We did it
On 17th June 2019 we successfully raised £5,124 with 77 supporters in 28 days

To create an inclusive 2-day Arts Festival that attracts an audience made up of disabled and non-disabled young people and their families.

by The Ordinary-Extraordinary Team in Dartington Hall, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The young people leading this project are keen to share their ideas with a wider audience, with your support they will work with artists to create an ordinary/extraordinary online presence. The purpose will be to connect learning disabled young people with an interest in the arts and promote participation for all.

Ordinary/Extraordinary is a collaborative arts project enabling learning disabled young people with a vocational interest in the arts to lead the development and delivery of a 2-day Arts Festival in October 2019; to generate participation; broker artist engagement and enable the creation of a wholly inclusive event celebrating connection and mental well-being in music, dance, drama and film at Dartington Hall.

Last years festival created partnerships which have sustained. Dance in Devon, Daisi, Soundart Radio and the Turning Tides Project, Play Torbay and Lifeworks are working collaboratively to enable the young leaders of this project. There is a strong synergy between the aspirations of the young leaders, the arts organisations working as part of the Ordinary/Extraordinary team and the social care providers enabling project development; we all want to create a world where learning disabled people gain equal access to culture and the arts and can use the arts to make social change:                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Not every disabled young person has the chance to show what they can do, what WE can do.” Brioney                                                                                                                                                                                       “We are taking a risk; this is our chance; for people to hear what we want to speak” Lucy, Bryn and Brioney                                                                                                                                  

In the Spring of 2019 a small group of learning disabled young people came together at The Mansion in the heart of Totnes to work out how to use the arts to tackle loneliness in Devon and Torbay - Together they decided an inclusive 2-day art festival could be just the thing to connect local people; in this years festival they want to use drama, dance, music and animation as ways to connect people, celebrate difference and make new friends in an extended festival offer:

They feel Ordinary/Extraordinary could encourage social change; to help them go from: "Sometimes people don't want to be my friend" to “When you feel connected, you can be like friends." They want to "make animations that could talk to politicians" and use animation to "talk about coping with learning disabilities."

The money raised with Crowdfunder will help Ordinary/Extraordinary young leaders with a vocational interest in animation learn new skills working with a professional animator;  make animation shorts to promote the Festival online, lead family workshops at the Festival AND make a short film about loneliness to premiere at the Festival. The funding will also enable Ordinary/Extraordinary young leaders with an interest in music learn skills as music leaders, develop a regular jamming session in Totnes and perform for the first time ever at Ordinary/Extraordinary in the Autumn of 2019.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

Your very own Animation Workshop

To thank you for your HUGE generosity the Ordinary/Extraordinary team would like to offer you an exclusive opportunity - an animation workshop run by them - could be great for your kids or maybe your local school or if that's all a bit to much - tickets to the Festival if you just want to help make it happen.

£20 or more

16 of 250 claimed

A Day Pass to the Ordinary/Extraordinary Festival

A Day Pass to the Ordinary/Extraordinary Festival; "Access All Areas" Fridays programme includes a family quest; a relaxed screening, inclusive dance & drama performances; animation workshops, vintage gaming and live music. Saturdays programme includes dance; drama, parkour & animation workshops, vintage gaming, live music, a collection of short films created by learning disabled young film makers and a relaxed screening of a family favourite.

£20 or more

Be a Festival Angel

Become an Ordinary/Extraordinary Angel and help make this fly. To say thank you all angels will be credited at the event on the Ordinary/Extraordinary Angel Wall.

£30 or more

0 of 80 claimed

An invite to the Ordinary/Extraordinary Seminar

An invite to the Ordinary/Extraordinary Seminar which this year explores well-being and connection for learning disabled young people. Learning disabled young people, Parent/carers, professionals, social care and arts organisations welcome. The event will take place in the extraordinary Great Hall at Dartington, refreshments and lunch included in the price.

£50 or more

0 of 250 claimed

2- day Festival & Seminar Pass - Access all Areas

2-day pass for the Ordinary-Extraordinary Festival & Seminar "Access All Areas" Family fun; a safe space to share ideas, a 'comfortable' place to experience the new, to workshop with artists expert in their art form & in creating an inclusive environment. To participate on your own terms without being judged, to enjoy fabulous festival food - to dance, listen, watch and join in, to be among young artists wanting to make a difference to you.

£50 or more

0 of 10 claimed

An Ordinary/Extraordinary Zumba Class

Some of the young people leading Ordinary/Extraordinary are into keeping fit - they are soon to launch a regular Zumba Class in Totnes to keep fit AND connected all at the same time. For £50 Lifeworks Young Volunteers supported by their Coordinator will come and run a Zumba workshop especially for you and your friends or if that's all a bit to much - tickets to the Festival if you just want to help make it happen.

£100 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A DJ lesson with Ordinary/Extraordinary Music Lead

One of our Music Leaders working with the Turning Tides Project to develop the music component of the Ordinary/Extraordinary Project is himself an expert DJ who has performed in Festivals across the SW - supported by our Young Volunteers Coordinator our Music Lead will help you learn some of his skills and have a go.

£100 or more

0 of 5 claimed

A personal animation made just for you

To say thank you for your investment the learning disabled young artists who you are helping learn new skills in animation will create a personalised animation - just for you - or if that's all a bit to much - tickets to the Festival if you just want to help make it happen.

£150 or more

A DJ for your community event or party

Make your event extraordinary with your very own Ordinary/Extraordinary DJ who comes with Decks; PA and lights all to make your event go with a bang or beat - tell him the type of music you're into and he will try and fit into your vibe! Or if that's all a bit to much - tickets to the Festival if you just want to help make it happen.

£250 or more

Promote your Brand as an Event Sponsor

Local, regional and national business wanting to raise brand awareness in Devon are invited to sponsor the Festival. We will include your business logo on all event marketing. Festival reach is significant; Through the Devon Local Offer we reach over 3000 families with disabled children; through working with Soundart Radio we reach over 8000 local listeners, through working with Dartington Hall we reach 20,000 + arts consumers.

Got an idea like this?

Over £100 million has been raised from our crowd to support the projects they love! Plus tens of millions more unlocked by our partners.