The ACCESS Festival supports the removal of environmental barriers to access and the elimination prejudgment to participation and recognition in art and life by equity-seeking communities.
The ACCESS Festival is a free community arts and social awareness festival that typically marks BC Access Awareness Week in early June. Due to COVID issues the 2020 festival was postponed. We are now relaunching last years postponed event in Feb and early March of 2021. This years festival will be 3 video programs of music and poetry performances, a visual art exhibition and interviews with the artists, dialogues on ACCESS and short films. The three programs will be premiered on-line on Feb 28, March 1 and 2nd at 7 PM.
Here is the link to program one. This link is be available for one year from February 28.
Here is the link to program two. This link is be available for one year from March 1.
Here is a new link to program three. This link is be available for one year from March 2.
Please link to our full ACCESS Festival online video platform including a PSA, the Art show preview, a preview of some of the programs performances and all three programs.
By raising awareness and normalizing equal access to everyone in the arts and everyday community life, the festival brings together a community of equity seeking artists, cultural leaders and practitioners to celebrate art and community through workshops, cabarets, films, art exhibits, music and dance performances, and community dialogues. This vision celebrates the common ground among divergent and contrasting community members; it is an opportunity for professional artists to network and collaborate with organizations and others in the neighbourhood to learn about accessibility needs, interests, and aspirations for the community and the arts. The ACCESS Festival normalizes and centers the inclusion of people of all abilities by raising awareness of and eliminating barriers to contributions across ethnic, social and ability demographics.
This Feb the festival will produce 3 programs by local musicians, artists, film makers and poets to be streamed on-line on Feb 28, March 1 and 2.