Access Arts is presenting the Undercover Artist Festival, the first ever arts and disability festival of its kind in Queensland, showcasing international and home-grown talent at an event that promises to be accessible to all audiences and artists.
The festival will be bursting with creativity featuring spectacles of theatre, dance, music and cabaret performances, works-in-progress, installation art, stand-up comedy, workshops and forums, from a range of emerging and professional artists from Australia and around the world.
Chief Executive of Access Arts Pat Sewell discusses the positive impact the festival will have on the community.
“At Access Arts we believe the arts are for everybody. But it isn’t just about access, it’s also about creating opportunities for artists with disabilities that will enhance their practice and further their careers. The festival is the first of its kind in Queensland and will not only showcase a range of talent but will also inspire many others to follow their dreams.”
Highlights of the weekend will include a workshop hosted by Geelong’s leading theatre company Back to Back, as well as a panel discussion with Gold Coast Strategic Advisor and Arts and Culture professional, Robyn Archer.
Festival Director Belinda Locke said, “The quality and quantity of work proposed for the festival by Australian and New Zealander artists experiencing disability is a testament to the importance of this event. It is shaping up to be an excellent festival. We couldn’t have launched this new national festival without the support our partner organisations have given us, especially Queensland Theatre Company who have really gone all out to help us make this event that celebrates diversity a great success.”
The festival will run for 2 days over the 26th and 27th of June, with a Dance Integrated Australia Residency running from the 22nd to the 26th.