Sensibility Festival

Join us at TouchBase Pears and MAC Birmingham for a celebration of the senses.

Friday 18 May – Sunday 20 May 2018

Sensibility Festival invites you to explore, play and experiment. The programme includes sensory experiences, guided tours, and interactive accessible activities across two venues. The centrepiece of the festival is the Sensory Labyrinth, a large scale interactive arts installation designed to be touched, eaten, smelt, moved and felt.

Sensibility Festival is a unique arts installation that has been co-curated by 60 participants with complex communication needs. Together with local artists they have been exploring dynamic ways to develop accessible and multisensory arts practice. The festival challenges conventions of established art making methods and provides experimental art opportunities that nurture and inspire creative practices.

As part of the work that has been created Interpreters (Deafblind and BSL), captioning and audio description are embedded throughout the festival.

Events will take place at Touchbase Pears, Selly Oak and the Midlands Arts Centre. Transport between venues will be available.

Sensibility has been co-produced by the Midlands Arts Centre, Sense Arts and co-directed by Graeae Theatre Company and Steph Singer (BitterSuite/Open Senses Festival), in collaboration with artists Justin Wiggan, Lynn Cox, Saranjit Birdi and InterACTION.

Festival programme

Download the Festival programme.

Unlock the Sensory Labyrinth

Guided tours Friday and Sunday
Drop in, Saturday only

Experiential guided tours of the Sensory Labyrinth across the two venues allow you to discover all that is on offer. Tours last 2.5 hours and if needed includes transport between the two venues. Tours are available on Friday and Sunday and must be pre-booked. £4 per person (support, guide, companions are free). Book for the Sensory Labyrinth.

Please note that the 10am and 10.30am tours on Sunday will be smaller groups to enable anyone who finds crowds overwhelming to access the event.

Drop in and explore the Sensory Labyrinth independently on Saturday (last entry 4.30pm). Transport between the two venues will be available. Free admission, no booking required.

Sensibility Festival at TouchBase Pears

Get even more from Sensibility Festival by joining us at TouchBase Pears on Friday and Sunday for more fully inclusive sensory events.

Sensory Tea Party

10.30 – 11.30am
Friday and Sunday

A Sensory Tea Party with a difference! Tea and cake will be provided as well as a few sensory treats and surprises.

Tickets are £2 per person (support, guide, companions are free) – book for the Sensory Tea Party.

Dance Performance

2.00 – 3.00pm
Friday and Sunday

A fully immersive and sensory dance performance ‘Suspended Motion’, made in collaboration with interACTION and a team of artistic advisors with complex communication needs, who also perform in the work.

Tickets are £4 per person (support, guide, companions are free) – book for the Dance Performance.

Sensibility is funded by the Arts Council England.

Portrait image above © Franklyn Rodgers


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