Artscape hosts festival ahead of Disability Awareness Week

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An arts festival aimed at inclusivity kicked off on Tuesday night at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town.

ArtsAbility, which is now in its 4th year, celebrates the International Week for Persons Living with Disabilities.

It creates a platform for artists with and without disabilities to work together across various art forms including dance, music and poetry.

It’s the brainchild of the Unmute Dance Company, resident at the Artscape Theatre.

Artistic director, Nadine McKenzie, says the festival is aimed at breaking stereotypes and encouraging inclusivity in society and the arts.

“In South Africa, especially in the arts industry, there were not many opportunities for people with disabilities or programmes or spaces where artists with disabilities could come and showcase their work. The main aim was with this festival to create that platform where people can work together inclusively and come to showcase their work regardless of what their disability is,” says McKenzie.

The festival leads up to International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Monday.  It concludes with a live concert and inclusive market on Sunday.

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