People Dancing

Developing Arts Venues for Disabled People and Dance

Venue: The Curve, Leicester
Date: 24th January 2017

From front of house approaches to programming strategy, this training will improve staff confidence and develop skills to enable broader and more successful engagement with disabled people as audiences, participants and artists. The day concludes with a spectacular showcase of professional work available for touring.

The event will begin with keynote sessions addressing major themes and questions on engaging disabled people, including appropriate language and terminology, why arts venues should be an example of best practice, and how to begin developing staff knowledge and skills.

Open to staff from all departments and at all levels, this opening session and the following breakout groups aim to inspire more inclusive approaches and greater staff confidence in the engagement of disabled people. You'll hear from representatives of venues in the UK who have made significant, positive changes and both the benefits and challenges they've found during and after a process of change.

These separate sessions will focus on specialist strands for specific departments, teams of people or sets of skills, exploring scenarios and the detail of both day-to-day working and long-term planning. Delegates will choose from:

Practical Approaches for Public-facing Teams
including building and operational challenges and solutions, improving customer / audience engagement from box office, front-of-house and catering

Marketing and Audience Development
including creating inclusive and accessible marketing materials, providing in-performance access services and developing audiences for professional performance by disabled artists and companies

Programming and Production of Professional Dance Performance
including ‘why programme disabled work?’, peer-led discussion, information sharing, and presentation of experiences from programmes, venue or festival directors on their support of disabled artists' work.

Following the specialist sessions, all attendees will be invited to see a live showcase of current professional dance work available for programming, and to hear from artists who have work to 'pitch' or share via film. Following the showcase, there will be opportunities to meet all of the artists and performers during a drinks reception. Artists and companies include DAN DAW, STOP GAP DANCE COMPANY, LAURA DAJAO & CHARLENE DAVIES, ADAM POWNALL and KIMBERLEY HARVEY.

This event has been developed as part of our 11 Million Reasons to Dance programme, working with five sets of partners and their leading regional venues in the Midlands and North of England. We are delighted to be able to offer places at this event to colleagues from all other arts organisations across the UK and internationally.

Delegate places £84.50 (£65 for People Dancing member organisations or individuals), including your ticket to the performance showcase.

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