M-POWER international conference

Date: April 26, 2023 - April 26, 2023
Location: Greece

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M-POWER international conference kickstarts the discussion around the today and tomorrow of disabled artists; from current challenges to exciting new collaborations and initiatives on the horizon.

PANEL 1: Becoming an Artist: Opportunities and Challenges

Is it “Art by artists with disabilities” or is it just “Art”? Do we need or have to name it? In this panel, we discuss the challenges and opportunities for disabled artists in a professional context in different European countries. We invite artists to share their stories and experiences aiming to map the realities of professional disabled artists and to delineate proposals for good practices in the field.

Moderated by: Filip Pawlak, Τheatre and Dance Producer, Ambassador for Europe Beyond Access in Poland, Performer (Poland), and Christos Papamichael, Theatrologist, Actor, Founder Liminal (Greece)

Speakers: Olga Dalekou, Actress (Greece), Anna Vekiari, Artistic Director “Exis” Inclusive Dance Company, Choreographer, Dance Educator, Dancer, Dance Therapist (Greece), Dan Daw, Artistic Director & CEO of Dan Daw Creative Projects Ltd. (Australia), Diana Niepce, Dancer, Choreographer, Writer (Portugal)

PANEL 2: The Cultural Policies: Realities and Initiatives

What are the existing cultural policies in the field of arts and disability in Europe? This roundtable invites cultural representatives from different European countries to discuss shared shortcomings, as well as to pin down empowering initiatives in relation to the participation and leadership of disabled people in the European cultural sector.

Moderated by: Betina Panagiotara, Dance Theorist, Researcher (Greece)

Speakers: Anna Consolati, General Director, Oriente Occidente (Italy), Maria Vlachou, Executive Director, Acesso Cultura (Portugal), Monika Tsiliberdi, Head of the Directorate for the Development of Contemporary Creation, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (Greece), Kate Marsh, Artist, Researcher (United Kingdom)

You can attend the conference in Zoom, with live translation in English and interpretation in Greek Sign Language.

Register here: https://form.jotform.com/230942427777364?language=en

Find out more here: Μ-POWER Conference | Onassis Foundation