Accessible events at Imagine 2018

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:25

Imagine is one of our most popular festivals, each year presenting a fantastic line-up of authors, performances, workshops and opportunities for kids to have a great time.

At Southbank Centre all our venues are wheelchair accessible and we make provision for people with hearing impairments wherever possible. But for Imagine 2018 we’ve added some extra special events for children with disabilities – read on to find out more.

Heroes of the Imagination

For everyone

I have Tourette syndrome and here’s why I want you to laugh - Jess Thom | Comment is Free

Video: Jess Thom talks about why Tourette’s can have its funny side

Join us for two days of free, fully accessible, multi-sensory drop-in activities for disabled and non-disabled children (and their grown up sidekicks). Jess Thom, AKA Touretteshero, and her team are here to help children develop their own superhero identities and create the costume and the moves to fit. All ages.

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Living Paintings

For children who are blind or have visual impairments

This event has been designed especially for children who are blind or have visual impairment, which is led by Living Paintings, the only charity in the UK who design, create and publish tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people. It is aimed at children aged 5 – 7, accompanied by an adult.

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Sensational Sensory Poetry

For children who are blind or have visual impairments

Shelley Boden proves that poems are not just for the pages of books, in this event designed especially for children who are blind or have visual impairments. This workshop is aimed at children aged 6 – 10, accompanied by an adult.

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Through the Eyes of Me with Jon Roberts

Relaxed performances

Through The Eyes of Me by Jon Roberts

Welcome to the world of Kya, who loves to run, read and eat ice cream. Through the Eyes of Me is a joyful picture book that describes the everyday life of a child with autism. Join Jon Roberts as he discusses and reads from his book in this event which is ideal for all children, including those who are on the autistic spectrum or who have special education needs. For ages 6-9.

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BSL interpreted

Windibops Promo

Windibops combines dance, science and characters with names that are, quite frankly, preposterous (Daisy Parphead, for example). So as you can imagine, it’s a lot of fun – and you might learn something at the same time. Created by Moxie Brawl, this show is suitable for ages 5+ and all performances are BSL interpreted.

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An afternoon with Jacqueline Wilson

BSL interpreted

Wave Me Goodbye by Jacqueline Wilson

Bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson discusses her much-loved characters like Hetty Feather and Tracy Beaker, as well as her latest paperback, Wave Me Goodbye, a novel set at the start of World War Two. This event is best for children aged 9 – 12 and is BSL interpreted.

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Harry Hill presents Matt Millz

BSL interpreted

Harry Hill reads an extract from Matt Millz

Harry Hill is famous for his brilliant comedy, but now he has written a book for children and he is coming to Imagine to introduce it to you. It's all about Matt Millz, who is Britain's best young comedian – at least in his own head, he is. Harry is joined by illustrator Steve May, and you can expect live drawing, plenty of humour and even a joke-telling competition. This event is BSL interpreted and best for children aged 8 – 12. 

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Snigel and Friends

For 0 – 1s


Caroline Bowditch, a disabled dancer, stars as an inquisitive snail in this charming show for babies aged 12 months and under. She is joined by dancers Welly O’Brien/Alex McCabe and performer and musician Zac Scott to create a gentle yet stimulating sensory experience for the very youngest audiences and their grown-ups.

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Access at Southbank Centre

We are working hard to ensure Southbank Centre facilities and events are available to as wide an audience as possible. Find out more about accessible facilities, step-free routes, help available on site and how to keep updated with our accessible programme by clicking below.

Find all the access events for the 2018 Imagine festival in one place

access events