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Europe Beyond Access is an ambitious 4-year programme designed to internationalise the careers of disabled artists and revolutionise Europe’s performing arts scene.

The core partners of the project are British Council (UK), Oriente Occidente (Italy), Onassis Stegi (Greece), Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany), Per.Art (Serbia), and Skånes Dansteater (Sweden). It is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.

The programme consists of an extensive plan of activity including new commissions, workshops, residencies, toolkits, networking events, performances, creative laboratories, artist interviews and films.

The core objectives of Europe Beyond Access are to:

  • Contribute to artistic innovation of disabled artists in Europe
  • Revolutionise the programming palette in European performing arts through showcasing world-class disability-led work and creating a network of experienced programmers interested in commissioning and presenting artists
  • Increase interest in disability-led work
  • Create the best possible industry conditions to source, develop, produce and present work of disabled artists

There are many ways you can take part and support Europe Beyond Access.

Europe Beyond Access Facebook and Twitter.


By engaging with our content online, you can find out about forthcoming performances, discover emerging and established disabled artists from across Europe, see behind-the-scenes on workshops and residencies, and increase public interest in disabled artists’ work. Importantly, you can directly help to raise the visibility of disabled dancers, theatre-makers and performing artists by sharing our posts. Play a part in educating the mainstream by pushing forth the brightest innovations in the field.

If you're an artist:

Apply for your own artist profile and place your tour-ready work in front of international venues and producers

Join the Europe Beyond Access Facebook group and join a network of disabled artists across Europe. This is a space to connect, get supportive feedback, share works-in-progress, and ask questions to develop your skills. In the Group, we host regular online events featuring workshop leaders and artists.

If you're an organisation:

Our activities produce a huge amount of compelling visual content perfect for Instagram takeovers. If you have an audience eager for dance, performing arts or disability-related news, spruce up your feed and invite us to do a takeover.

Book one of our artists for your programme.

Benefit from reciprocal promotion. If you would like to share details of our upcoming events and performances with your audience, get in touch.

If you have a question about how to make your event accessible to disabled audiences, contact us.

If you're a journalist:

Get behind-the-scenes access to residencies, rehearsals, artist laboratories, workshops and performances. We are looking for writers to cover our activities, so whether that means interviewing artists, diving into creative processes, the themes of a specific performance, or reporting on radical developments in UK arts scene, contact us.

For programming and creative collaboration enquiries, please contact Ben Evans

For communications and media enquiries, please contact Katee Woods