Disability History Month: The intersection of being Disabled and a person of Colour

After our project finished for theIntercession of being Disabled and Black for Black History Month, we are now in the Disability History Month with the Intersection of being Disabled and being People of Colour.

We are working /collaborating with Sisters of Frida, a Disabled Women’s Collective, supported by Woolwich Centre Library. Due to the lockdown constraints, all the interviews are held over zoom.

Here are the first of the few interviews

Shura Davey
Sarifa Patel
James Lee
Fazilet Hadi

Black History Month event

Black Disabled Lives Matter with thanks to @jtknoxroxs for the image

We are very happy to announce that we were successful in our application to Greenwich #RBG for two Black History Month events.

There will be a webinar on 5th October and a small interview and videoing event on the 10th October.

See more information at this post on the webinar

Register for Webinar https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/culture-access-28016946337. URL for webinar will be posted to those who registered.

We are working with BME Volunteers, Greenwich DPAC . Thank you for the support from Woolwich Centre Library and Bathway Theatre, Greenwich University.

Funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich for Black History Month 2020

If you’re interested in being a participant, do write to us at eleanor@cultureaccess.co.uk or send us a tweet at @cult_access

Chisato Minamimura will be joining us at the Disabled & Proud Festival 30th November

Scored In Silence at Disabled & Proud Festival

Photos credit to Mark Pickthall

Scored in SIlence – Dance Documentary
Film screening of excerpt from “Scored in Silence” (12 mins) followed by a Q&A from Chisato Minamimura and producer Amy Zamarripa Solis (8 mins). There will be sound, music, sign mime and voiceover in the film, as well as a live BSL interpreter. 

“Scored in Silence” is Chisato’s new solo digital artwork that unpacks the untold tales of deaf hibakusha – survivors of the A-Bombs that fell in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and their experiences at the time and afterwards. 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings and it is also the year that Tokyo will also host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Scored in Silence” was developed alongside partners VibraFusionLab in Ontario, Canada and showcased at Brighton Digital Festival and Manchester Science Festival in 2018. It was selected for the British Council Edinburgh Fringe Festival Showcase in August 2019.
It will be part of Disabled & Proud Festival evening performances 6-8pm. 
Woolwich Centre Library
35 Wellington Street,
Woolwich SE18 6HQ

Full programme: http://cultureaccess.co.uk/culture-access-invites-you-to-to-disabled-proud-festival/

Chisato Minamimura is a dance artist and art presenter born in Japan, now based in London. She has created, promoted, performed & taught dance across 20 countries, including 3 years (2003-6) as a company member of internationally-renowned CandoCo Dance. She was involved in Aerial Performances with Graeae Theatre Company, London Paralympic Opening Ceremony 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Cultural Olympiad. She approaches choreography from her unique perspectives as a Deaf artist, creating what she calls ‘visual sound/ music’.

see Festival page for more details

Culture Access invites you to to Disabled & Proud Festival

We are very proud to announce and invite you to our Festival in Woolwich, London on 30th Nov 2019

image of Dennis with pink hat and glasses in a suit and tie at a mike and strumming a guitar.
Dennis Queen performing in Greenwich 2018, photo by Wasi Daniju

Workshops 3pm to 5 pm at Bathway Theatre, SE18 6QX

Performances 6pm to 8 pm at Woolwich Central Library, SE18 6HQ

Workshops lead by Lucy Sheen (drama ), Mx Dennis Queen (music) and Richard Hering (smartphone video).

Eventbrites will be set up for each workshop – first come, first serve basis with more details.

Please book at Eventbrite for drama workshop, Eventbrite for the music workshop, Eventbrite for video workshop, Eventbrite for evening performances

Exhibition *Neurodiversions* ​ Annabel Crowley and Shura Joseph-Gruner present their creative responses to their day-to-day neurodiversions.

Exhibition : Digital Quilt of Disabled Women (work in progress by Eleanor Lisney and Natasha Hirst and others) will be presented.

There will also be stalls (let us know if you would like one by emailing: eleanor (at) cultureaccess.co.uk) and display of books to celebrate Disability History Month

Evening Perfomances will be compered by Joanna Abeyie with Disabled artists such as Miss Jacqui(spoken word artist), Dennis Queen(musician and singer), Janine Booth(Poet, author and activist), Sorena Francis and more to be announced. Contact us (eleanor (at) cultureaccess.co.uk) if you would like to perform. There will be BSL interpreters.

More performers : Chisato Minamimura, Naomi Jacobs will also be joining us.

Eventbrite for evening performances

More details on this page!

Access directions and details are on this page

The Nomadic Garden Party

huge mural which has text and central is a red double decker with tentacles out of its windows
impressive Meeting of Styles Mural at the garden

On the May day bank holiday, I went to something I saw curiously advertised as the Nomadic Garden 2nd Birthday Party.

I asked if it was accessible as I am interested in communal gardens, they said it was but it would’t be smooth as the flooring was woodchips

The ground is covered in wood chips so not easy for a self-propelled but an Indoor/Outdoor wheelchair would be fine. No stepped access or hazards from main gate

It took us (I went with my intrepid support worker, James) some time to find the space. I was slightly side tracked by the stalls on Brick lane.

We found it in the end and we met James/Jimmy who gave us a potted history of the place – as is narrated in the video.

East Asian woman with hat sitting next to a white man.
with James/ Jimmy who started the project

James told me of the Raggae BBQ party and campfire they have every weekend. The floor might be woodchip strewn but they did think of rudimentary access ramps for wheelchair users.

ramp up to the stage

wooden ramp
wooden ramp

Many of the plants were in raised beds so they can easily be accessed by some wheelchair users, the people were genearally friendly. It is an accessible place to bring some friends and hang out! Especially when the weather is good!

James said they would definitely like to open it up to more disabled people. Party anyone?

Next event party Meeting of Styles – 27th/28th May

Address Nomadic Gardens E2 6EE Shoreditch