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2018 - 2022

EBA Europe Beyond Access

Moving beyond isolation and towards innovation for disabled artists and European audiences

The project objective is to break down the isolation of disabled artists, to extend their horizons and promote their creative development, presenting their most relevant and innovative works to the European public. A series of international laboratories, artists residencies, commissions and performances plus a digital Exchange platform will help to develop visibility and interest in a field of entertainment still considered as "niche" .
The aims of the project are to increase the international mobility, promoting the education, the public awareness and the implementation of thematic focus for each group involved: from artists to professional,  from programmers to the public.



British Council (GB) has been touring the work of British disabled artists around the world for 30 years, and currently works with disabled artists in 37 countries. Alongside the presentation of high-quality artistic works, the British Council facilitates the training of arts professionals regarding disability arts, and policy-maker discussions and conferences seeking to share knowledge and best practice with regards to increasing  access to the arts for disabled people.

Onassis Cultural Centre (GR) Onassis Cultural Centre – Stegi (GR) is Athens’ cultural space hosting events and actions across the whole spectrum of the arts from theatre, dance, music and the visual/digital arts to the written word, with an emphasis on contemporary cultural expression, on supporting Greek artists, on cultivating international collaborations and on educating children and people of all ages through life-long learning. OCC-Stegi has offered a dance and disability programme since 2012. In 2013 it took part in Unlimited Access, a Creative Europe-supported partnership with British Council and two others. This launched OCC-Stegi’s participatory programme for disabled aspiring dance artists and inspired them to be the lead partner in an Erasmus+ programme (with P3 Holland Dance and P6 Skånes DansTeater), researching inclusive dance teaching methodologies. 

Holland Dance Festival (NL) is a major national organisation with experience of offering local disabled aspiring artists opportunity to work at a professional level for the first time. It has been the national pioneers of artist development, as well as presenting world class work within its mainstream programme. Holland Dance has taken a national role disseminating best practice, in partnership with local arts funders and networks, already hosting 2 major conferences on dance and disability. 

Kampnagel (DE) as one of Europe’s largest production and presentation spaces, has undergone a seven-year journey of examining how collaborations between disabled and non-disabled artists have created some of Europe’s most interesting and challenging work.

Skånes Dansteater (SE) has developed and engaged in deep community projects with long-term commitments, leading to a strong support of aspiring and early-career disabled dance artists. Since 2014 Skånes Dansteater has integrated disabled dancers into its repertory company on a regular basis. The organisation has become a leading voice in arts and disability in Sweden as well as the rest of Scandinavia, and is frequently asked to share their expertise, experience and good practice at conferences and seminars. 

Per Art (RS) has run an “Art and Inclusion“ programme since 1999 – gathering people with Learning Disabilities, artists (theatre, dance and visual arts), special educators, representatives of cultural institutions, architects and students. Per Art has worked with and influenced dozens of national and regional arts organisations to share good practice and to share excellent work by disabled artists, as well as collaborating internationally.        


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