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 marks BC Access Awareness Day in early June. The ACCESS Festival focuses exclusively on issues of Access and Equity for people with visible and invisible disabilities and equity for BIPOC and other equity seeking individuals and communities.
Our Festival Mission is “to be Obsolete”.
Follow this link to the on-line videos: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuBmWMm9Cv8804K-ONXTFVtmRVv35Wz5Z [youtube.com]
The 2021 ACCESS Festival runs from May 26 through June 6 featuring: This years festival features music and poetry, art exhibitions, interviews and dialogues on ACCESS, short films, Free Food and more, Including:
An evening of short films by Esther Tailfeathers, All Bodies Dance, Erin Ball and Kingston Circus Arts, Cineworks and more
Interviews with Artists and musicians Tonye Aganaba, Seema Shah.
Performances by Curtis Clear Sky, Sandy Scofield, Dave Symington, Jim Meyer, Tonye Aganaba and Eugene Harry.
Late Night with Savages hosted by Gunargie O’Sulivan
Workshops with Cease Wyss, Andy Mori, Gilles Cyrenne, Eugene Harry, Rosemary Georgeson.
Over 1000 Free meals
Live music with Beaver Thomas and David Symington
An Art Show featuring Jolene Andrews, AJ Brown, Ben Roback, Seema Shah, Sandy Yuen
An encore presentation of Reelwheels “Tune In” Theatre production.
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.
Link to video from the last ACCESS Festival online video platform including a PSA, the Art show preview, a preview of some of the programs performances and all three programs.