discoveryfestposterChelmsford City Council together with ecdp are running a week-long celebration of the achievements and capabilities of people with a variety of disabilities. The Discovery Festival will run from Monday 25 to Saturday 30 November 2013. The event is in recognition of, and will build up to the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD) which is acknowledged each year on 3 December.

Celebrated globally, the IDPwD aims to promote a positive image of people with disabilities through celebrating their achievements and providing an understanding of disability issues.

This year’s theme is ‘Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all’ and that is exactly what The Discovery Festival will be doing through a series of exciting and engaging activities.

The Festival will take place at a variety of locations across Chelmsford, including High Chelmer and Chelmsford Library and will feature an array of music, dance, arts, workshops and sporting activities. Whether you play Boccia with Paralympic Gold Medallist Dan Bentley, indulge in laughter yoga or have a go at wheelchair dancing, the Discovery Festival really does have something for everyone.

Festivities will culminate on Saturday 30 November with performances from The Big Sing Unite Choir, Dance 21 and the City of Chelmsford Mencap dance group in High Chelmer and the attendance of the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Trevor Miller.

This fantastic event will be a great opportunity for all Chelmsford residents to learn about the impact of living with a disability and the incredible range of

support services available in our area, as well as celebrate the achievements of those with a disability and take part in some fun and interesting activities.

For more information about and to view a full programme for what’s on during the week, please visit