Poster: Independence Festival 1999
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Poster: Independence Festival 1999

Independence Festival 1999 poster


The Independence Festivals were annual national events from 1997 to 2001 celebrating disabled people’s lives and culture. The first 3 were held in Manchester, followed by Birmingham in 2000 and Leeds in 2001. The festivals in Manchester were held in Albert Square and the Town Hall. They were made up of an outside daytime event with a stage for performance, market stalls for organisations and workshops, followed by an indoors evening performance.

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Poster with USA flag in background and red, white and blue text. The text is angled diagonally on the page. 

Text reads "Join the only national celebration of the lives of disabled people
Date for your diary Saturday July 3rd 1999.
Albert Square, Town Hall, Manchester
Independence Festival 99
Six million disabled people - it's got to be good!"
List of activities reads
"1pm 'til late
Street entertainment
Children's Entertainment
Evening Cabaret
Music & Dance Performances
Non Stop Entertainment for Everyone!"

Logos in bottom right corner: Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, Unison and Manchester City Council.