PART ONE: Confessions & reflections
[Call for action]
It is an invitation to join a conversation about inclusion and… exclusion. Let’s face it, most of us were or still are guilty of ignorance, ableism (and probably few other “-isms” for that matter).
It is very unlikely that it is intentional, nevertheless it is factual.
Accessibility in XXI century, is not a norm, it is still rather an exception, a cause for celebration, a proudly presented case of so-called good practice. And the way things are progressing in the culture sector, it seems that sooner self-driving car will take us to work than each and every person with no exception (!) will have an option to attend (any) culture event of his or her choosing.
Therefore, we will look into programme construction, events production and communication practices to try to decode the inner workings of culture sector and reasonings behind the lack of full accessibility to all people (and no, we can not blame everything on the lack of money).
Not to judge. Not to justify. To understand.
It might not to be an easy conversation (nor a specially pleasant one), but it seems necessary. Hopefully it will be an honest one. So we can all do better and be better in the future.
PART TWO: Navigating the change
The future starts NOW!
No matter if you are an individual artis or creator, city official, part of culture organisation or represent one of the European Capitals of Cultures there is plenty you can do!
We will dive into every day practices of culture professionals – from interacting with audiences (in person and online), organisation of spaces to thinking about form and content of artistic and educational projects. It will be an opportunity to both self-evaluate and to plan on WHAT and HOW can be done to be more inclusive and welcoming to ALL audiences.
So… Be better. Do better. Do not look for excuses. Do not stall, just do it. Baby steps.
You can start by showing up. We do hope that this conversation and workshop will give you a push in the right direction.