short films made in collaboration with Brazen Productions about his life and the act, which changed the lives of so many disabled people all over the world.

Lady Morris looking at broadcast screen

Jackie Hagan - DigiFest Studio

We thank everyone who contributed to DigiFest 2020. It was a great success!

You can still see a lot of the digital content in our in-depth section and online gallery.

Click here for In-depth. Click here for online gallery.

Or peek behind the scenes to view our collection of photos taken over the two days. Click here.

You can also watch the live broadcasts again. 

Friday 4th September 2020.Opening night. Click here.

Saturday 5th September 2020. Broadcast. Click here.

To view the DigiFest 2020 programme again. Click here.

As part of Manchester Histories DigiFest 2020 we also collaborated with Drake Music to commissions three young disabled musicians to make new work in response to Alf's Act and the themes of the festival.

Lucy Hale, James Holt and Ollie Hyland produced some brilliant music to bring the festival to life.

Image of Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale composed a solo piece for cello, 'Warning, Falling On Ears That Refused to Hear', which was performed live in the studio by Cellist Georgina Assgaard as part of the opening night. You can view again here. Opening night. Click here.

Lucy also made a short video and description to explain her work.

Click here to view video.

Click here for audio description. 

Manchester Histories DigiFest 2020 was a collaborative programme between The University of Manchester, the family of the late Lord Morris of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester’s Students’ Union, the TUC (Manchester), Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People. Also, a big thank you to all our funders who made DigiFest 2020 possible.

List of funders logo supporting DigiFest 2020

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