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Next Wave Festival 2016 the most inclusive yet

Next Wave Festival 2016 the most inclusive yet

Next Wave Festival 2016 is pleased to present its most accessible program yet, with its exciting 2016 line-up more inclusive than ever of both artists and audiences with disability.

Held across Melbourne from 5-22 May, Next Wave Festival is Australia’s biennial festival of the new generation in art, with the 2016 event featuring some of the most intelligent, powerful and thought provoking emerging artists from around Australia.

From theatre to dance, visual art, music, artist talks and more there is something for everyone at Next Wave Festival – including a dance work created by deaf and hearing artists, The Delta Project’s Under My Skin, held at Arts House from 5-8 May, as well as the visual art exhibition Telltale, featuring five studio artists from Arts Project Australia, opening at 3pm on Sat 7 May and running until 11 June.

Companion Card tickets are offered across the program, while most events wheelchair accessible and all venues guide dog friendly. Many events across the program are also improving accessibility through:

  • Tactile tours – 6 events – tactile tours allow patrons who are blind or have low vision to have a hands-on experience of the work before a performance, or at an exhibition or artist talk
  • Audio Description 5 events – a technology enhancing the theatre or film experience for vision impaired people
  • Audio Notes – 2 events – provided in advance of a show to explain and describe a work
  • Auslan Interpreting – 16 events – experienced Auslan interpreters translate the text and dialogue of a performance or artist talk
  • Assistive Listening 6 events – hearing loops amplify or enhance sound quality and eliminate background noise
  • Open Captioning 1 event – on text screen descriptions communicate dialogue, identify speakers and describe other relevant sounds
  • Relaxed Performance – 1 event – creating a secure and welcoming environment for patrons with learning disabilities and sensory/communication impairments

Alongside the main program, Next Wave is currently running a Writers in Residence learning program for eight writers with disability. Delivered in partnership with Writers Victoria, the program privileges the idea that there is no right or wrong way to experience art, and encourages the writers to exchange ideas and develop skills through a series of workshops and Festival experiences.

“All of these activities form part of a long-term strategy for Next Wave to be more inclusive of artists and audiences with disability,” said Artistic Director, Georgie Meagher. “We believe that a diverse conversation is the only conversation worth having, and the more expansive the conversation becomes, the better.”

Complete information on events can be found in a variety of accessible media formats on this website including a dedicated Access Guide, Auslan interpreted videos, MP3 sound files (example), large print PDF, RTF and Word files. All event pages on both the website and printed guide are marked with access symbols for easy reference.