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Stretching the Physicality of Dance

By: Tanja Erhart On:

Stretching the Physicality of Dance was a conference held at Uferstudios in Berlin 21-23 August this year (2017). The conference aimed to push beyond expectations on contemporary dance, disability and diversity. It is one of the events which takes place in the context of Moving Beyond Inclusion, a Creative Europe funded collaboration between six of Europe's leading inclusive dance companies. Stretching the Physicality of Dance was organised by German partner tanzfähig. Candoco Dance Company artist, Tanja Erhart reflects on the event.
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The Republic of Inclusion: utopian strivings for better access and inclusion

By: Sarah Garton Stanley On:

The Republic of Inclusion was the culmination of a two-year dramaturgical and theatre-based inquiry about stories being told outside of so-called conventional theatrical fare. The project was produced by English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre. Project co-Curator Sarah Garton Stanley reflects on some of the findings and their implications for access and inclusion.
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Arts Council England: How leadership from a funder can facilitate greater diversity and accessibility

By: Abid Hussain On:

Arts Council England’s Head of Diversity, Abid Hussain explains some of the organisation’s recent initiatives to improve the diversity and accessibility of the UK’s arts sector. This includes: flagship disability commissioning programme, Unlimited; diversity strategic funding through its Elevate and Change Makers programmes; a big drive to capture diversity data and hold publicly funded organisations to account with it; and, adding budget categories for access for both artists and audiences into its funding application process. 
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The European Cultural Foundation: fostering a more open and inclusive Europe

By: Joe Turnbull On:

The European Cultural Foundation is a grant-making organisation which supports the role of culture in facilitating a more open and inclusive society across Europe. It was established in Geneva in 1954, to ensue culture played a part in Europe’s post-war rebuilding. The organisation’s headquarters have since moved to Amsterdam. Joe Turnbull speaks to Grants Programmes Officers Nicola Mullenger and Helena Rytilahti about their work.
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The British Council's Edinburgh Artist Development programme

By: Joe Turnbull On:

In August 2017, the British Council ran a career development opportunity for eight disabled and/or BAME (black and minority ethnic) artists to experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; seeing shows, attending talks and networking. We get the perspectives of the Programme Manager and one of the artists who attended.
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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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