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Newsletter #11: Inclusive music teaching, autism-friendly performances and Outsider Art
8  May 2018
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In this newsletter we look at an initiative to make music teaching more inclusive at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, explore the growing trend of autism-friendly performances, go beyond the label of 'Outsider Art' and profile a visual spectacle in India.
A disabled musician and a guitarist perform a duet
Film: My Music Ability - Inclusive Music Teaching in the Netherlands
My Music Ability is a pilot project aimed at improving inclusive music education at the music teacher training college of the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In March 2018 they invited the UK's accessible music technology specialists Drake Music as 'artists in residence' to initiate new thinking around inclusive music making with students and teachers, culminating in a two-day symposium. This short film aims to share the learning.
A relaxed environment: welcoming autistic audiences to arts events
The etiquette of arts venues, theatres in particular, can present multiple barriers for audiences such as autistic people. Disabled journalist and theatre-maker Kate Lovell explores the growing trend of autism-friendly and relaxed performances, which aim to reduce some of these barriers and make the arts more accessible for everyone.

Read more about autism-friendly performances
Three artists int he studio
Outsider Art: beyond the label

May 2018 sees the European Outsider Art Conference come to Chichester, UK. Marc Steene, the Director of hosting organisation, Outside In gives an introduction to the term 'Outsider Art', outlining its history, relationship to disability arts and how it relates to the mainstream art world.

Learn more about Outsider Art
Graeae and La Fura dels Baus illuminate Chennai, India
Aruna and the Raging Sun was a large scale outdoor performance which took place in Chennai, India in February 2018 to crowds of more than 6000, featuing 100 disabled performers. The project was an international collaboration between the UK’s Graeae Theatre Company, Spain’s La Fura dels Baus, Chennai-based Prakriti Foundation and a host of other local organisations. Graeae’s Amit Sharma and representatives of some of the local partners reflect on the project.
Noemi Lakmaier's Cherophobia
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