Artists with disability the focus of new Sydney Festival initiative

The initiative, presented in partnership with Accessible Arts, aims to increase the number of Deaf artists and artists with disability creating work for Australian festivals.
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A scene from Midnight Feast’s recent production, Fireside. Photo credit: Prudence Upton.

A new partnership between Sydney Festival and Accessible Arts, the peak arts and disability organisation in New South Wales, aims to increase representation of Deaf artists and artists with disability in Australian festivals.

Launched on the International Day of People with Disability (Monday, 3 December) the Disability Programming Initiative introduces an accessible and inclusive pitching process, with support available at each stage of the application.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts