ABOUT ONE FEST

Here we go again… and even better!

OneFest 2023 is all about change. We have joined forces with our amazing sister company, Unanima Theatre, and under that umbrella achieved the status of becoming an Arts Council England, National Portfolio Organisation.

This amazing investment means that OneFest is the fringe festival that’s here to stay. Not only providing Mansfield & Ashfield with a supportive space where all of the community get side by side to experience and enjoy new and exciting theatre, comedy, music and so much more, but gives us a solid platform to continue campaigning for societal levelling up for learning disabled and autistic people…

OneFest is a week-long arts and culture festival held across Mansfield and Ashfield that has the primary aim of smashing the stigma and segregation learning disabled and autistic people face on a societal level. 

In general, learning disabled and autistic people are at best infantilised and at worst ostracised, so we seek to counter this by setting Mansfield and Ashfield alight for a week of culture, partying and a carnival of neurodiverse creative expression.

OneFest gives the learning disabled and autistic the chance to be out, loud and proud and the rest of the community surprise themselves by getting alongside those guys and enjoying it… come on, keep up neurotypicals!

The OneFest line-up for 2023 is rich with high profile professional artists, comedians and creatives, who will bring a variety of entertainment and inspiration, and our accessible community workshops invite you to explore new and spellbinding experiences.

In 2023, we will be kicking the festival off with the brand new Learning Disability PRIDE. This will consist of speeches, a PRIDE parade, and a day-long oasis of partying where EVERYONE is welcome. Learning Disability PRIDE will replace our beloved OneWalk to amplify our voices and campaigning in a way that all can understand. If you know a learning disabled person, come and show your pride in who they are… if you have a learning disability yourself come and be proud of who YOU are!

Have a peek at our programme and dive into a whole new world of inclusive culture and creativity.

We invite you to join us, it’s beautiful here!

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