Ability Fest is back – bigger and better than ever. The festival is the brainchild of gold medalist Paralympian Dylan Alcott, who has partnered with Untitled Group to bring the community Ability Fest, an inclusive event with all proceeds going towards young Australians living with disabilities.
Last year was the first Ability Fest, raising over $200,000 for young Australians living with a disability. The festival is is designed to be inclusive to all, especially those living with a disability. Ramps, accessible toilets, viewing stations, and quiet zones are all part of creating an inclusive and accessible festival. Founder Dylan Alcott created this festival out of his love of music festivals and how they have the power to make him feel included and accepted. His aim is to “achieve big dreams, through tangible means” with money going towards purchasing expensive sporting equipment, and educational grants to those living with a disability. Last year, the Dylan Alcott foundation gifted eight year old Jin a $10,000 wheelchair so that he could perhaps one day be a paralympian too.
Alcott wants the festival to be a place that is inclusive for all, he reported that last year, “nobody cared about their race, gender, sexual orientation, and most importantly, their disability. I had so many people with disabilities come up [to me], and it was the first time they’d ever been to a festival with their family and friends, in tears, saying thank you” says Alcott.
Many take granted the privileges of being able to have full accessibility at most events. Auslan interpreters will be translating all of the performances on the day. Last year interpreters, interpreted over nine hours of live music, so that people who have could enjoy the festival.
This year’s festival lineup includes acts like The Presets, E^ST, Hot Dub Wine Machine, and Kim Churchill – to view the full set list click here.
“I want to help young Australians who are struggling to come to terms with their disability fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams” says Alcott.
If you want to attend Ability Fest this year, you can purchase tickets or learn more here.
Once you’ve bought your tickets, search for an independent support worker to accompany you to Ability Fest on Mable!