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International accessible art professionals to give free lectures in Adelaide


This August, Adelaide will play host to the British audio describer, Willie Elliot, and artistic director, Daryl Beeton for a free program on accessible arts thanks to South Australia’s Disability Arts Transition Team (DATT).

Willie Elliot is a professional audio describer with experience in describing theatre, opera, dance, circus, visual arts, architecture, live events, TV, film and online.  He will present a forum on audio description and run professional audio description training. 

Daryl Beeton, Artistic Director of London-based inclusive theatre company Kazzum, will deliver three workshops that explore the idea of integrating access elements into the creation of performance.

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US Theatre Development Fund awarded grant to expand captioning services


The Broadway, US-based Theatre Development Fund has been awarded a grant to partner with 11 regional theatres in a national theatre captioning initiative.

In response to numerous requests from arts organisations outside New York, the not-for-profit Theatre Development Fund (TDF) developed the National Open Captioning Initiative. The initiative targets regional areas where captioned theatre is not in use, and provides organisations with the skills to provide the captioning service and raise awareness of the value of open captions.

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Tickets to audio described theatre session in Perth available until 12 July

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Ticket sales for the Black Swan State Theatre Company’s audio described performance of Rising Water will close on 12 July.

Part of the City of Perth Winter Arts Season, Rising Water is the world premiere of writer Tim Winton’s debut play.

Audio description will be available for the performance on Saturday, 16 July at 2:15pm at the Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. A tactile tour, allowing patrons to get a hands-on feel of the stage, costumes and scenery, is yet to be confirmed so please check when booking.

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New Broadway theatre accessibility initiative


A new partnership between Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts and arts access provider G-PASS means visitors to New York will have the opportunity to enjoy more Broadway shows.

The Broadway Accessibility/Audience Expansion Initiative enables theatregoers to view captions or listen to audio description at every performance of designated shows.

Using technology developed by Sound Associates, the G-PASSaccess services of I-Caption and D-Scriptive are both automated systems, delivering captions or audio description that are synchronised to the show’s cueing system.

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