Welcome to DigiFest 2020. In-depth. Explore the stories, creativity, views and histories of disabled people.

Also click here to take a tour of the DigiFest 2020 online gallery where you can see a splendid array of artists and arts and cultural organisations work.

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Germination (Extract) Transmission

Laura Grace Simpkinā€™s evocative recording of an extract of a personal

essay detailing months spent at home in and out of hypomania.

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Peter Marshall and Shabaaz interview Boston based Dara Baldwin Director of National Policy for the Centre for Disability Rights.

Picture of placard Wanted Wheels Not Walls

Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP)

A film outlining a history of the organisation, the only one of its kind in the UK and The Disabled Person Movement.

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It's Been Carnage

Dennis Queen's response to the impact of Covid-19 on the disabled community.

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Paul Mittler

Paul talks about his education growing up as a disabled young person in 1970s and thoughts on the future.

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Deaf and Dementia

Talk by Dr Emma Ferguson-Coleman, Research Fellow at University of Manchester.

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Disability and the Tudors

Talk by Phillipa Vincent-Connolly, PHD student at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Images of different people on TV sets

Making Trails and Breaking Barriers Digital theatre performance by young people from Oldham Theatre workshop.

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Unique Human & Different Voices New BAFTA/BFI short films and interview featuring Sam Downie (Autistic Filmmaker and Actor) and Michael Smith (Autistic Filmmaker and Director).

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Proud and Loud Arts

Article 19 -UNCRPD Watch artist Janet Charlesworth's full performance here.

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Meet the Blind Woodturner

Chris lost his sight in 2008 aged 44 and has become the only sponsored professional blind woodturner in the country.

Heart on Sand with foot

Proud Magpie

Writer Rachel Cox talks about disability shame and mental health.

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