Two people in wheelchairs dancing with superimposed text reading "87% of venues and festivals don't involve disabled people in selection panels or the commissioning process" with the Europe Beyond Access" logo in the corner.
Friday 03 December 2021 -
09:30 to 11:30

The event has passed, but you can read the final report on Disability Arts International website.

‘Time to Act: How lack of knowledge in the cultural sector creates barriers for disabled artists and audiences’ is the first study of its kind that provides transnational evidence that lack of knowledge in the mainstream cultural sector is a key barrier preventing disabled artists and arts professionals participating equally in European culture.

Join the British Council, On the Move, and the partners of Europe Beyond Access as we launch this ground-breaking major new study, spanning 42 countries, and answer questions such as:

  • How many European programmers are actively seeking work by disabled artists?
  • What are the barriers stopping mainstream cultural institutions becoming more accessible?
  • Who do Europe's cultural managers think should be providing guidance and support to help them make their programmes more accessible to disabled arts professionals?

The launch event will take place on 3 December from 9.30-11.30 am GMT. 

It will bring together the authors of the report and key European cultural stakeholders in conversation to explore key themes and issues it has raised. In addition, a number of artists, cultural managers and cultural policymakers will respond, and participants will be invited to ask the research team questions. 

Contributors include:

  • Caroline Bowditch: CEO, Arts Access Victoria (AUS)
  • Jo Verrent: Senior Producer, Unlimited (UK)
  • Barbara Gessler: Head of Creative Europe, European Commission
  • Geoliane Arab: International Advisor, ONDA [Office National de Diffusion Artistique] (FR)
  • Maria Vlachou: Executive Director, Acesso Cultura (PT)
  • Filip Pawlak: Artist and Producer (POL)
  • Sonja Parmentier: Artist, Teacher and Activist (NL)

The event will take place in English supported by English Language Captions; British Sign Language, and International Sign. Captions will be translated via AI into selected European languages upon request.

The report is part of a large-scale Arts and Disability project, Europe Beyond Access. Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, this initiative aims to support disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre and dance sectors.