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Why the British Council's Arts and Disability programme is such a priority in Europe

By: Joe Turnbull On:

Something exciting is happening across Europe; organisations are opening their eyes to the aesthetic challenge often posed by disabled artists. Joe Turnbull, Assisant Editor of Disability Arts Online speaks to Ben Evans, Head of Arts and Disability, EU Region at the British Council to discuss how sharing expertise can capitalise on this momentum.
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 overview

By: Joe Turnbull On:

A preview of the forthcoming Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, including a selection of Disability Arts International's picks from the programme, information about the British Council's Edinburgh Showcase and a brief discussion of the access features on offer at this year's festival. 
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Moving Beyond Inclusion

By: Joanne Lyons On:

Moving Beyond Inclusion is a Creative Europe funded collaboration between six of Europe's leading inclusive dance companies. Project Producer, Joanne Lyons of UK partner Candoco Dance Company explains the motives, aims and challenges of this ambitious initiative.
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ShareMusic's Sophia Alexandersson shares the learning

By: Sophia Alexandersson On:

ShareMusic & Performing Arts is an arts organisation focussing on inclusion based in Sweden, which stages performances and holds courses both domestically and internationally. ShareMusic's Chief Executive and Artistic Director Sophia Alexandersson shares some of the lessons learned from over 14 years of using music and performing arts to foster a more inclusive society, reflecting on their latest production SHANGHAI with The Göteborg Opera.
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DisArt Symposium 2017

By: Benedict Phillips On:

DisArt Symposium is an international symposium of disability arts which took place in Michigan, USA 6-8 April 2017. Benedict Phillips, is a UK-based artist who explores new ways of looking at the world around us. Disability Arts International commissioned Phillips to take an unconventional look at this international conference.
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IntegrART 2017: the relationship between art, politics and disabled bodies

By: Bella Todd On:

IntegrART is a biennial symposium hosted in Zurich which explores the integration of disabled people as artists and audiences within the arts. This year explored the relationship between art, politics and disabled bodies through series of panel debates, talks and performances. British arts journalist, Bella Todd reflects on the issues raised by both the discussions and the nature of the symposium itself.
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IntegrART 2017: performance overview

By: Bella Todd On:

IntegrART is a Swiss-based initiative established in 2007 by Migros Culture Percentage as a means of integrating disabled people within the arts. It hosts a biennial symposium with discussions and performances. British arts journalist, Bella Todd attended the 2017 incarnation, and here assesses the performances.
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Long Distance for Short Films: Oska Bright visits Clermont-Ferrand Festival in France

By: Lizzie Banks On:

Lizzie Banks, producer of Carousel’s biennial Oska Bright Film Festival, reflects on her team’s recent trip to Clermont-Ferrand, Europe’s leading short film showcase and festival.
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The Aesthetics of Access

By: Paul F. Cockburn On:

Arts and equalities journalist Paul F Cockburn asks how the consideration of accessibility has influenced the aesthetics of disability theatre and performance.
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Crossing the Line Festival: leaping over barriers

By: Bella Todd On:

Arts journalist, Bella Todd reflects on Crossing the Line festival, a collaboration between three leading learning-disability theatre companies from across Europe, finding different approaches but some shared experiences.
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