Bands with autism and Down’s Syndrome take to the stage for AutistiX’s Camden tour

AutistiX perform in Kentish Town with spanish band Motxila 21at The Camden Society

AutistiX perform in Kentish Town with spanish band Motxila 21at The Camden Society - Credit: Archant

A Camden band of autistic teenagers have performed on the return leg of a tour with a Spanish band whose members all have Down’s Syndrome.

Camden group The AutistiX and Spanish band Motxila 21, toured together this summer in Spain. Motxila 21 arrived in Camden last week to again perform with the group of autistic teenagers and performed at The Camden Society and at a service for people with learning disabilities in Kentish Town.

The seven-day tour finished with a show at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Newham.

AutistiX band members Luke Steels, 17, Jack Beavan-Duggan, 18, and Saul Zur-Szpiro, 20, were also joined on tour by former member Andreas Lopez-Muro, 18, as well as parents and carers.

Band manager and Saul’s mother Susan Szpiro, of Goldhurst Terrace, South Hampstead, said: “The bands are different in many ways, in culture, in language and in disability, but in our hearts and souls they are so similar.

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“Our mission was to make people aware of this unrecognised talent in people with disability, to look through the disability and see the musician inside.”

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