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National Paralympic Day featuring Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival and Anniversary Games

26 July 2015

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The Mayor’s Liberty Festival and National Paralympic Day provide a thrilling climax to a fantastic weekend of sport at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Liberty Festival

Three great events come together over 24, 25 and 26 July in the Park: Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival, National Paralympic Day and Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.

Don’t miss your chance to see world class sports, enjoy a free arts festival with live music, dance and aerial theatre, plus lots of family-friendly fun.

National Paralympic Day featuring Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival

Paralympic superstars and Deaf and disability arts come together on Sunday 26 July for National Paralympic Day featuring Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival. Paralympic superstars Ellie Simmonds, Ollie Hynd and Jessica-Jane Applegate will lead an all-star line-up of athletes hoping to create a splash in the London Aquatics Centre for National Paralympic Day. Book your swimming tickets via Ticketmaster.

If you want to get more involved in the sporting fun, there’ll be a range of ‘Come and Try’ sports taking place throughout the day, including athletics, judo and wheelchair tennis.

The Mayor’s Liberty Festival forms the cultural highlight of this year’s National Paralympic Day and brings you a colourful, high-energy, interactive and free afternoon of Deaf and disability arts. Enjoy live music, dance, aerial performances, film, food and more.

For full details of what is happening throughout the day, you can download the National Paralympic Day featuring the Mayor of London's Liberty Festival programme here.

For an audio described version of the brochure, please click on the Access information tab above. 

Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games

Get your weekend off to a thrilling start as Team GB and Paralympics GB return to the former Olympic Stadium on 24, 25 and 26 July. Mo Farah, Jessica-Ennis-Hill and David Weir are among some of the big names competing over the three-day athletic spectacular. Book your tickets to be part of the unrivalled weekend of top-class sport at the Park via Ticketmaster.

The Mayor puts on and supports lots of different events to celebrate the many cultures and communities of London. To find out what’s coming up sign up to the Events newsletter.

Liberty Festival

Liberty Festival

This free outdoor summer event, which runs from 1pm – 6.30pm on Sunday 26 July, features an incredible line-up of Deaf and disability arts. There’ll be something for everyone with live music, DJs, aerial theatre and dance performances, performing arts premieres, storytelling sessions, film installations, food and more.

Watch highlights from last year’s event 

The entire event is inclusive and accessible with facilities including audio description, roaming personal assistants and interpreters all on offer throughout the day.

Music stage

  • Joan Coffey, Irish-born and London based singer-songwriter. 
  • Hassan Eraji, Moroccan master musician – singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, entertainer and story teller. 
  • Inner Visions/Baluji Orchestra, Indian maestro and musical director Baluji Shrivastav, has brought together incredible musicians from around the world who are blind or partially sighted. 
  • Sonic Vistas devised and led by Ivan Riches supported by Drake Music. Dance music with big beats to include deaf access, from a group of disabled musicians using assistive music technology.
  • Revenge of Calculon, Duo playing music which combines lo-fi beats, funk, radio static and overweight 1970s analogue synths. 
  • Mbongwana Star, a 7 piece band from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, featuring Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza, 2 former members of Staff Benda Bilili. Fresh from a European Tour including performance at Womad, Mbongwana Star are a fantastic finale for the 2015 Liberty Festival.

New Premieres 

Liberty premieres two new works commissioned thanks to lottery funding from Arts Council England. 

  • 'ComBUStion' Extant, Britain's leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired people, are creating a new work with playful public realm arts company, Bureau of Silly Ideas. Together they invite you to form an orderly queue at the bus stop, and wait for your chance to participate in a London Bus ride with a difference...
  • 'Shamal', a collaboration between visual artist Rachel Gadsden and Alan Parkinson's Architects of Air. This features the 'Arborica' Luminarium, a newly designed inflatable structure, full of light and colour and inspired by Islamic architecture, which provides a luscious backdrop for Gadsden's multi-disciplinary performance. 


  • 'Weighting', a show by Extraordinary Bodies (a partnership between Cirque Bijou and Diverse City). This tells the story of a family living in a grey world of routine and simplicity. Across the bridge the world is full of colour, excitement, and music. However to get to the other side the family have to risk everything.

Children and family

  • Kazzum - Nana’s Jumble, a storytelling performance and social event for children, young people and their families. 
  • Archictects of Air - ‘Arborica’, a monumental inflatable structure designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.
  • CoolTan Arts - ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Portrait Booth, Taking a seaside picture board, CoolTan will transport Liberty visitors to the corners of the atlas for a globetrotting adventure. 

Outdoor dance

  • StopGap - Bill and Bobby, a tribute to the star partnerships of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Referencing a scene from their musical comedy Swing Time, Lucy Bennett and David Toole will take you through a whistle stop tour of a bygone era.
  • Cathy Waller - ‘Louder Than Words’, a brand new dance work set to the sound and rhythm of a live musician. Two dancers compete, test and outdo each other whilst being challenged by the multiple instruments and percussion played in between them. 
  • Wheelchair Dance Sport Association, displays by their leading performers plus free taster sessions.

DJ/MC/Chill zone/Community hub

  • DJ Hub - sets throughout the day from Jamie Renton, Shout! Collective, Heart n Soul DJ’s and Deaf Rave (featuring sign singers)
  • Heart n Soul - Soundlab, digital music making project, exploring ways of using technology to encourage people with learning disabilities to create sound and music. 
  • Acts of Memory in association with Graeae, a collective, multilingual and signed recitation, by memory, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Arts zone

  • Together 2012!, Newham-based group present a community programme of film, arts and performances.
  • Ifeoma Orjiekwe - Ifeoma's Agozie Art Studio, a pop-up art studio featuring Nigerian-inspired arts and crafts activities, infused by the fabrics, bric-a-brac and materials found in Deptford’s market stalls.

Film and screen

  • Big Screen films,  featuring a curated film programme, a new video work by Rachel Gadsden, and a special commissioned video by poet Owen Lowry.


Liberty Festival was awarded a Gold Standard Charter of Best Practice in 2013 by Attitude is Everything in recognition of the continuing commitment shown by the event in improving access for audience and performers. Attitude is Everything works to assist the music industry to understand the requirements of Deaf and disabled people at music venues and festivals.
For 2015 National Paralympic Day featuring Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival will include a range of facilities to ensure the event is accessible to as many people as possible. Details of accessibility at the event will be available nearer the time on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website.
You can download the Liberty Festival Easy Read photo guide here

Liberty Festival is supported by

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National Paralympic Day

National Paralympic Day

A day of fantastic sporting competition is on offer with international  alongside free ‘Come and Try’ sports activities, plus your chance to meet some of the athletes.


There’s an all-star line-up of British swimmers ready to take on their international rivals in the London Aquatics Centre so snap up tickets for just £10 and cheer on your Paralympic GB heroes.

To book tickets, visit the Ticketmaster website.

There’ll be a huge range of outdoor and indoor ‘Come and Try’ sports on offer throughout the day from 11.30pm – 6.30pm, including:

  • Athletics
  • Boccia
  • Cycling
  • Cycling (Static Watt Bikes)
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Goalball
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo
  • New Age Kurling
  • Para Canoe
  • Para Triathlon
  • Powerlifting
  • Rowing
  • Shooting
  • Sitting Volleyball
  • Sports Inside Marquee
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair Tennis

Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games

Sainsbury's Anniversary Games

Many of the world’s finest athletes will head to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.

The prestigious IAAF Diamond League event, taking place on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 July, will see some of the world’s best athletes in action. Olympic champions Greg Rutherford, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah will be looking to draw on their previous success in the iconic London arena three years on from ‘Super Saturday’, where they each struck Olympic gold in the space of 44 truly captivating minutes.

The highlight of this exciting three day event will see Paralympian heroes take centre stage in the final leg of the IPC Grand Prix Series on Sunday afternoon. The glittering line-up includes six times Paralympic champion David Weir who’ll return to the stadium where he won three of his four gold medals at the London 2012 Games.

To book tickets to the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games visit the Ticketmaster website.

Watch the Mayor welcome the Games:

Access information

Access information

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its venues have been designed to be as accessible and inclusive as possible for a wide range of visitors. National Paralympic Day featuring Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival takes place on the South Lawns which is predominantly a hard standing area, with step-free access. Areas of grass will have trackway options to the Main Stage and other Liberty features.

Programme Brochure - Audio Description 

For full details of what is happening at National Paralympic Day featuring the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival, you can listen to an audio described version of the programme brochure here

Getting There

The nearest tube station to the South Lawns is Stratford and the lawns are a 15-20 minute walk from the station:#

  1. Take the escalator or lift up to ‘The Street’ (which is part of the Westfield Shopping Centre);
  2. Follow it along, bear right at Fountain Square toward John Lewis and then left at Jamie’s Italian.
  3. At the end of the passage, cross the road into the Park.
  4. The entrance to the park has temporarily moved when exiting at Westfield, and visitors will need to turn left at the main road and cross the road to the park fifty metres further down.
  5. From there, follow signage or ask stewards for National Paralympic Day featuring Liberty Festival and you will be guided to the South Lawns.

A map of the Olympic Park is available on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website.

There are also several accessible options available to get to the South Lawns:

  • Drop-off point for taxis at Pool Street.
  • 388 public bus from Stratford City Bus Station to the entrance of the Park on Westfield Avenue (check for diversions).
  • An accessible Dial-a-Ride shuttle bus service for disabled people between Stratford Station (platform 13) and the drop-off point. If you are not a Dial-a-Ride member you will be required to fill out a temporary membership form.
  • Blue Badge temporary parking facility on Pool Street (approximately 150m from the Festival site). Pre-booking required and spaces will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Pre-booking for Blue Badge parking can be made by calling: 0800 0722 110. Please quote Blue Badge for National Paralympic Day/Liberty.

Detailed vehicle access information for Drop-off, taxis and Blue Badge parking can be found and downloaded from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website.

Please note:

Temporary transport/access suspension between 4.30pm – 5.30pm

We are unable to provide access to/from the temporary Blue Badge parking on Pool Street, London Aquatics Centre Blue Badge parking, the drop off point or the Dial-a-Ride service between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

This is due to high pedestrian numbers exiting the Olympic Stadium and associated road closures following Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.

Please enjoy the Liberty Festival performances and come and try sports on the South Lawns while you wait.

Access services

Below are some of the accessible services provided on the day:

  • Level access routes throughout the Park.
  • Audio description headsets available at central information and access point.
  • BSL interpretation, induction loops and text services at locations across the event.
  • Roaming personal assistants, interpreters and audio describer.
  • Mobility equipment hire is available from the Park Information & Access Point through Park Mobility, at a charge. Pre-booking is strongly advised. Please note National Paralympic Day Liberty Festival visitors can receive a refund by visiting one of the Event Information & Access Points. 
  • Rest area located near the waterfront.
  • Changing Places facilities available at The Podium.
  • Assistance dogs welcome, spend areas available.

Pre-booking for Park Mobility can be made by calling: 0800 0722 110. Please quote Park Mobility for National Paralympic Day/Liberty.