Creating Thrive, an arts and music festival for people with complex disabilities
Thrive is the UK’s first arts and music festival designed specifically for people with complex needs. We put accessibility at the heart of our day, and disabled talent under our glittering stage spotlight!
We love festivals! In the UK alone, 30 million people attend festivals every year, according to Statista. The excitement and magic of these events are, for many people, a big part of British summer. However, less than 0.5% of people attending festivals are disabled. That means that less than 1% of disabled people are accessing this experience.
At Sense, we believe that no one should be left out of life. That’s why we’ve created Thrive, a festival with disabled people’s needs and desires at its very centre.
A place to shine bright
Thrive is in its second year, with our last event held in September 2022. Each dazzling festival has been a chance for people to explore new ways of connecting with art, music and each other.
We give the stage over to disabled singers, comedians and creatives – there’s even an open mic opportunity for brave new talent! In the audience, people have equipment to feel the vibrations of the sound and room to dance in whatever way they fancy.
If you’ve not yet been, let us tell you, it’s quite the sensory scene! Here’s what was happening at this year’s Thrive Festival, where the theme was ‘shine bright’:
Plans for Thrive 2023 are underway… watch this space!