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Disability Arts International Newsletter #16: Learning-disabled leadership, artist profile films, Switzerland's disability arts sector & more
17 July 2019
Welcome to Disability Arts International, a website and digital newsletter from the British Council and Europe Beyond Access.
In this newsletter, we explore a unique gathering of artists from across Europe led by learning-disabled practitioners at Hamburg's Kampnagel, share the first in a series of 'Artist ID' films showcasing the work of Europe Beyond Access artists, examine the disability arts sector in Switzerland and investigate the work being done at Belgian arts centre, de Warande.  
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Film: Dance, Politics, Disability and the Body
In February, Kampnagel, Germany’s largest production centre for contemporary performing arts, played host to an artistic laboratory of more than 20 disabled artists from across Europe, led by three learning-disabled practitioners. This short film explores some of the key themes and motivations of this radical space for exchange, which interrogated the boundaries of contemporary dance.
Access best practice: de Warande
Continuing the series of best practice case studies, journalist Bella Todd turns her attention to the de Warande arts centre in Turnhout, Belgium whose long-term affiliation with learning-disabled theatre company Theater Stap and other key partnerships have influenced the way it communicates to its audiences.

Read the de Warande case study
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Europe Beyond Access: Artist IDs
This new series of 'Artist ID' films will share short insights into the work of some of the most exciting practitioners in the performing arts from across Europe. This month features a profile of Austrian choreographer Michael Turinsky. More IDs will be be added on a regular basis.

Watch Michael Turinsky's Artist ID
Country Profile: Switzerland
Disabled journalist and theatre-maker Kate Lovell explores the arts and disability sector in Switzerland, a country divided into regions speaking different languages. This has given rise to a burgeoning performing arts scene of body-based practice, with growing prominence for disabled performers helped in large part by the IntegrArt festival network.

Read about Switzerland's arts and disability sector
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IntegrArt: embracing disabled leadership
Swiss performance scholar and arts practitioner, Nina Mühlemann who along with UK-based cultural anthropologist and dancer Tanja Erhart organised and curated this year's IntegrArt symposium in Zurich, reflects on the significance of this inclusive festival network being led for the first time by two people who identify as disabled.

Read about IntegrArt's first foray into disabled leadership
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Best of the net: Graeae and Disability Arts Online's new podcast
Graeae Theatre Company and Disability Arts Online have launched the monthly 'Disability And...' podcast series, available on most major podcast services. In Episode 1: Disability And…Representation, writer, actor and campaigner Mat Fraser talks to former Associate Director of Graeae (recently appointed Deputy Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre) about the visibility and representation of disability within film, television and theatre. 

Listen to the Graeae and Disability Arts Online podcast
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