Flyer: Independence Festival – 1997
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Flyer: Independence Festival – 1997

Image of flyer promoting the  Independence Festival, Manchester, 1997


The Independence Festivals were the first national festivals of disabled people's art and culture in the UK. They ran each year from 1997 to 2001. The first three were in Manchester, then Birmingham in 2000 and Leeds in 2001.


This A5 flyer is portrait oriented with a white background.

At the top in black font, it says ‘Independence Festival 1997 Saturday 20th September, Albert Square, Manchester’.

Below this is an image of a postcard with a lilac background. At the top is the word Independence in multi coloured block capitals.

In the centre of the postcard is a bright, multi coloured cartoon image of 5 people, two wheelchair users, one guide dog owner and one person with a walking stick.

To the left and right of the people are the words ‘Our Voices Will be Heard’, ‘All Over the World’, in multi coloured block capitals.

Below the postcard

In smaller black print is: ‘2.00pm - 1 0.00pm – FREE. Performers include Ian Stanton, Julie McNamara, Johnny Crescendo, Matt Frazer, Get Off Our Backs Theatre Company and many more. • Speakers • Compered by comedy duo Natalie Markham and Mandy Colleran.

  • Disability arts and Exhibitions • Disability Market • Cafe and Food stalls • Children's activities.
  • Afternoon music and comedy performances in Albert Square. • Evening cabaret and disco in the Town Hall • Licensed Bar.

For more information contact Tel / Minicom 0161 234 3684’.

At the bottom of the poster are the logos of Manchester City Council, Manchester Airport, UNISON, GMB, T&G and the European Union