Theatres for All

University of Wolverhampton (Arena Theatre)

Cooperation Projects

England

2015

Total project grant (euros)

€199,920

Percentage of budget funded

60%

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

Culture

Call number

EACEA 32/2014

Project date

9 Sep 2015 - 30 Apr 2017

Number of partners in project

4

Lead organisation

Province of Forlì-Cesena, Italy

Partners

Accès Culture, France;

GobEx - Consejería de Educación y Cultura, Spain;

University of Wolverhampton (Arena Theatre), UK

At EU level there is no homogeneous approach regarding the development of standards that ensure the uniformity and high quality of audio-description in theatres. There are some good practices but generally the level of accessibility of theatres to blind and partially sighted is low. Audio description has to become the norm, not the exception, as it is today. Equal access to museums, theatres and places of cultural interest is a right of visually impaired people, not a luxury.

The main objective of the project is to increase the accessibility of theatres to blind and partially sighted people in four involved territories (Forli-Cesena, Extremadura, Wolverhampton and Paris). The specific objectives are to: improve professional competences of audio-describers and audio translators, support exchange of best practices and improve management skills of private and cultural sector to facilitate the audio-description services and to enhance transnational cooperation in order to create new business models for audio-description services.

The objectives will be achieved through a set of activities which will produce concrete results and long-term impacts on target groups: elaboration of four Local Action Plans which will contain indications and recommendations to improve the accessibility of theatres, exchange of best practices and study visits, transnational trainings targeted to audio-describers and audio translators, identification of winning business models for audio describers and local protocols of understanding in order to support the audio-describers to act cooperatively and to transform their skills into a business opportunity, realisation of pilot actions to increase the offer of audio-description and to improve the promotion of the services of audio description among blind and visually impaired people.

The partnership is composed by two local public authorities, one cultural association/provider of audio-description and one university. The project will last 20 months.

Venue Manager of the Arena Theatre and Performance hub, Neil Reading said: “This is an exciting project that the department is really looking forward to being a part of as we are being able to create and run productions for targeted audiences in productions that people do not get to see every day. We are keen to be a part of a project that recognises the need to celebrate art and its value among all communities. I am confident that everyone involved in the T4ALL project will hugely benefit from it.”

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