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Performers from Mozambique, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and the UK will perform in Hijinx Unity Festival this July in the centre of Cardiff and at the Wales Millennium Centre. Music, dance, theatre, puppetry and circus take to the streets for a celebration of the best inclusive and disability arts from around the world.

The festival, created by Welsh theatre company Hijinx, promotes positive images of disability and social inclusion to audiences and has grown to attract over 10,000 visitors a time since its creation in 2008.

Highlights of the 2015 line up include a weekend of free performances on The Hayes, Cardiff City Centre on July 4-5. Much of the Hayes including Tabernacl church will be transformed into an eye-catching performance space, with more pop up venues in Royal & Morgan Arcade and St Davids 2.

Headlining the weekend are dare-devil French circus artists Cirque Inextremiste with a breath-taking balancing act above the Hayes. They will be joined by German theatre company Blaumeier-Atelier, puppetry theatre specialists About Face Theatre, Seville-based dance company Danza Mobile, visually impaired trapeze artist Amelia Cavallo and Hijinx s own pop-up theatre shows The Pods,to name but a few acts. Internationally renowned dancer, Marc Brew, and his company will perform a dance piece set on a deserted island made from six tonnes of sand.

The Festival also offers a ticketed programme of work at Wales Millennium Centre from 1-5 July, including hard-hitting dance from Mozambican artist Panaibra Canda, spell-binding dance theatre from Italian company Teatro la Ribalta, physical theatre from Belgian company Theater Stap and Cirque Inextremiste s new show Extension in which one performer trades in his wheelchair for a mini-digger.

Hijinx Unity Festival runs from July 1-5 in Cardiff Tickets are on sale now and are available from Wales Millennium Centre on 02920 636464 and at wmc.org.uk. For the full programme and more information on the Festival including information on accessibility, see www.hijinxunity.org.uk.

Image: Beneath The Streets - Simon Gough