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RAREfest22: The launch vent ‘Strictly Rare’

The evening launch of RAREfest22: 'Strictly Rare' An evening to challenge perceptions, dispel myths and imagine the possible.

  • 25th November 2022 - 25th November 2022
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

RAREfest! A first-of-its kind festival conceived and brought to you by Cambridge Rare Disease Network (CamRARE).

This RAREfest launch evening opens the biannual science, technology, community and arts festival. An evening of performance, talks, music and comedy and the UK launch of the Days of Rare photography exhibition. An evening to challenge perceptions, dispel myths and imagine the possible.

In Cambridge people come out in their droves to be dazzled and captivated by science, technology, arts and literary festivals. We figured you simply can’t have too many festivals and we needed one of our own.

Are you curious about the world? Fascinated by the wonders of medicine and science? Are you intrigued by how technology can make people’s lives better? Do you enjoy learning about other people’s lives and dispelling some of the mystery? Then RAREfest is for you.

Head to the RAREfest website for more details here


18:30 Doors open for mingling and refreshments (paid bar)

19:00 Welcome

19:05 Rare Revolution Youth – Brothers Eddison and Raife Miller host a rare quiz and myth busters session. Fingers on buzzers!

19:35 Unique Feet performance. CamRARE’s children and young people’s community take to the stage with ‘Strictly RARE’ . Dancing with joy rarely seen

19:50 Rare entrepreneurs. Channelling joy and talent into business. Dylan Lombard “I may look a bit different but I have something to show the world.” Glaswegian teenager Dylan uses photography to connect

20:10 Comedy with Phil ‘Badger’ SmithLiving with early onset Parkinson’s is no joke. But for Phil from Birmingham, ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine’.

20:20 An exploration of the possible with John Willis, founder of Power2InspireJohn was born without fully formed arms & legs. He believes that difference is a blessing not a curse.

20:55 Music (news coming soon)

20:55 Wrapping up

21:00 Close

Come back tomorrow at 10am for the RAREfest22 hands on science, technology and arts exhibition and live talks, panels, monologues and more!! Get your FREE ticket here

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  • Bar
  • Car Parking
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Disabled Guests

Accessibility Facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Blue Badge Parking
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
  • Staff available to assist
  • Wheel chair accessible

Did you know?

One of Cambridge’s most eye-catching pieces of public art is the Snowy Farr sculpture in the Market Square.