Online Panel Event  Date: Monday 1 March  Time: 15.00-16.00 From Europe Beyond Access, in collaboration with Acesso Cultura in Portugal.

Photo by Pedro Tiagro. Raw a Nude by Diana Niepce.

Event: Online Panel
Disabled artists in the mainstream: a new cultural agenda for Europe

Date: Monday 12 March 
Time: 15.00-16.00
From: Europe Beyond Access, in collaboration with Acesso Cultura in Portugal.

The topic of conversation will be arts and disability, and in particular a report published last year: "Disabled artists in the mainstream: a new cultural agenda for Europe". The Report outlines the central importance of access to the arts for disabled people as artists, audiences, and arts professionals.

It covers:

  • how to improve funding structures
  • how to design budgets that don’t discourage arts organisations from working with disabled artists, and 
  • how to ensure that theatres, venues and arts projects are actively welcoming more diverse visitors.


  • Moderator/Chair: Ben Evans, Head of Arts and Disability, British Council EU
  • Maria Vlachou, Director of Acesso Cultura
  • Diana Niepce, Portuguese dancer, and the first disabled artist to receive the EU’s i-Portunus fund 
    - read more about Diana below!
  • Filip Pawlak, Europe Beyond Access ambassador from Poland. 

The event will be livestreamed to Facebook Events, from Acesso Cultura and @europebeyondaccess’ pages.:
Facebook Events: Arts and Disability: a new cultural agenda for Europe 

Download the report. The report is also available in French and Polish.

More information about Diana Niepce

Diana is a Europe Beyond Access artist She is a Portuguese disabled dancer and choreographer who uses shock, nudity and techniques that disrupt social norms to explore the sexuality of disabled people and the objectification of non-normative bodies.

Watch Diana in action:

The British Council commissioned Diana to write two blogs, one of which, "From Portugal to Poland", describes her experience undertaking a residency in Poland with learning disabled-led company Teatr 21.

Learn more about Diana’s work on her artist profile page.

Europe Beyond Access is an ambitious 4-year programme designed to internationalise the careers of disabled artists and revolutionise Europe’s performing arts scene. 

The programme consists of an extensive plan of activity including new commissions, workshops, residencies, toolkits, networking events, performances, creative laboratories, artist interviews and films. 

The core objectives of Europe Beyond Access are to: 

  • Contribute to artistic innovation of disabled artists in Europe 
  • Revolutionise the programming palette in European performing arts through showcasing world-class disability-led work and creating a network of experienced programmers interested in commissioning and presenting artists 
  • Increase interest in disability-led work 
  • Create the best possible industry conditions to source, develop, produce and present work of disabled artists 

Europe Beyond Access is building a network of organisations committed to commissioning, presenting and supporting disabled artists.  

The core partners of the project are British Council (operating for this project in the UK and Poland), Oriente Occidente (Italy), Onassis Stegi (Greece), Holland Dance Festival (The Netherlands), Kampnagel (Germany), Per.Art (Serbia), and Skånes Dansteater (Sweden). It is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission. 

International partnerships like these are crucial for the circulation of creative ideas, supporting experimentation and the work of disabled artists, building audiences and strengthening the European arts sector. 

There are many ways you can take part and support Europe Beyond Access. 

If you are an artist:

Apply for your own artist profile and place your tour-ready work in front of international venues and producers 

Join the Europe Beyond Access Facebook Group and join a network of disabled artists across Europe. This is a space to connect, get supportive feedback, share works-in-progress, and ask questions to develop your skills. In the Group, we host regular online events featuring workshop leaders and artists. 

If you represent an organisation:

Our activities produce a huge amount of compelling visual content perfect for Instagram takeovers. If you have an audience eager for dance, performing arts or disability-related news, spruce up your feed and invite us to do a takeover. 

Book one of our artists for your programme. 

Benefit from reciprocal promotion. If you would like to share details of our upcoming events and performances with your audience, get in touch. 

If you have a question about how to make your event accessible to disabled audiences, contact us. 

If you are a journalist:

Get behind-the-scenes access to residencies, rehearsals, artist laboratories, workshops and performances. We are looking for writers to cover our activities, so whether that means interviewing artists, diving into creative processes, the themes of a specific performance, or reporting on radical developments in Poland’s arts scene, contact us. 

By engaging with our content online, you can find out about forthcoming performances, discover emerging and established disabled artists from across Europe, see behind-the-scenes on workshops and residencies, and increase public interest in disabled artists’ work. Importantly, you can directly help to raise the visibility of disabled dancers, theatre-makers and performing artists by sharing our posts. Play a part in educating the mainstream by pushing forth the brightest innovations in the field. 

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