arts + disability expo 2015 Cultural Program

The arts + disability expo is complemented by a Cultural Program, that is a series of curated events taking place during the expo opening times. The program features music performances, dance, theatre and talks.

Friday 18 September

11:00am        Welcome Address

Accessible Arts Chairperson Emeritus Professor Sharman Pretty and Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Robyn Kemmis welcome the audience to the expo’s first day.

11:15am        Poetry and Literature Reading

Writer Richard Bell reads a selection of his original literary works.

12:00pm        National Disability Insurance Scheme [NDIS] Updates

 John Kroon presents insights on the NDIS rollout.

12:30pm        Ability Links – Arts in your Community

Alison Bills from Settlement Services International, and Grace Burns from St Vincent de Paul Society, provide an overview of Ability Links Metro South, along with local stories.

1:00pm          Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Access Program

Roy Marchant talks about the centre’s ‘Access Program’.

1:30pm          Putting Sunnyhaven on the map

Multimedia performance by the Sunnyhaven Disability Services group.

2:15pm          Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Bella Program

Susannah Thorne, Bella Program Coordinator, presents an overview of the MCA’s Bella Program for students with specific needs.

2:45pm          Empowerment Through Creativity

Gabrielle Mordy, Artistic Director of Studio ARTES, and Studio ARTES’ artists, discuss the Studio ARTES program. The talk follows with a presentation of performance piece, ‘Will I’.

3:15pm          Out of Line

Performance excerpt from ‘Out of Line’; a dance theatre piece performed by members of Shopfront Bodylines Ensemble.

Saturday 19 September

10:15am        Welcome Address

Accessible Arts CEO Sancha Donald welcomes the audience to the expo’s second day.

10:20am        Lantern Parade and Singing performance

Students with disability from Sydney Community College showcase their lantern.

11:30am        Royal Rehab Choir

The Royal Rehab Choir perform a collection of songs.

12:00pm        The Art of Ability Links

Vicki Southgate and Kat Hastenteufel from Uniting Care will give an overview of Ability Links Metro North and present stories from their community.

12:30pm        Heart Break and Beauty

Screening of the film ‘Heart Break and Beauty’, produced by students from Sydney Community College in collaboration with Bus Stop Films.

This follows with a short Q&A session.

1:00pm          Scene from a distance

Short performance piece by Different Degrees Theatre Ensemble.

1:30pm          Café de Paris

Short theatre piece by Imagination Theatre.

1:30pm          An artistic experience – Stefan Kater (Wifi Lounge)

Deaf Artist Stefan Kater, Sulman Prize Finalist 2015, talks about his experience as an artist.

2:00pm          Didgeridoo Performance

Charlie McMahon performs live on stage with his didgeridoo.

Wi-Fi Lounge

Reasonable and Necessary

Reasonable and Necessary is an innovative new participatory arts project that invites Deaf and disabled people to explore what’s reasonable and necessary to achieve their dreams.

As a creative response to the NDIS, Access2Arts in partnership with Arts Access Australia are on a mission to discover what a new future looks like for Deaf and disabled people.

During during the arts + disability Expo, people are invited to imagining what is ‘reasonable and necessary’ their life transforming the wi-fi lounge into an installation of post-it notes

Please download the Word version of the Cultural Program here.