The SSI New Beginnings Festival, being held Saturday the 16th of November at Tumbalong Park, Sydney, is a unique celebration of the creative work of artists, performers and craftspeople from refugee and migrant backgrounds living in NSW. People of all abilities are welcome to join the festivities. Mable are delighted to be the Accessibility and Inclusion Partner for the SSI’s Spring 2019 New Beginning Festival.
For the festival, Mable are hosting an Access and Inclusion tent, with a quiet space, lived experience educators from the SSI Our Voice program, DIY bag making workshops, sensory tools such as noise-cancelling headphones, sensory toys and communication cards, mindfulness activities and disability and cultural awareness resources.
Support workers from Mable, representing a range of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, will be present to support attendees to navigate and enjoy the festival.
Mable co-founder and CEO Peter Scutt says, “We are proud to be invited as the Accessibility and Inclusion Partner for this year’s festival, given the shared values and mission of Mable and SSI New Beginnings to drive awareness of diversity and inclusion in the arts.”
Additionally, with Mable’s support, SSI has developed an Access and Inclusion Guide to welcome and support attendees of all abilities. The guide, which includes information about travelling to the venue, location of places of interest and accessible bathrooms and facilities, is downloadable from the New Beginnings website. You can read more about the importance of inclusive design here.
The event venue, Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour, is fully accessible for persons with mobility requirements.
About the SSI New Beginnings Festival
An initiative of SSI’s Arts & Culture Program, the SSI New Beginnings Festival has been held bi-annually during Refugee Week (June) and Spring (November) since 2015.
Through an innovative and vibrant program staged at inner-city venues, the festival showcases the work of culturally and linguistically diverse artists and makers to Sydney audiences and beyond.
Ultimately, the celebration of hope, unity and new beginnings aims to encourage people to celebrate the creative contributions newcomer artists and communities bring to Australia.
Mable are looking forward to the event to assist in making this event more accessible, so the wider community can enjoy this celebration of hope, unity, and new beginnings
When: Saturday, November 16, 2019Time: 12.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, 11 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW
Find the Mable Accessibility and Inclusion Tent next to the main stage.
If you would like to find an independent support work to assist you to attend the festival this weekend, you can search the profiles of independent support workers here.