May 21 2013 Latest news:
by Tim Lamden
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Hundreds of people descended on Tottenham Green Leisure Centre to enjoy a thrilling festival of entertainment to celebrate the power of disability arts and sports.
Ahead of yesterday’s Paralympics Opening Ceremony, the leisure centre in Philip Lane hosted the Mayor of London’s SHOWTIME festival on Sunday, stopping in Haringey as part of a seven-week tour of London boroughs.
Crowds at the festival were treated to dramatic open-air performances and street gigs, as well as offered information on a range of activities available to disabled residents throughout the borough.
Alongside the SHOWTIME activities, Haringey Council also ran the PARAde festival for visitors on the day, which included a number of indoor activites such as free swimming for anyone with a disability and demonstrations from the British Wheelchair Basketball Association.
Outside, arts group Lyrix Organix brought their Relay tour to Haringey with a “360-degree celebration” of outdoor art, involving musicians, spoken word performances, beatboxing and freestyle rap.
Throughout the day, Lyrix Organix artist Joanna Layla, 31, painted a canvas depicting wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan beside a lion.
She said: “It was amazing, there were lots of requests for the canvas to come back to Tottenham. The idea is that as a Paralympian, Ade is calling on the spirit of the lion and its bravery.”
The action-packed day was rounded off by Haringey Mayor Cllr David Browne, who officially adopted the council’s Inclusive and Active 2 strategy, aimed at improving sport and physical activity for disabled residents.
He said: “It was inspiring to see so many disabled people from the borough showing exactly what can be achieved in sports and arts.”