ENHANCING THE ARTS EXPERIENCE: New Zealand festivals, galleries, performing arts companies, galleries and museums provide audio description and touch tours for people who are blind or have low vision.
Audio description and touch tours
This page provides information, resources and stories about audio description and touch tours for music, dance, theatre, museums and galleries, in both New Zealand and internationally. If you have any audio described arts or cultural events or opportunities, please email Iona.
Insights into audio description
Audio Described Aotearoa
Putting blind people in the picture is what Auckland audio describer Nicola Owen does for a living. She talks to Arts Access Aotearoa about touch tours and audio description of arts and cultural events, and the growing demand for audio description. Read the Q & A insight with Nicola Owen
What's on that's audio described
First audio description of ballet in New Zealand
Royal New Zealand Ballet presented its first audio described performances for blind and low vision patrons in Auckland with the ballet Romeo and Juliet, which toured New Zealand on September. This is the first time a full ballet has been audio described in New Zealand. Nicola Owen and Neha Patel narrated Romeo and Juliet. Nicola has worked as an audio describer since 2011 and has described musicals, operas, award ceremonies, guided walks and museum/art gallery tours. Listen to Nicola Owens' interview on RNZ's Upbeat programme.
Nicola and Neha will team up again to audio describe Auckland Arts Festival’s Giselle, choreographed by Akram Khan with the English National Ballet. Check out the festival’s excellent Access & Inclusion webpages for more information.