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Disability Arts International Newsletter #15: Europe Beyond Access, Spain and Tanzhaus NRW
21 February 2019
Welcome to Disability Arts International, a website and digital newsletter from the British Council and Europe Beyond Access.
In this newsletter, we celebrate the first artistic activity of Europe Beyond Access, a pan-European project aimed at supporting disabled artists to break through the glass ceilings of the dance and theatre sectors. We also explore Spain's arts and disability sector and take a detailed look at Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf and its holistic approach to access. 
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Introducing Europe Beyond Access
This short promotional film introduces Europe Beyond Access, a bold intervention in Europe's cultural sector. Europe Beyond Access is made up of a consortium of seven leading culture organisations: The British Council (operating for this project in the UK and Poland), Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece); Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany); Per.Art (Serbia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Oriente Occidente (Italy). It is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Europe Beyond Access: the first artistic laboratory
Joe Turnbull speaks to key project partners from Europe Beyond Access about the first of five experimental 'laboratories' for artistic exchange, which was hosted by Kampnagel in Hamburg and devised by Per.Art. Contributors reflect on the significance of the laboratory being led by three learning-disabled practitioners, how it was programmed as part of Kampnagel's flagship dance festival, Fokus Tanz and share their hopes for what Europe Beyond Access can achieve. 

Read about the first Europe Beyond Access laboratory
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Access best practice: Tanzhaus NRW

In the first of a series of case studies on organisations which demonstrate best practice, journalist Bella Todd investigates the measures Tanzhaus NRW, a performing arts venue in Düsseldorf, Germany, has taken to transform its access offer for both artists and audiences. Its holistic approach includes programming, staff training, an Access Work Group and having Claire Cunningham as an artist-in-residence.

Read about Tanzhaus NRW
Country Profile: Spain
Disabled journalist and theatre-maker Kate Lovell explores the arts and disability sector in Spain. She finds a country buzzing with festivals which programme work by disabled artists and a unique federal funding structure which means the sector is not overly concentrated in any one city or region.

Read about Spain's arts and disability sector
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Making music more accessible: DIY Access guides in 12 languages
Accessibility charity Attitude is Everything has created three downloadable guides aimed at music venues, promoters, festivals and performers to show how events can be made more accessible and in return attract the biggest possible audience. With support from the British Council, the guides have been translated into 11 additional languages: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian.

Find out more about the DIY Access Guides
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Best of the net: British Paraorchestra and Extraordinary Bodies
The British Paraorchestra and integrated circus company Extraordinary Bodies have reimagined Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece In C, experimenting with movement, sound, and the senses. This short film takes you behind the scenes of this unique collaboration. First performed at Fast Forward in June 2016, Colston Hall Bristol, In C will be at Birmingham THSH on 27 February.

Watch the British Paraorchestra and Extraordinary Bodies film
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Featured profile: Heidi Latsky Dance
Heidi Latsky Dance is an internationally recognised physically integrated dance company from New York City, whose mission is to redefine beauty and virtuosity through performance and discourse using performers with unique attributes to bring rigorous, provocative contemporary dance to diverse audiences.

See Heidi Latsky Dance's profile
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