Cinema & arts

Better audio description through consultation

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A basic rule of research is that if you want to know what somebody thinks about your product, the best thing to do is ask them. It is surprising how little that approach is taken with access services, including audio description for blind people, which makes recent initiatives by Pixar in the US and Ericsson in Australia all the more welcome.

Left hand adjusting the volume control on a home theatre system


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Audio describing a Lion Dance

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A very popular aspect of traditional Chinese culture is the lion dance. They are performed all over the world as part of festivals and events. Sometimes the dances are performed privately in restaurants or function spaces.

Southern Lion (Style: Fut San) in the Chinese New Year Parade 2014, London. Leicester Square London (Chinatown), UK, Feb 2014. Image credit: Dawning Leung


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Credit Union Christmas Pageant provides audio description

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The Credit Union Christmas Pageant will be broadcast on 101.5FM Radio Adelaide on the morning of Saturday 14th November, with audio description provided for the very first time by Access2Arts in partnership with Beyond Bank and the Royal Society for the Blind.

Tune into 101.5FM on Pageant day Saturday 14 November. Beyond Bank proudly supports: Access2Arts and The Royal Society for the Blind. Beyond Bank is a proud sponsor of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant.

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Three upcoming accessible theatre productions in Adelaide

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Access2Arts have shared a list of upcoming touch tour and audio described productions in Adelaide for theatre fans who are blind or vision impaired.

1. Mortido - State Theatre Company

‘Mortido’ is revenge, tragedy, crime thriller and contemporary morality play all rolled into one. It begins with a Mexican fable about death and takes in the Sydney police force, Qantas, quinoa, Berlin, Nazi Germany, Krispy Kreme donuts, Coca Cola, public housing, a seventh birthday party, the property market and a body in Australia’s most famous Harbour.


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Audio described performance of Next to Normal rock musical in Perth

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The Black Swan State Theatre Company will be presenting an audio described musical theatre production at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia on Saturday 14 November.

Next to Normal: Diana Goodman lighting a candle on a cake whilst her husband Dan points a small fire extinguisher towards it.


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Museum audio described online

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A common approach for museums and galleries is to provide tours and information online, so that people who do not live in the place where it is located can still access parts of their collection.

The Rosetta Stone. Image credit: The British Museum


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Stencil Art Prize in Sydney to host audio described tour

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The Stencil Art Prize is the largest stencil event in the world to recognise and reward stencil artists. This year, there will be 92 finalists on exhibition across 21 countries and the event will also host an audio described tour on Saturday, 24 October.

Stencil Art Prize Audio Description Tour: 2pm Saturday 24 October 2015. Three stencil artworks are displayed. Download the accessible PDF flyer below for descriptions.


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Call for papers at LEAD arts access conference

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The major conference for accessible arts, LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) is being held in Pittsburgh, USA on 1-5 August 2016.

LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) call for proposals. Submit your ideas by Nov. 16


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Japan ramps up cinema access

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New laws in Japan designed to remove discrimination against people with disabilities will take effect from April 2016. One area that will benefit is access to cinema for hearing and vision impaired people.

Crowded cinema with people seated in front of a blank screen


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South Australian Museum to host audio described tours

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The South Australian Museum is set to hold two free audio described tours of the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year exhibition, showcasing aspects of the natural world including animals, landscapes and human impact on the world around us.

Image credit: 'Southern Pilbara Rock Goanna' by Jordan Vos, ANZANG competition entry


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