Funky Llama celebrates the creative talents of adults with different abilities. It involves large-scale performing arts and social events, from club nights to conferences, cabaret nights to festivals.Past events include:
Funky Llama Club Night 2017
Funky Llama took over Pryzm Nightclub on 19th October 2017 with over 750 attending. This was a fully inclusive night of DJs, live music, glitter and dancing with a red carpet fancy dress theme.
Funky Llama Festival 2017
Funky Llama returned to the Hoe in June 2017, with an incredible line-up of acts including StopGap Dance Company, Straight Jacket Legends, Dojo, Electric Sister, DJ Joshie B, Anjali Dance Company and many more.
StopGap Masterclass 2017
Following their performance of The Awakening at Funky Llama Festival, Stopgap Dance Company’s artists, Siobhan and Nadenh led an inclusive dance masterclass based on Stopgap’s outdoor work at TR2. The day included professional class, a chance to learn some rep plus creative exploration of the choreographic tasks used to make the piece.
Creative Explorations and Moving Forward 2017
This was a unique partnership between Funky Llama, Extraordinary Bodies and Diverse City to deliver four days of masterclasses across two projects. Creative Explorations was a 4 day programme with Extraordinary Bodies, looking at the theme ‘What Am I Worth?’. Joined by members of Project X and Funky Llama differently abled artists, the group explored what they can do with their bodies; to play games, share stories and learn circus skills.
Moving Forward was a 3 day masterclass delivered by Diverse City, bringing together 20 aspiring artists aged 16-30, from the TRP Creative Learning programme and Dorset’s integrated youth performance company, Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists. Working with theatre, circus, dance and music, the group spent the week creating material for an extraordinary performance celebrating new young talent and collaboration.
Inclusive Rehearsal Room 2017
A partnership between Diverse City and Funky Llama that provided a unique CPD opportunity to experience inclusive rehearsal practice. The training was led by experienced artists drawn from Extraordinary Bodies integrated circus company, and provided delegates with the tools and the confidence to widen access and participation to the performing arts, for disabled and diverse people equally. The workshop was aimed at performers, directors, facilitators and teachers across the arts.
Funky Llama Club Night 2016
Funky Llama took over Pitcher’s Night Club with a Treasure Island themed Club Night, featuring The Femebots, DJ Dolphin, DJ Joshie B and Far Flung Dance Theatre.
Funky Llama Festival 2016
Funky Llama burst back onto the Hoe in June 2016 with acts including Lizzie Emeh, Land of the Giants, The Femebots, Far Flung Dance Theatre, The Majestic and many more.
Funky Llama Club Night 2015
Our Wild West themed Club Night went mainstream in 2015, taking place at Varsity and featuring DJ’s, live bands, cabaret and dancing. Acts included DJ Joshie B, Luke Lundin and DJ Dolphin.
Funky Llama Festival 2015
This inclusive urban festival on Plymouth Hoe was bigger and funkier than ever before with a fantastic line up of DJs, dance artists, bands and theatre performances from all across the UK. Shortlisted for Pride of Plymouth Community Award.
Differently Abled – Driving Change Conference 2015
This conference hosted by the Theatre Royal Plymouth was an opportunity for service providers, practitioners, artists and anyone interested in inclusive arts in the South West to come together to share best practice. Keynote speakers included Paul Richards from the International Stay Up Late and Gig Buddies Campaign and Alice Chutter from dance collective Diverse City. The event also allowed for open space discussions and workshops throughout the day.
Funky Llama Club Night 2014
The inclusive space-themed club night lifted off in spectacular fashion as everyone partied into the night to acts including Luke Lundin, Kyle Coleman and The Fish Police.
Funky Llama Festival 2014
An outdoor urban celebration, party and cutting-edge performance event all rolled into one for summer 2014 at our Production and Learning centre. A sunny day of live bands, DJs, performance, dance, cabaret, workshops and fun.
Funky Llama Club Night 2013
The first event in our four-year programme of Funky Llama events saw our Production and Learning centre at TR2 in Cattedown transformed into a huge night club with DJs, dancing, bars and open mic sessions.
Funky Llama Cabaret 2010
Our first Funky Llama event transformed The Drum into a cabaret style space with chairs and tables, banners, a bar and a ceramics exhibition. The night included everything from Shakespeare’s witches to dance, singing, drumming, live music and stand up comedy, and ended with karaoke and a balloon drop.
We invited people with learning disabilities from all around the city to join the Funky Llama crew. In the run up to the night we explored drama, performance skills, visual arts and making. The Funky Llama Crew created performances and dressed the venue. Music groups from Plymouth Music Zone also contributed to the night.
In 2015 Funky Llama Piloted Stay Up Late campaigns Gig Buddies Project. This year 5 pairs formed friendships and attended our events. If you are interested in finding out more about Funky Llama’s Gig Buddies please contact Sara Baldwin at email@example.com or on 01752 230378.Tweet