a celebration of local disabled artists


JOY 2021 will be hosting a varied programme of events around Hammersmith and at the Lyric Hammersmith.


Family Fun Day: free, accessible, inclusive creative activities for the whole family - no need to book, just turn up on the day.


VISUAL ART - 11am - 4pm Saturday 11 September - create a large scale community art piece based on the "paint splashing" technique of the artist Jackson Pollock. Turn-up anytime and join in. We will send you a bespoke poster of the painting you are involved in making. (Lyric Square, King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0QL)

DANCE - 11am - 12pm, 1pm - 2pm and 3pm - 4pm Saturday 11 September - come and dance together again, improvisations led by the integrated dance company Amici Dance Theatre Company (Lyric Square, King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0QL)


Professional Performance Programme - 15 - 17 September 2021
A week of music, theatre and dance performances by local artists at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith. To book tickets and schedule CLICK HERE


Wednesday 15th September 7.30pm – JOY Festival Night 1

The opening night of JOY will showcase some of the best quality disabled artists in the borough. Starting with poetry from Colin Hambrook and Wendy Young, a new dance piece by members or Amici and ending the night listening to music created and performed by Bad Habits.

The Love LOde - alternative spoken word pieces performed by Colin Hambrook and Wendy Young on the theme of love in all its ravages and glory.

When I See Your Face – Dances created from the thoughts and dreams of Rosie after listening to her sister's beautiful album 'Before a New Harbour Can Be Built Difficult Things Must Be Worked Out'. Featuring music from The Vespertine Quintet, live music from Alice Jelaska and Maya McCourt, and poetry from Rosie Leak. The piece captures moments of human struggle, connection, and love.

Bad Habits Medley - Songs of Social Conscience and True-life stories inspired from lockdown and world events presented through an acoustic electric set as a duo. Very intimate and organic.

Thursday 16th September 7.30pm – JOY Festival Night 2

Tonight will feature performances from Rona Topaz, Ignite Me Workshop Theatre and The Gate.

Rona Topaz – Please join singer/songwriter/actress Rona Topaz for an evening of original material and classic songs

All Together Now – Ignite Me Theatre Workshop’s theatrical interpretation of coming out of lockdown, reconnecting, looking forward and appreciating the outdoors.

Gate Custard – A showcase of the talents of the musicians and singers of the Gate, an arts centre for adults with learning disabilities in Shepherds Bush London.

Friday 17th September 7.30pm – JOY Festival Night 3

The final night of JOY will feature performances from Gemma Garwood, dance from KDYoga, poetry from Elinor Rowlands and ending with some music by E-Unique.

The Waiting – A live reading of an original short story by Gemma Garwood.

Dance to the rhythm of your heart – Kdyoga dance crew perform a contemporary dance piece.

To Exist Beyond the Glass – an exploration of Elinor Rowland’s autism through objects in her bedroom. Exploring the experience of autism in the way so many autistic people are so often rendered as objects. Here, she explores what is means to feel and be treated like one.

The Uniquez - E-Unique is a local not-for-profit social enterprise set up to deliver inclusive activities to promote the image and contribution of disabled people, combat stigma and discrimination. They will be showcasing their work from the latest workshops.