Autism Arts Festival

The Autism Arts Festival will take place in Canterbury on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April 2017. This is the UK’s first festival of arts by and for people on the autistic spectrum.

It has two key aims. First, it is an attempt to develop the idea of a relaxed performance/screening further, to create an entire festival that’s as autism friendly as possible. There will be performances, screenings, workshops and installations, as well as talks by autistic artists and academics. Second, it is intended to be a celebration of autistic creativity, with many of the works in the festival by professional artists on the spectrum.

The Autism Arts Festival is supported by Arts Council England, The Gulbenkian and School of Arts at the University of Kent. Additional funding has been received from University of Kent Public Engagement with Research Fund, the Centre for Popular and Comic Performance and Centre for Cognition and Kinesthetics in Performance.

The Festival is at the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent, and it is taking place outside of term time when the campus will be quiet. The organisers aim to make the venues and the spaces between them as autism-friendly as possible, so if you have any specific requirements please do let them know by emailing

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