Breaking the glass ceiling for disabled performers across Europe

Europe Beyond Access

The British Council has commissioned a survey as part of a pan-European project to improve career opportunities for disabled artists.

The survey, run by the international cultural mobility network, On The Move, aims to identify key areas where barriers exist in Europe’s performing arts sector and where practices can be improved.

Its findings will feed into the Europe Beyond Access project, co-funded by the British Council, the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and the Swiss government.

The core partners of the project are the British Council (operating for this project in the UK and Poland), Onassis Stegi (Greece), Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany), Per.Art (Serbia), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden) and Oriente Occidente (Italy).

The principal aims of Europe Beyond Access are to:

  • support disabled artists to internationalise their artistic innovations and their careers
  • develop a network of leading mainstream organisations with a commitment to present and commission at the highest level
  • build European audiences interested in high-quality innovative work by Europe’s disabled artists.
  • develop tools and understanding in the wider performing arts market
  • collaborate with many of the world’s leading arts networks to champion excellent artistic works, and to educate arts professionals.

On The Move believes this is the first time a survey on this scale has been attempted. It is open to professionals at all levels across the cultural industries, whether working in festivals, venues, agencies, production companies or funding bodies.

The survey comprises 40 questions and can be accessed here. The deadline for entries is 15 September 2020.

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