Case Study: You Are Here Festival - Accessibility

Accessibility information and services allow people with mixed abilities to experience events to a fuller capacity. You Are Here Festival has worked to make their festival events more accessible to people with experiences of disability. Arrangements include Auslan interpretation, audio description of visual works, accessible formats for brochures and website, physical venue access information, tactile/touch tours for sight impaired, assistive listening, relaxed performances (designed to create a safe and welcoming space for patrons with learning disabilities and sensory communication impairments), and a rating of shows that are 100%, 75% and 50% visual content for those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

You Are Here Festival organisers select events for Auslan interpreting based on certain criteria including suitability of the event for Auslan interpretation (e.g. there is dialogue to be interpreted), time and date of the event (as this can affect whether the relevant community will be able to attend the event). Festival staff also have conversations with the artist presenting an event to ensure they understand the benefits of having the event interpreted, as sometimes use of interpretation can involve changes to event set up and technical requirements. Organisers also aim to present a diverse offering of events in accessible formats by considering different types of events and topics.