Join us to celebrate performance art with no barriers at Enrich Festival 2019!

Published: 08 May 2019


Enrich Festival is a free three-day event, taking place in Watford from 7-9 June 2019, created to give space and visibility to amateur and professional artists with additional needs, break down social barriers and challenge misconceptions.

During the festival, which is being jointly funded by Hertfordshire County Council and the National Lottery through Arts Council England, there will be a variety of inclusive performances, workshops and concerts allowing the artists and the audience the chance to spend quality time together in a friendly and prejudice free environment.

Taking place across two popular wheelchair accessible Watford venues; all events are free to attend. O’Neill’s Pub on Station Road will host live music with Brighton’s Beat Express Band opening the Festival on Friday 7 June at 6pm and inclusive Polish rock band Na Gorze taking to the stage on Saturday 8 June at 8pm. Watford Palace Theatre and The Barn on Clarendon Road, will host a wide range of accessible and inclusive performances and workshops across the weekend. A full list of activities and booking information can be found at www.enrichfestival.com. Mind the Gap Theatre, Anjali Dance Company, Herts Inclusive Theatre and Access All Areas are just a few of the amazing artists that will be performing.

Enrich Festival is part of a Relaxed Performance Theatre4All campaign ensuring that all shows are more accessible to those with autism and their families. We promote a relaxed approach to making noise during the shows and coming in and out of the auditorium. There is also a chill-out space available at Watford Palace Theatre for people who would like a break during the performance.

Iain MacBeath, Director of Adult Care Services at Hertfordshire County Council said: “Hertfordshire is lucky to have a diverse community and we welcome the opportunity to have these local and international artists come and celebrate inclusivity here in our county. Enrich Festival is a perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy performing arts in an accessible and supportive environment.

“Everybody is welcome, and we especially want to see lots of people with additional needs and their families and carers attending and getting involved in the events and workshops on offer.”

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted to support Hertfordshire’s Enrich Festival thanks to National Lottery funding. Everybody deserves the opportunity to enjoy and participate in arts and culture, irrespective of their circumstance or background. This project will provide performing artists with additional needs with an important platform to showcase their work, whilst also celebrating the vital importance that diversity offers. Arts, culture and creativity can have a powerful role in breaking down barriers, particularly festivals, which offer such an inclusive experience. I hope that Enrich Festival will give people from across Watford a wonderful opportunity to come together and experience some amazing performances.”

To pre-book your free tickets and guarantee your place(s) visit www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk or call 01923 225 671. You can also join in the conversation and get regular updates on the Enrich Festival Facebook page www.facebook.com/enrichfestival