Photo of artist Rachael Young performing NIGHTCLUBBING. Her head is back, arms wrapped around herself, and eyes closed.
NIGHTCLUBBING, Rachael Young.  ©

Marcus Hessenberg

Wednesday 13 January 2021 to Sunday 17 January 2021

Southbank Centre's fifth Unlimited festival – running from 13–17 January – celebrates the artistic vision of disabled artists with dance, performance, comedy, film, talks, workshops and art. There are options for audiences either to watch events live or to watch on demand in their own time

Tickets for all events are free (with the exception of Abnormally Funny People comedy). You are able to book directly online via the Southbank Centre website .

Click here for the full festival programme


British Council are proud to be supporting the festival this year which includes the following:

Unlimited Discuss... International Perspectives

Join us on Friday 15 January at 14:30 (GMT) for ‘Unlimited Discusses… International Perspectives’, an online talk with international artists and producers including Hana Madness (Indonesia), Syrus Marcus Ware (Canada) and Chun-shan (Sandie) Yi (Taiwan/USA). The discussion is partnered by the British Council and chaired by Neil Webb, the Director Theatre and Dance and asks: how can we work with people around the world to build a more inclusive future? What can we do practically when travel and touring are hard? And how can disabled arts practitioners take a leading role?’ 

Tickets can be booked for all Unlimited Discuss... events here .

How can I get involved?

  • International practitioners: If you’re a disability arts professional based outside the UK and you’d like to find out more about networking opportunities, email
  • Everyone else: If you're interested in meeting artists and joining conversations, check out the pitches, talks programme and post-event Q&As on the Southbank Centre’s website.

What is Unlimited?

The Unlimited festival and the Unlimited commissions programme help to embed work by disabled artists, across all artforms, within the cultural sector. The initiatives aspire to reach new audiences and to change perceptions of disabled people.

The Unlimited festival, first held alongside the London 2012 Paralympic Games, is run by the Southbank Centre. It predominantly showcases work made through the Unlimited commissioning programme, which is delivered by Shape Arts (a disability-led arts organisation) and Artsadmin (a producing organisation). The Unlimited commissions programme is the world’s largest commissioning programme for disability arts. Since 2013, it has awarded over £4 million to over 330 disabled artists and companies, whose work has reached more than 2.6 million people live and online.

As well as the British Council, Unlimited’s key partners include, or have included: Arts Council EnglandArts Council of Northern IrelandArts Council of WalesCreative ScotlandLOCOG and Spirit of 2012.

How does the British Council work with Unlimited?

The British Council has partnered the Unlimited commissions programme since it began in 2008 and has supported two rounds of international commissions, and offers training and advice on working internationally to UK artists.

British Council funds a placement programme for disabled arts professionals from outside the UK to gain valuable experience working with the Unlimited team. In previous years, international delegates have been invited to attend the Unlimited festival and join special networking events. In 2021, due to travel restrictions, the online events detailed above are replacing these in-person delegations. Projects are supported and developed with Unlimited artists and international delegates all over the world, including tours and training, government consultancy and new artistic collaborations.