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New arts festival to launch in Aberdeen next month
Aberdeen will see the launch of its first inclusive arts festival on 20 September 2013.
GET INclusive has been organised by the Aberdeen Arts Coalition with Aberdeen City Council, and is supported by world-renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.
The aim of the two-day festival is to bring together people with a range of backgrounds and abilities. Just over a year since the London Olympics showcased the amazing commitment and talents of people with disabilities in sporting achievement, this festival will showcase an equal commitment in the field of the arts with people with disabilities working hand-in-hand with able-bodied people in a true spirit of inclusion.
The Coalition is a group of small organisations which provide services for people with disabilities, with the focus on realising their hopes and dreams through the arts.
Acts at the two-day Cowdray Hall festival will include Leanne Smith, Tonkin, Mixit, Out of the Darkness, and 5th Avenue an eclectic mix of North-east culture , including disco, pop, jazz, blues, and Scottish traditional and new music. The festival will also showcase comedy from John Scott, along with art, film and photography exhibitions from established local artists. Satellite events will be staged in various venues in the city, including Gerry Jablonski and the Electric Band at the Lemon Tree, Dan Leakie at the Athenaeum, and live comedy, art, dance and drumming workshops.
Dame Evelyn Glennie said: "GET INclusive aims to increase awareness and to see beyond the disability. Projects like this have had an enormous impact on the lives of people who need to be included and given purpose.
"The arts have always been a wonderful bridge in providing this essential type of support and I am happy to be associated with this innovative and creative series of events. Aberdeen is a stunning city and I wholeheartedly applaud the city for embracing the involvement in arts and culture for everyone, regardless of their background and abilities."
Pete Richmond, Social Care and Wellbeing Planning and Development Manager at Aberdeen City Council, said: "In these times of austerity, we need a huge increase in the supply of inventiveness, creativity, spontaneity and improvisation, and this festival is an exciting expression of those qualities.
"GET INclusive will showcase many untapped local talents. The festival is not simply promoting inclusive performance we are also promoting inclusive audiences this is not a festival for people with disabilities, it's for everyone."
Tickets for the Cowdray Hall events are £5 for each of the three sessions, including a free drink at the bar and are available from Aberdeen Box Office, tel (01224) 641122 Friday 20 September: doors open 6.30pm, show runs 7pm-10pm; Saturday 21 September (two shows): doors open 2.30pm, show runs 3pm-6pm; doors open 7pm, show runs 7.30-10.30pm.
For more information, visit www.faceboook.com/AberdeenArtsCoalition.