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Parallel London 2017

It has been a long but very cool day. Lyn and I were up very early (for us) in order to go up to the Olympic Park for the Parallel 2017 festival. Truth be told, I didn't know much about it, other than that L had been working with a new group with links to Drake Music. We had to be there for about nine, so Lyn got a taxi there with Paul while I caught the tube. Once up there I had chance to look around; I found myself in the middle of a huge disability arts festival. Now in it's second year, Parallel London is a fun run, sports and arts festival which took it's cue from the 2012 paralympics. There were all kinds of stalls there showing all kinds of disability equipment. I particularly liked the look of some snazzy looking wheelchairs.

When I hooked up with L we had a coffee then took a look around. Before long though, it was time for her to go and start setting up. There was a big stage set up in one corner of the park. Rather than in the stadium itself, the event was in the beautiful new park area outside of it. In front of the stage a crowd gathered, and soon we were listening to some experimental yet fascinating music. Lyn, needless to say, was in her element.

Their set ended at around three, and we started to make our way home. By then, the park was thronging with disabled people of all kinds. Once again London had surprised me with a unique and fascinating event. Importantly this was one which celebrated disability culture - it just puzzles me that I hadn't heard about it before. Either way it was great to see. No doubt it'll just grow and grow, so now I can't wait 'till next year's.

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