Polish Deaf artists discuss what they need from the arts & culture sector

Date: July 2, 2020 - July 2, 2020
Location: Poland

On Thursday 2 July at 19:00 CET (18:00 BST), Europe Beyond Access will host a conversation between two Polish Deaf artists, Marta Abramczyk and Adam Stoyanov, as they discuss how they have been maintaining their artistic practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, trends in Polish Deaf theatre, and what needs to happen within the arts and culture sectors to enable full accessibility to Deaf artists and audiences.

This conversation will be hosted on the Facebook pages of: Europe Beyond Access, British Council Poland, and Instytut Teatralny im. Zbigniewa Raszewskiego.

Marta and Adam both performed in Wojtek Ziemilski’s production One Gesture (which premiered at Nowy Theatr), a performance that explores the limits of language and the depth of communication that sign language offers. More recently, they performed in and helped to develop Opera dla Głuchych (Deaf Opera) at Studio Teatr in Warsaw.

Marta is also the founder of the group Aktywni to my (Active is Us) and the author of Usłysz Nas (Hear Us), a project that previously won the 1st Award of the Warsaw Stock Exchange of Cultural Education Programs.

Adam is a Deaf poet who creates flash poetry in Polish sign language. He also delivers workshops with Nowy Theatr (here you can watch his short lesson that teaches basic phrases to communicate with the Deaf community).

This event featuring Marta and Adam in conversation will also be captioned in Polish.

An English transcript will be available to enable the exchange of ideas with other artists across Europe.

Europe Beyond Access is a transnational arts and disability programme focused on championing disabled artists across Europe. To deliver the programme in Poland, British Council works with Instytut Muzyki i Tańca, Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. 

Europe Beyond Access is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.