IIAN @ On The Edge

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As some of you may know I am chair of the International Inclusive Arts Network (IIAN) and this year we will be running a variety of activities as part of the On The Edge Festival in Birmingham 2nd – 9th July 2016. ON THE EDGE is the World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences, an annual event that takes place in a different international city each year as part of ASSITEJ.

Throughout the whole of 2016 ASSITEJ is celebrating ‘Inclusivity Year 2016’ and  here’s an Invitation from IIAN to come and join us at our workshops, discussions and celebrations in Birmingham.

1.- Monday 4th 11.30 – 13.30 Pop-Up: From the Edge On to the Centre, an opportunity to share time on a one-to-one basis with a disabled artist, to ask questions and seek information, and from this spend time reflecting on how you can turn this intimate conversation into an art piece which will then form part of the IIAN pop-up exhibition.

We will also discuss ideas for an IIAN Declaration. Let’s come together to create a bold mission statement about an inclusive future for ASSITEJ, that we can share with the world. Challenging and exciting!

2.- Tuesday 5th 15.00 – 16.30 Nuts and Bolts – a training session by a disabled practitioner exploring making arts spaces (be they classes or productions) more accessible to all.

3.- Wednesday 6th 20.00 – 20.45 A Square World scratch performance by Daryl Beeton designed to create debate and analysis about network and international partnership.

4.- Friday 8th 9.00 – 10.15 Play-writing from Theatre-in-Education to the present day, with emphasis on plays which are inclusive. What have we learnt from the past? Where are we taking our writing?

5.- Saturday 9th 19.30 IIAN Declaration is launched!!

Apart from all of the IIAN activities there is an enormous amount of theatre, workshops, panel, key sites and socialising to be done. The brochure of performances can be found here

So I hope to see you all there.


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