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SICK! Festival

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

SICK! Festival makes just the kind of art we like: challenging, entertaining and always aimed at changing the world for the better. Tackling themes such as Disability, End-of-Life and Young People & Mental Health, the 2019 edition features visual art, dance and performance which question the way the world works.

Since 2013, SICK! Festival has emerged to embrace issues of wider significance for communities, often tackling those subjects which are often kept hidden from public view and debate. Exploring the complexities and nuances of mental and physical health, the artwork often encompasses real-life perspectives from researchers, health professionals, clinical practitioners, charities and those with lived experience of some of the issues addressed.

SICK! is considered to be the most accessible festival in the UK.

The whole programme is hugely impressive, with all of the events being either free or in the ‘pay between scheme’ (meaning you pay between £5.00 and £15.00). SICK! is considered to be the most accessible festival in the UK.

Featuring visual art, dance and performance which question the way the world works.

Mats Staub’s Death and Birth In My Life and Graphic Encounters, a public space installation, both run for the entirety of the festival and are completely free of charge.

SICK! Festival events will take place right across the city. The Lowry will play host to The Nature of Why, a compelling dance world premiere featuring a live score by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, four phenomenal dancers and an ensemble of musicians from the British Paraorchestra, and The Director, a macabre though high energy piece which explores the death industry.

Offering a frank and raw take on identity, anxiety and youth, Wild Life FM will take over Z-Arts. Billed as a live radio show, part-play and part-gig – we’re very intrigued.

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