Theatre Royal Plymouth - Funky Llama Festival

Theatre Royal Plymouth - Funky Llama Festival

Funky Llama Festival bursts onto the Hoe again this summer bigger and better than before with more extraordinary bands, DJ’s and dance artists from all across the UK. Run by Theatre Royal Plymouth this year’s line-up, including artists with learning disabilities, promises a day to remember when the festival rocks the Hoe from 12 – 10.30pm on Saturday 10 June.

The inclusive festival has a main stage, open mic tent, workshops, yoga, face painting, massages and lots more to keep the whole family entertained. There is something for everyone as activities and live music will be happening throughout the day and into the evening.

The Busketeers, a Plymouth based acoustic band, who have impressed BBC Introducing Devon’s James Santer and have also supported acts such as Phat Bollard and Lucy Spraggan will be playing the mainstage this year. Pop-punk band Straight Jacket Legends return for their second year at the festival. The band mixes a catchy pop rock feel with their own Orchestral Power Punk resulting in a powerfully energetic show.

Alongside live bands, headlining this year’s festival are Stopgap Dance Company who are an inclusive national and international company who employ disabled and non-disabled artists who find innovative ways to collaborate. Also appearing at the festival are Cornwall based Dance group InspirAsian Dance, Birmingham rapper Trademark Blud and Funky Llama MC Spike. Further acts playing at the festival can be found here http://www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2017/funky-llama-festival

Sara Baldwin, Theatre Royal Plymouth Community Projects Producer said “We are very excited to be back on the Hoe for the Funky Llama Festival. This year the festival is set to be even bigger and better, with a top quality and diverse line-up of acts from across the country, including StopGap Dance Company who will be performing ‘The Awakening’ by choreographer Chris Pavia. From the event you can expect a full line-up including DJ’s, bands, theatre, dance, storytelling, crafts, stilt walking, face painting, arts workshops, massage, yoga, a chill out tent, a glitter bar and a range of festival stalls, food and a fully licenced bar. Funky Llama is all about creating accessible and inclusive events and providing authentic social opportunities for adults with different abilities. The festival is a family friendly event that is completely inclusive and open to all.”

The Funky Llama Festival is a fully accessible event, funded by Big Lottery. It is programmed by the differently abled steering group, Driving Force, to make sure everyone can enjoy a fantastic day out. Funky Llama challenges stereo types and celebrates the creative talents of adults with different abilities. It involves large scale performing arts and social events as well as increasing the amount of arts opportunities throughout the region.

Hannah who is part of Driving Force said: "Having a disability myself I often find it hard to access events such as festivals. With Funky Llama being open and available to all there aren't any boundaries. That's what makes it so brilliant. Being part of the steering group that organises such an event is fantastic because it allows me to contribute my ideas throughout the process of planning the festival, and in doing so I am able to make new friends who I would otherwise not have been able to meet"

Tickets for the Festival are £10 for the day, £5 for under-18s or £5 for an evening ticket (entry after 6pm). Enablers go free when accompanying a paid ticket holder. One ticket is free for every six tickets purchased, not including enabler comps. Admission is free for under-5s. Tickets can be bought at the gate on the day or in advance via the Theatre Royal Plymouth Box Office on 01752 267222.

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