Project hosts sixth annual Come on Down festival

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A festival of creativity for learning disabled people has taken place for its sixth year.

Headway Arts’ annual Come On Down festival saw learning disabled people performing over three days.

Headway Arts in Blyth holding their 'come On Down' Festival for learning disabled people.  GM022968

Headway Arts in Blyth holding their 'come On Down' Festival for learning disabled people. GM022968

The Come Together project was awarded £245,622 over five years from Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund and as part of this project host this regional festival this week.

Creative director Alison Walton-Robson said: “Our company of artists at Headway arts has worked hard to make this festival the best yet.

“I’m very proud to say our unique festival offers a voice and opportunity for learning disabled people across the region to be involved in cultural activity.

“The quality of work is very high. It’s been a fantastic week so far. Often the cultural contribution disabled people can make is undervalued, underestimated or simply ignored – we aim to change this.”

The company has launched a £2m fundraising campaign to redevelop and transform The Old Church into a state of the art facility for creativity and arts in Northumberland.

Alison added: “We have been based in Blyth for 18 years and have very strong roots here, a fantastic local support network and brilliant partners who are helping with this big task, together we will create a really special sustainable arts resource for people in the town, the county and beyond.”

Visit www.headwayhq.co.uk for more information.