Supporting disabled performing artists to innovate, build sustainable careers, and transform Europe’s cultural sector

  • Dennis Seidal (Meine Damen und Herren): Ten Meters in the Wild West (c) Simone Scardovelli


Across the performing arts and across Europe disabled artists are pushing the boundaries of form, and are presenting audiences, fellow artists and arts professionals with one of the creative opportunities of our time.

Europe Beyond Access will support disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. The core partners of the project are British Council (operating for this project in the UK and Poland), Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece); Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany); Per.Art (Serbia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Oriente Occidente (Italy). It is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.

Our 7 arts organisations will:

- Support disabled artists to internationalise their artistic innovations and their careers;

- Develop a network of leading mainstream organisations with a commitment to present and commission at the highest level;

- Build European audiences interested in high-quality innovative work by Europe’s disabled artists;

- Develop tools and understanding in the wider performing arts market;

- Collaborate with many of the world’s leading arts networks to champion excellent artistic works, and to educate arts professionals.


An audio-flyer introducing the project (especially useful for visually impaired users) is available here:

A short film introducing the project is also available below.

British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Our work in arts creates new relationships between artists, organisations and audiences to develop stronger creative sectors around the world.

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Onassis Stegi

Onassis Stegi is the place where contemporary culture meets aesthetics and science. A space where questions are asked, which query givens, with an ultimate goal of generating actions, interventions and ideas which shape and shake society.

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Kampnagel is Germany’s largest production centre for contemporary performing arts. Its program is made up of international works of theatre, dance, performance and music as well as productions by Hamburg artists.

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Per.Art is an independent organisation in Serbia. Since 1999, its program “Art and Inclusion” gathers artists with and without learning disabilities and culture professionals active in the field of contemporary performing arts in Serbia.

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Skånes Dansteater

Skånes Dansteater is Sweden’s largest independent dance company. We commission creations performed in our own venue in Malmö, nationally and internationally. In addition to our performances, we run several community projects and organize an annual dance festival.

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Holland Dance Festival

Holland Dance Festival is a major national organisation with experience of offering local disabled aspiring artists opportunity to work at a professional level for the first time.

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Oriente Occidente

Oriente Occidente is one of the most important contemporary dance festivals in Italy, established in 1981. The Festival is a research centre based in Rovereto. East and West are poles of an ideal route of exchanges between cultures, genres and languages.

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Artistic Exchanges

Exchange between European artists is at the heart of Europe Beyond Access. It will include 5 laboratories, 12 solo residencies, 8 group residencies and a digital exchange programme.

Artistic Exchanges
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Public Performances and Commissions

Europe Beyond Access sees an unprecedented trans-national investment in presenting, supporting and commissioning the work of world-class disabled performing artists.

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Audience Development and Engagement

Europe Beyond Access is committed to developing audiences for the work of disabled artists.

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Capacity Building

Europe Beyond Access will build the capacity of two key groups of arts professionals at either end of the cultural market.

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