Dadafest Annual Rushton Lecture with Ashok Mistry

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Each year DaDa present our Edward Rushton Social Justice Lecture on the United Nations International Day for People with Disabilities, 3 December, to keep alive the passion and fire demonstrated by Rushton, a Liverpool poet, activist, abolitionist and disabled man.

This year we are thrilled to announce that we have secured a fantastic and insightful keynote speaker for the event, Ashokkumar D Mistry, who will be exploring ‘Reclaiming Nonchalance’ the value of disabled lives, particularly exploring the value of the lives of disabled children and young people.

This is a live in-person event that will be BSL interpreted.

Exploring ‘Reclaiming Nonchalance'

Reclaiming Nonchalance is an invitation to activate ambition through the self-care of actively thinking beyond other people’s expectations. The lecture will dissect artworld mechanics and interrogate how Deaf Disabled and Neurodivergent artists are valued.

“We don’t want to have to be activists - however, it's existential - instead, do we not want disabled artists to be able to make art that doesn’t exist to be worthy but ploughs its own course and the nonchalance of its substance is taken at face value”.

Limited by expectations we are subject to ‘playing-to-the-gallery’ dynamics. Living beyond peoples’ expectations activates our own ambition and forces an understanding through genuine interaction. In this year’s Edward Rushton Lecture, Ashokkumar Mistry addresses the mechanisms for valuing people, valuing everyone.


Tickets are free and can be booked via the link on this page.

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