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Kaleidoscope Festival

Monday 8 July – Friday 12 July 2024

A weeklong celebration of neurodiversity, inclusion and the talents of those living with a disability.

Storyhouse, Exchange Square and across Chester


What is Kaleidoscope Festival?

Storyhouse’s hugely popular Kaleidoscope Festival returns to Chester this summer for its fifth edition.

Kaleidoscope Festival is a weeklong programme of performance, events, workshops and activities programmed specifically for and by the learning disabled community.

The yearly festival runs alongside a regular programme of Kaleidoscope events, including regular Open Mic Nights and the hugely popular Kaleidoscope Club Nights.

A man in a green tracksuit doing the splits on stage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Kaleidoscope Festival for?

Kaleidoscope Festival is specifically programmed for and by the learning-disabled community. Our Kaleidoscope focus group help us decide how the festival is run and what events and activities we programme.

The are some events that all are welcome to attend, such as Chester Disability Pride Parade, and performances such as Finding Joy, How To Fall In Love Part 2, and Birdie.

How much are tickets this year?

All events at this year’s Kaleidoscope Festival are either £5 or free – see individual event pages for more specific information.

Carers, support staff or other essential companions can access free tickets by signing up to the access register here.

For further support with your booking, please get in touch with our Customer Service team at

Where are the events taking place?

This year’s festival will take place across a number of different locations.

Some events will take place in Storyhouse, including the Garret Bar and Theatre spaces, the cinema, and The Kitchen. Others will take place outside the building and across the city.

How can I get involved with Kaleidoscope?

If you’d like more information about Kaleidoscope Festival or would like to ask about getting involved with the festival or other Kaleidoscope events in the future, you can get in touch with our Communities Manager at

“I describe the festival as promising a truly kaleidoscopic range of events to appeal to audiences, and this year’s programme, which has been designed in collaboration with a disability-led focus group, really underlines that.”

Nicola, Communities Manager

Coming up…

Events in this season

Event info for Kaleidoscope Club Nights
Two people partying at a Kaleidoscope Club Night.

Kaleidoscope Club Nights

3 May–4 Oct 2024
At Storyhouse
Event Info & Tickets
Event info for Kaleidoscope: Monthly Open Mic
A man performing in front of a microphone at Kaleidoscope Festival.

Kaleidoscope: Monthly Open Mic

16 May–19 Dec 2024
At Garret Theatre
Event Info