Time to Act: Two Years On

Date: May 24, 2023 - May 24, 2023

On 24 May, 9:30-11:30 BST, British Council and On The Move will publish more in-depth Europe-wide research on the barriers that disabled artists and audiences experience, with responses from artists and policymakers.

This online event is the official report launch, presenting the opportunity to hear from the researchers and learn about the new findings.

About the event

Two years on from the groundbreaking Time to Act report, British Council has commissioned On the Move, the international cultural mobility network, to conduct a follow-up report looking further into the knowledge gaps in the cultural sector that contribute towards inequalities for disabled artists and audiences.

This new report reveals data-led insights into the accessibility, inclusion, international mobility and professional development of disabled artists in the European performing arts sector, as well as the progress made over the past few years. The report combines a regional focus, covering all the countries participating in the EU’s Creative Europe programme (as well as Switzerland the UK), with more detailed analyses of the progress made in three of the countries where Europe Beyond Access has operated – namely, Italy, Poland, and Sweden.

In this live online event the research team will share the key research findings, and disabled artists and policymakers will share their responses to the report.

Featured speakers

Judith Videcoq, Head of Unit, Creative Europe, European Commission Directorate-General For Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

Massimiliano Smeriglio, MEP and Rapporteur for the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education

Sonja Parmentier, Artist / Teacher / Consultant (NL)

Filip Pawlak, Artist / Producer / Consultant (PL)

Marie Le Sourd, Secretary General, On The Move

Jordi Baltà, Researcher, On The Move

Stéphane Segreto-Aguilar: Network Coordinator Circostrada (FR)

Mickaella Dantas: Artist, Teacher, Consultant (PT)

Kaja Tvedten Jorem: Senior Adviser, Infrastructure and Diversity, Arts & Culture Norway (NOR)

This event will be livestreamed in Zoom. Registration is required.


This event will have International Sign and BSL (British Sign Language).

Live captions will be provided, including options to translate into French, German, Italian, Polish, Serbian, and Spanish.

About Europe Beyond Access

The report is part of Europe Beyond Access, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and aiming at supporting 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 Stegi (Greece), Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany), Per.Art (Serbia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden) and Oriente Occidente (Italy).

Europe Beyond Access’ Dissemination Affiliates are: Acesso Cultura, EUCREA, IETM, ISPA, ONDA, Theatre Institute (Warsaw), and Un-Label.