Together North East is the first ever large scale festival in the region designed by people with learning disabilities, and there is quite a buzz about it.

The festival is on Saturday, June 27 from 2pm to 10pm.  It is taking place at the Customs House in South Shields and is open to everyone free of charge. The festival has been supported by local councils, health trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

What are the biggest issues for people with learning disabilities? Welfare reform, hate crime and equal rights to employment often hit the headlines. An issue often unaddressed is the right to party!

With the conviction that together everyone achieves more, the event will showcase the achievements of people with learning disabilities, including regional theatre groups, musicians and social enterprises.

An inclusive fashion show, supported by Sunderland University, will see models strutting their stuff on the stage- declaring their position as visible, current, and worthy of a flashbulb or two! A film festival will screen original work by regional film-makers, whilst the outside space will play host to Bollywood dancing, street theatre, live music, and a Latin American Party.

Jodie Williams, festival steering group member and co-chair of the North East Learning Disability Partnership, said: “I’m really excited about the Together North East festival. It’s a real chance to show what people with a learning disability can achieve together. It’s about bringing everyone together with or without a disability to show what having a good life means.”

You can find out more here:

Inclusion North is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the inclusion of people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.  It works throughout the Yorkshire, Humber and North East Region to support people in getting the lives they want.