In 2019, Revelland embarked on a mission to make performing arts accessible to everyone. We composed an amazing team of performance designers, sense specialists and organisers, and three music acts joined Revelland for an exhilarating two-year process to transform their live show to an immersive experience: KNARS (NL), KRANKk (BE) and Perhaps Contraption (UK). In close collaboration with Creative Europe Desk NL, we presented our findings at Europe’s leading music conference Eurosonic Noorderslag on January 20 2022. The entire panel was recorded and can now be replayed.
Making live concerts accessible has been part of an ongoing debate, but the focus is often on practical issues such as ramps and having sign interpreters. Although these talks are important, they frame the issue as a burden based on the assumption that accessibility costs time, money and effort. But accessibility and inclusion of people with a disability on the stage and in the audience can be an asset for concerts as a whole. Revelland draws inspiration from the way disabled people experience live music. The international collective of artists, performance designers, sense specialists and organizers uses this inspiration to transform live performances to immersive, sensory and accessible experiences.
Creative Europe Desk NL and Possibilize (the initiator of Revelland) invited deaf Finnish rap artist Signmark, composer and experience designer Stephanie Singer (UK), Belgian music act KRANKk and Nikki Manuputty (Possibilize). Together, they did a deep-dive into the creative process, talked about how a limitation can be turned into an inspiration and explained how sensory elements such as visuals, taste, scent or dance can enrich a live performance. Creative accessibility is the key to the future of live music: these are inclusive solutions that create value for multiple target groups, both with and without a disability. Are you ready to change the way you experience and create music?
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