Hong Kong art for everyone, By ALL Means

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Thursday, 20 November 2014 12:08pm

Media Access Australia recently met with staff from Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK) during their visit to Australia for the Arts Activated conference. Both organisations were able to share experiences in delivering accessible arts programs to diverse audiences.

香港展能藝術會 Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong logo

ADAHK was formed in 1986 as a result of the first Hong Kong Festival of Arts with the Disabled. Promoting arts for everyone takes on a two-directional and complementary approach for the organisation: horizontal and vertical.

  • Horizontal development aims to educate the general community in order to promote equal opportunity for participation in the learning and creation of art.
  • Vertical development provides opportunities for professional training for people with disabilities to develop and nurture artistic talents, and promote excellence in their work.

An example of one of the programs ADAHK runs is ‘By ALL Means: Arts are for everyone’ that will take place next month. It promotes art that can be enjoyed with different senses and by different means through an exhibition and accessible journey in art appreciation.

Previous accessible programs include the first audio described Cantonese opera performance in Hong Kong in January this year; the two-day Freespace Festival attended by over 30,000 people, where open captions and audio description were provided wherever possible; and the musical of Animal Farm, presented with audio description and open captions.

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