Unmute ArtsAbility Festival 2015
Starts: Monday, 30 November, 2015 08:00am
Ends: Saturday, 5 December, 2015 07:00pm
Unmute Dance Company in Association with British Council Cape Town, Youngblood Arts and Culture Development and Artscape Theatre Centre presents Unmute ArtsAbility Festival. This is South Africa’s first Integrated Arts Platform that presents a display of collaborative artistic works by artists with mixed-abilities (With and without disabilities) and from mixed genres (Music, Dance, Drama Visual Art etc.). It’s a week-long event of activities that will occur during the International Week for People with Disability in December (1 -5 Dec), presenting Live Performances, Live Exhibitions/installations, Site-specific shows and Out-door performances that will be happening in and around Cape town CBD and Townships. The festival is an end product of artistic workshops/creations that are facilitated by artists (from Unmute Dance Company) who are currently pioneering integrated arts in South Africa.
This is an initiative that seeks not to isolate people with disabilities from the society but a movement that interrogates, integrates and celebrates people’s different abilities through art. Choreographers, Directors, Filmmakers, Photographers, Visual Artists and Musicians are challenged to collaborate and/or create inclusive works of art with/for a group of Artists (with mixed-abilities), works that challenges people’s state of mental-misconception on disability. Art-works that will encourage people to break barriers and make an awareness of diverse abilities rather than disability.
It is easy to notice disability than ability, therefore this festival will give audience(s) a chance to realize more what people living with disability(s) can do than what they can’t and more what can be achieved together as an integrated society. Through integrated workshops we will be working with professional artists, people with disabilities, non-artists, academics and pupils to create integrated performances and installations for people/audience to have an insight about inclusion.