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Welcome to our December 2016 newsletter

Welcome to the December issue of the Accessible Arts newsletter.

During 2016 a number of our projects matured. This enabled the expansion of the horizons of those involved in them and the sector more generally. Highlights of our 2016 programme included the Deaf Arts Program which completed its first three year plan with selection as a finalist in the 10th National Disability Awards.

The fifth Arts Activated Conference 'pathways to practice' delivered an inclusive disability-led forum that resonated around the country, and internationally.

The Catalyst Dance Residency guided dancers in an integrated setting to develop their own choreographic abilities, while video documentation of the project featured as part of the United Nations Enable film festival in New York.

In wishing you a Merry Christmas and successful 2017, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has played a role in our programmes, assisted in delivering the best possible outcomes, and expanded the inclusive opportunities for people with disability in the arts.


Sancha Donald, Chief Executive Officer

Imagined Touch Installation Sydney Festival 2017

an audience sit in chairs with headphones and eyemasks

Imagined Touch, the installation, is centred upon two Deafblind women – Heather Lawson, a performer and Michelle Stevens, a pianist – exploring their profound experience of living in a world without sight or sound.

Touch is the main way that Deafblind people navigate, communicate and connect with others. In a society where touch is not encouraged, Deafblind people grapple with universal questions of isolation, access and human connection.

Each session has a limited capacity of 15 people. Register now to book your spot.

Where: Carriageworks

When: 10–15 January 2017

Cost: Free

Recommended for ages 12+

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Sydney Festival

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Every January, Sydney Festival enlivens and transforms the city with a bold cultural celebration based on the highest quality art and big ideas. 

Sydney Festival welcomes all visitors and makes every effort to ensure that the program is accessible to our whole audience.

The 2017 programs is full of accessible performances.

Download the Accessible Performance Guide and Accessible Performance Calendar

Visit Sydney Festival website and book now to avoid missing out.

New Years Eve Sydney

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One night, many ways to celebrate.

There's no better place to welcome 2017 than Sydney – the New Year's Eve capital of the world.

The City of Sydney aims to produce an experience of Sydney New Year’s Eve that is safe, inclusive, accessible and enjoyable for all. The accessible options available below can help make Sydney New Year’s Eve memorable for everyone.

There are over 20 accessible general public vantage points. Use the interactive vantage point map with “Accessible” filter to find the perfect location.

Sydney New Year’s Eve Accessibility Officer: Phone: +61 2 9265 9333 or Email: nyedisability@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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Featured arts + disability videos

Artist Run Initiative Newcastle

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In this video a lively group of practicing artists with disability in Newcastle, meet to enhance and develop their individual professional practice skills, as a part of the Accessible Arts Artist Run Initiative (ARI) Project.

Club Weld and The Riff Society Project

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Club Weld offers a variety of music programs for people on the autism spectrum to participate in Western Sydney.

A melting pot of sounds, beats, music and people, Club Weld is a place where diversity is embraced and emerging talents shine through.  In this video we hear about the The Riff Society Project, a 2016 Small Grant initiative.

Auslan Interpretation of eNews

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View Sofya Gollan's, Deaf Arts Officer, Auslan interpretation of the newsletter. Click the image for the link or access it here.

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