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Shaun Fahey and  Mihailo Ladevac perform in Salonica
GROUNDBREAKING THEATRE: Award-winning company Equal Voices Arts brings its new multi-lingual production, Salonica, to Auckland Fringe Festival from 22 to 24 February and Hamilton on 1 and 2 March after a tour to Europe last year. This groundbreaking piece of theatre criss-crosses languages and cultures (New Zealand Sign Language, English and Serbian) to share a story of friendship and communication against the odds with the backdrop of the first World War. Read more

Touch Compass responds to a changing world

5 February 2018
Touch Compass performs SomatechnicsAuckland’s pioneering dance company, Touch Compass, continues to adapt to a changing world and embrace new technologies after celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2017. Its founder and Artistic Director, Catherine Chappell, says new technologies provide innovative mobility options, and new ways to communicate and connect. “We have to be responsive to the world we live in and new technologies enable us to reach audiences around the world.” Read more

NZ Festival welcomes input from Deaf and disabled patrons

2 February 2018
Barber Shop ChroniclesThe 2018 New Zealand Festival on in Wellington from 23 February to 18 March will market music events with percussion or heavy bass to the Deaf community, thanks to feedback provided by its accessibility advisory panel. For example, the Taiwanese dance and music work Beyond Time fuses martial arts, dance, percussion and visual effects, with “dancers who drum and drummers who dance, creating music as they move”. Read more

KiwiAble caregivers get free seat at The Court

29 January 2018
The Court
The Court Theatre continues to excel in making theatre as accessible as possible for everyone in the community – this time through a new initiative that gives KiwiAble Leisure Card holders their standing discount and now a free seat for their caregiver/companion when attending selected shows. The Court previously offered a discounted price for disabled audience members and their caregiver/companion on presentation of their KiwiAble Leisure Card but wanted to take this a step further. Read more

Duncan Armstrong’s solo show at Auckland Fringe

26 January 2018
Duncan Armstrong and Isobel MacKinnon
Everybody Cool Lives Here presents Force Field, a humorous and heartfelt story of a man edging closer to his thirties, homesick for a life he’s yet to build. It premieres at Basement Theatre 20 to 24 February as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival. Co-created by performer Duncan Armstrong and director Isobel MacKinnon, this will be their third collaboration in conjunction with production company Everybody Cool Lives Here. Read more

Festival pulls out all the accessible stops 

24 January 2018
JUNKAuckland Arts Festival 2018 has “pulled out all the stops” by providing accessible services for 15 of its events in March and offering positive experiences for people with access needs. Its accessible performances are for people who are blind or have low vision; Deaf or hard of hearing; or have a learning disability, sensory or communication disorder. This year also sees the introduction of a hugely discounted Accessible Programme ticket price of $20 each for patrons with access needs and one companion. Read more about access at Auckland Arts Festival

Open access to high-quality dance

11 January 2018
Footnote audience"We believe that contemporary dance, and art in general, should be seen and absorbed by all New Zealanders, regardless of ability," blogs Footnote New Zealand Dance. "While there are many ways to do this and many conversations to have around this topic, one way that we have been reaching a wider audience is by providing open access performances to community groups during our tours around Aotearoa." Read Footnote New Zealand Dance's blog 

Bringing music into the Corrections community

18 December 2017
CSO musicians in Christchurch Men's Prison"For the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, music and the arts are for everyone, regardless of who they are or where they live," writes Cathy Irons, violinist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Project Leader of its Community Engagement Programme. "Through this programme, we’d been taking live music into schools, retirement villages, libraries and community halls, and we wanted to take it even further by bringing it to Corrections facilities. The problem was, we didn’t know where to begin." Read Cathy's blog 

Highlights of Arts in Corrections 2017

18 December 2017
Combined Network meeting in Christchurch"Embedded in all of Arts Access Aotearoa’s work is the belief that access to the arts and creativity is a basic human right of all people, wherever they are and whatever their circumstances," writes Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa. "We also believe the arts can be a powerful tool in helping prisoners develop the skills, motivation and self-confidence they need to take part in rehabilitation programmes and their reintegration back into society on release." Read Richard's blog 




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