Audio desciption at the Adelaide Festival

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:15am

The annual Adelaide Festival, considered one of the world’s best celebrations of the arts, kicks off on 28 February with a program full of audio described events for people who are blind or vision impaired.

Five theatre performances will be audio described by newly established Adelaide access company Access2Arts as well as selected artworks in one of the art exhibits. Audio description will be transmitted through personal headsets, the same way it is at the cinema.

The Shadow King, The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean, Fugitive, School Danceand The Seagull will offer patrons drama, intrigue and laughs. All performances are complemented by a tactile tour commencing one hour beforehand to give blind and vision impaired patrons a sense of the sets and costumes.

Worlds in Collision is shown across four Festival sites and explores things as diverse as time travel, near-death experiences and abandoned Star Wars sets. Audio description for this is available via the Adelaide Festival’s iPhone & Android apps.

All bookings for these performances can be made through BASS on 131 246 or through the BASS website. Patrons need to request audio description headsets on booking and inform BASS staff of any access requirements.

A number of performances also have Auslan interpreters.

The Festival’s full program can be viewed online. An audio version of the Festival’s access program [Mp3] is also available.

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