International forum-festival Arts Access: art should be accessible to everyone

On 3-5 December 2020, the international online forum-festival Arts Access will take place, dedicated to the art of people with disabilities.

For three days on the Arts Access platform the online audience can enjoy the performances of Ukrainian and European artists and follow the discussions and interviews about the accessibility of art. The forum-festival became possible thanks to the cooperation of the British Council, the Goethe-Institute, Creative Europe Desk in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and the NGO Insha Ostiva. Arts Access is supported by the European Union within the House of Europe programme.

The Arts Access Festival program will give viewers the opportunity to see inclusive artworks from Ukraine, the UK and the EU. The world-famous British dance company Candoco will present the film Unspoken Spoken – five stories of people who questioned unspoken rules and restrictions, told in sign language, voice and movement. German theatre label Rimini Protokoll from Germany will show a play with the provocative title “Chinchilla Arsehole, eyey” starring actors with Tourette's syndrome. Another German company tanzbar_bremen will show a dance performance Touch Me, which explores how everyday touches and gestures help us to discover ourselves. Ukraine will be represented by two projects - an inclusive theatrical play Look, based on real stories of children with and without disabilities about excessive care or bullying, and short documentaries "Pysanka-Motanka" and "Miracle for Mom", created by teenagers with hearing impairments at the Kinoty film school. 

The Arts Access Forum will host three international panel discussions with speakers from different organizations and countries with various experiences in promoting inclusion in the arts. The discussion will cover the topics of challenges of inclusive art production, audience and art development, value of inclusive projects, accessibility of art for spectators and artists. Among the moderators and speakers of the forum are curators, artists with disabilities, activists, managers of cultural projects and institutions. The Arts Access Forum also hosts a series of networking events over 30 organizations developing inclusive arts from Ukraine, the UK, the EU and the Eastern Partnership. 

Join the event on 3-5 December 2020 on the website

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