Kent County Council has pledged £2,000 to support an accessible festival for people with disabilities.
Festability returns to Birchington on May 11, after last year’s successful launch attracted 1,700 people to Quex Park.
It was created by parents of disabled children who wanted to give people with disabilities the chance to enjoy the excitement and fun of a festival in a safe and accessible setting.
Two stages will feature bands including The Autistix, Smokin Mavericks and DJ4Blue as well as food and trade stalls, a karaoke tent and messy play area.
KCC’s grant will go towards a quiet zone with sensory lights. There will also be a changing places suite, BSL interpreters and qualified staff to support partygoers.
Each year the council funds around £1m of activities for disabled children and young people in Kent. These include holiday, weekend and after-school clubs and activities.
Mark Walker, KCC’s assistant director for disabled children and young people, said: “Accessibility remains one of the biggest challenges for people living with disabilities and this isn’t just about basic services like seeing GP or finding a changing place.
“Disabled people should be able to go out in their communities, socialise and live as independently as possible.
“This is why events like Festability are a great asset for people living with disabilities and I am pleased we are once again able to support them this year.”
Carrie Wood, manager of Special Needs Advisory and Activities Project and one of the organisers, said: “My main drive in helping to organise this festival was to provide a special occasion my son and others like him could attend.
“Last year we were overwhelmed by how many people attended and how much they enjoyed it, this has really highlighted the demand for a fully inclusive music festival which everyone can attend and enjoy being part of.”
Tickets cost £15 per person, family tickets for four people with two children under 16 are £55. To buy online or see a list of places which sell tickets, visit https://festability.co.uk/online-tickets/.
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