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Symposium on Arts and Disabilities + Industry Workshops

Jess Thom, Robert Softley Gale, Europe Beyond Access | Sonja Parmentier | Jonny Cotsen | STET The English Theatre
STET No Limits Festival
ma 7 okt - 11:00 - 16:30
ma 7 okt 2024
11:00 - 16:30

With a panel of Dutch and British performers, policy makers and experts, we discuss the current state of the industry. With in-depth discussions on intersectionality, this is adding to the important conversation around access in theatre.

After lunch, there will be two Industry Workshops. Read on to see the full programme and details. A supplement ticket of €15 for the two workshops can be purchased together with your Symposium ticket.

This event markt the kickoff to The Week of Access-ability (Week van de toegankelijkheid)

See the full schedule of the programme below. Click the workshops to jump to the descriptions.


11:00 – 13:00

Short performance
Keynote & Symposium
Europe Beyond Access & Week of Accessibility kick off!

13:00 – 14:00



Industry Workshop by Sonja Parmentier (dancer in a wheelchair, NL): Changing Perspectives + the Dutch context of inclusive arts

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee and Networking Break

15:30 – 16:30

Industry Workshop by Jonny Cotsen (Hard of hearing actor, UK): Embedding creative access within your practice

16:30 – 17:00

Closure and wrap up. What have we learnt?


14:00-15:00 Changing perspectives + the Dutch context of inclusive arts

with Sonja Parmentier - Open workshop for performing arts professionals

Join us for a 60 minutes transformative workshop with Sonja Parmentier, a dancer in a wheelchair. Delve into Sonja’s thought-provoking exploration of inclusion in the performing arts, where she addresses the crucial question: why, despite ongoing conversations, does the journey towards true inclusion seem so challenging?

15:30 – 16:30 Embedding Creative Access within your Practice

with Jonny Cotsen - Open workshop for performing arts professionals

This 60 minute session is thoughtfully crafted to guide theatre professionals in seamlessly integrating inclusivity into their professional lives. As a deaf individual, Jonny Cotsen (UK), a qualified art teacher turned performance artist and inclusion consultant, shares practical insights and down-to-earth strategies in an interactive session.