Regional festivals are about to get more accessible for people with disabilities! Eastern Riverina Arts has received $588,000 to develop a project that will increase the participation of artists and people with disability in a number of the Riverina’s volunteer-run, community-based festivals.

PLATFORM will be a purpose built portable ‘space’ created through the adaptation of a 40ft shipping container into an accessible sensory space designed by artists with disability. PLATFORM will be offered to festivals, alongside resources and information to increase the accessibility of the festivals and the attendance and participation by people with disability.

Eastern Riverina Arts will deliver the project, over 2 years, in collaboration with Information on Disability Education and Awareness Services (IDEAS), continuing a working relationship commenced in 2012.

“Participation in arts and culture should be available to all members of community.” said Eastern Riverina Arts Executive Director, Scott Howie, “Inclusivity and accessibility should be a given for any event. We look forward to sharing these resources and providing assistance to our region’s volunteers”

“It is a great opportunity for including everyone at community celebrations throughout the Riverina,” said Diana Palmer, Executive Officer of IDEAS. “IDEAS is excited to once again work with Eastern Riverina Arts in the Platform Project. We look forward to artistic excellence, enhanced hospitality and conviviality at events for all.”

PLATFORM is funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Program.

Pictured below is Tumut’s Lanterns on the Lagoon – which could be one of the festivals where this project will take place.

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