MORE than 500 people will tomorrow attend the Festival of Ability, an annual festival that showcases the ability and achievements of people with disabilities.

The festival, which will take place at the Byron Bay Regional Sports and Cultural Complex from 10am to 2pm, will feature various acts, competitions, stalls, and prizes.

"It's important to celebrate the achievements and the abilities of those with disabilities," said Lee Clark, the co-ordinator of the event and one of its founders.

"We want to showcase this to the wider community."

Peta Lipski, a puppeteer with a disability, will be putting on a short stage show at 1pm with puppets that she designed and made herself by hand.

Other performances of the day include a blind ballroom dancer putting on a dance demonstration, and a blind pianist.

There will also be a talent show hosted by Byron comedian and writer Mandy Nolan, and a photo competition, with over 40 entries, called "Removing Barriers".

The festival has over $4000 worth of prizes, with various vouchers in the some of the gift bags that will be given to all attendees.

According to Ms Clark, it is important for the general public to attend, even if they have not been affected by a disability.

"It makes them aware, and shows them what people are capable of," she said.

"There are so many people out there who just get overlooked."

Admission is free, and there will be food and drinks provided, as well as stalls and activities aimed at the whole community.



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