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The most popular accessibility stories of 2015

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As the year comes to a close, here’s a look back at some of the most popular articles and events regarding consumer accessibility across the web, digital technology, education, TV, video, cinema, arts, policy and research in 2015.


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Accessible live events conference

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Making live events accessible is a growing area. Whilst captioning of live events such as theatre, sports and television programs has been available for many decades, live audio description is a much more recent service, especially outside of arts performances.

Audience seated in a theatre


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Audio describing a Lion Dance

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A very popular aspect of traditional Chinese culture is the lion dance. They are performed all over the world as part of festivals and events. Sometimes the dances are performed privately in restaurants or function spaces.

Southern Lion (Style: Fut San) in the Chinese New Year Parade 2014, London. Leicester Square London (Chinatown), UK, Feb 2014. Image credit: Dawning Leung


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Credit Union Christmas Pageant provides audio description

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The Credit Union Christmas Pageant will be broadcast on 101.5FM Radio Adelaide on the morning of Saturday 14th November, with audio description provided for the very first time by Access2Arts in partnership with Beyond Bank and the Royal Society for the Blind.

Tune into 101.5FM on Pageant day Saturday 14 November. Beyond Bank proudly supports: Access2Arts and The Royal Society for the Blind. Beyond Bank is a proud sponsor of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant.

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Three upcoming accessible theatre productions in Adelaide

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Access2Arts have shared a list of upcoming touch tour and audio described productions in Adelaide for theatre fans who are blind or vision impaired.

1. Mortido - State Theatre Company

‘Mortido’ is revenge, tragedy, crime thriller and contemporary morality play all rolled into one. It begins with a Mexican fable about death and takes in the Sydney police force, Qantas, quinoa, Berlin, Nazi Germany, Krispy Kreme donuts, Coca Cola, public housing, a seventh birthday party, the property market and a body in Australia’s most famous Harbour.


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Audio described performance of Next to Normal rock musical in Perth

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The Black Swan State Theatre Company will be presenting an audio described musical theatre production at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia on Saturday 14 November.

Next to Normal: Diana Goodman lighting a candle on a cake whilst her husband Dan points a small fire extinguisher towards it.


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Museum audio described online

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A common approach for museums and galleries is to provide tours and information online, so that people who do not live in the place where it is located can still access parts of their collection.

The Rosetta Stone. Image credit: The British Museum


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Stencil Art Prize in Sydney to host audio described tour

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The Stencil Art Prize is the largest stencil event in the world to recognise and reward stencil artists. This year, there will be 92 finalists on exhibition across 21 countries and the event will also host an audio described tour on Saturday, 24 October.

Stencil Art Prize Audio Description Tour: 2pm Saturday 24 October 2015. Three stencil artworks are displayed. Download the accessible PDF flyer below for descriptions.


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Call for papers at LEAD arts access conference

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The major conference for accessible arts, LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) is being held in Pittsburgh, USA on 1-5 August 2016.

LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) call for proposals. Submit your ideas by Nov. 16


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Britain’s first Captioning Awareness Week

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Stagetext, a charitable organisation that provides captioning for theatrical performances, art galleries, museums and other arts venues, is holding a Captioning Awareness Week from 9 to 15 November 2015.

Live stage performance with a text overlay reading '[#CAPaware] because 10 million people in the UK have hearing loss'. Image credit: Stagetext


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