The British Council is launching a new, Creative Europe-funded, four-year programme called Europe Beyond Access that will aim to support and develop the careers of performers with disabilities across 7 countries. They wanted to start off with a 4-day study visit for the marketing and audience development staff and needed someone to help shape and facilitate the whole visit.
Through discussion we pinpointed two themes for the visit: enabling greater access to the venues (and their marketing materials) by people with disabilities; and changing the perceptions of mainstream audiences towards integrated dance. We invited experts from a range of organisations – including Graeae, Candoco, Attitude is All and Rachel Bagshaw – and I made sure the participants could draw insights and relate them to their own organisations.
I am now helping model the thought-process and a ‘road map’ to guide them through the rest of the programme.
Participants from Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens), Holland Dance Festival (den Haag). Per.Art (Novy Sad), Skanes Danstheater (Malmo), Kampnagel (Hamburg), and Oriente Occidente (Trentino) gelled well and learned with and from each other, sharing challenges and solutions and starting to create action plans to address each organisation’s most pressing challenges.
“Your prompts and attention to detail are proving really helpful for me, and I’d rather not have you watching the clock and risk what is turning out to be a really interesting programme.”
November 2018 – June 2019
Strategic planning, Training and mentoring