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Disability Arts International Newsletter #17
3 December 2019
Welcome to Disability Arts International, a website and newsletter from the British Council & Europe Beyond Access.
Happy International Day of Disabled People! In this newsletter, we celebrate the launch of our brand-new website, explore a week-long laboratory of disabled artists from across Europe, led by Caroline Bowditch and Luke Pell, look at the accessibility offer of the world-renowned Edinburgh International Festival, profile a new European consortium of accessible film festivals and congratulate Per.Art on their 20th anniversary.
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Film: Unexpected Bodies in Unexpected Places
Caroline Bowditch and Luke Pell led the second Europe Beyond Access laboratory for disabled artists from across Europe, which took place at Skånes Dansteater in Malmo, Sweden.  ‘Unexpected Bodies in Unexpected Places’ explores how to create site-specific performance and to develop work that emerges from its environment. Artists from across Europe engage with these ideas, and also how to subvert expectations of them as disabled people in public spaces. , despite a difficulr domestic political context
Access best practice: Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh International Festival is an organisation with a 70-year history, which this year welcomed 420,000 visitors to 293 performances. In 2019, it offered more accessible performances than ever including relaxed performances for the first time. It also launched an innovative Deaf Theatre Club. We find out more about what this iconic festival has to offer disabled audiences.

Read the Edinburgh International Festival Case Study
Learning disabled man dressed as a cowgirl
Europe Beyond Access introduces: Dennis Seidel
German artist Dennis Seidel is a learning-disabled actor and theatre-maker with Meine Damen und Herren. Dennis was one of the creative leaders of the first Europe Beyond Access laboratory hosted by German project partner, Kampnagel in Hamburg. Here Dennis discusses his practice in a short profile film

Watch Dennis Seidel's video profile
Be In: an accessible film festival network
Be In! is a new self-initiated network made up of six of Europe's leading disability film festivals: Klappe Auf (Germany), Engelsiz Festival (Turkey), Oska Bright (UK), Integration You and Me (Poland), The Extraordinary Film Festival (Belgium) and Inclus (Spain). We explore the motivations and the partners behind Be In!

Read about the Be In! accessible film festival network
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Per.Art celebrates 20 years despite many challenges
Per.Art, the first learning-disability theatre company from Serbia is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a programme of performances at Gallery of Matica srpska, Novi Sad 13-15 December. Joe Turnbull speaks to Artistic Director, Saša Asentić about the company’s development over the years.

Read about Per.Art's 20th anniversary
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Best of the net: Unlimited's 10 top tips for accessible events
Jo Verrent, Senior Producer of Unlimited shares ten top tips for making events as accessible as possible, gleaned from more than 13 years of Unlimited's hands-on experience. The list includes loads of practical guidance, some cheap wins and signposts to loads of other great resources.

Read the top tips for accessible events
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Join our growing database of artists and companies
Do you work for, or know of, a disabled artist or inclusive company who is ready for international touring opportunities? With the launch of our new website, now is a great time to join our growing database of artists and companies, which is a great way to get your work seen by international promoters and programmers. (Image: Candoco Dance Company, Face In by Yasmeen Godder © Hugo Glendinning, 2017).

Sign up for a profile here
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