British Council disability arts initiatives

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British Council – European and International disability arts initiatives

The British Council has a wide spread commitment to supporting and promoting disability arts and access to the arts and is involved in European and International initiatives.

www.disabilityartsinternational.org builds on the UK’s reputation as a home to many unique disabled artists whose excellent work is being presented and celebrated around the world. Primarily designed for an audience of global arts professionals, venue programmers and arts curators, the website allows disabled artists and disabled-led companies from around the world to profile their work and find new international bookings. In addition the website offers promoters resources, case studies and personal testimonies, sharing insights into how the UK came to be recognised as world leader in disabled-led arts.

The British Council has a long history of working with British disabled artists to present their work around the world and to open dialogue about the different ways in which wider society engages with disability and disabled people. www.disabilityartsinternational.org has been developed at a time of increased international focus on British disabled artists, much of which was inspired by Unlimited – a London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project.

Unlimited Access is a Europe-wide dance and dance theatre project designed to support best practice in the commissioning, creation, dissemination and programming of performing arts by Deaf and disabled artists.

Co-funded by European Union Culture Programme until April 2015, Unlimited Access is delivered by the British Council in partnership with VoÁrte (Portugal), the Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece) and theCroatian Institute for Movement and Dance (Croatia) to promote inclusion and diversity in the performing arts and exchange best practice between European arts organisations.

More information here www.britishcouncil.org/europe/our-work-in-europe/unlimited-access

British Council Transform is an arts and creativity programme that aims to develop the artistic dialogue between the UK and Brazil as part of the Olympic legacy. Transform enables artists and professionals from the arts sector in both countries to share experiences and collaborate to foster creative and social change.

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