The Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival 2013 took place as part of National Paralympic Day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This free event celebrates disability sport and arts a year on from the end of the Paralympic Games.
Commissioned by the festival organiser, GDIF, Mckeown's inflatable installation, entitled 'The Last Thalidomide' part of his Motion Disabled Unlimited, featured as a central highlight welcoming visitors to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
Liberty 2013 showcased the creative talents of deaf and disabled artists and features an exciting mix of street theatre, dance, live music, film, children's activities and stalls. including ‘The Limbless Knight’, an inspiring performance from Graeae whose Artistic Director also co-directed the Paralympic Opening Ceremony with special appearance from singer Andrea Begley, winner of BBC’s ‘The Voice’.
Another attraction included the amazing 'Miracoco Luminarium', a monumental interactive light sculpture. The Park also relived the wonder of the London 2012 Paralympic Games with some of our top Paralympics GB athletes competing against elite opponents from around the world in the newly re-opened sports venue, the Copper Box. Sports include Boccia, Sitting Volleyball and Wheelchair Basketball.