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May 23, 2021

ABILITIES Project Conference

Recognizing the fact that people with disabilities face many barriers on a daily basis (isolation, lack of accessibility, harassment, etc.), Festival Accès Asie, with the support of Conseil des arts de Montréal and MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), initiated the ABILITIES Project to help artists with disabilities integrate into the professional arts community in Montreal.

For this pilot project in inclusive practices, the Festival worked with Azalia Kaviani, a visual artist and dancer of Iranian origin who lives with cerebral palsy, by providing her with adapted training, professional development and accommodation so that she could produce a solo art exhibition, a dance performance and deliver a conference presentation.

During the event, the public will learn about Azalia’s reality as an artist, her artistic journey and motivation to help persons with disabilities. The team members who accompanied Azalia during the process will also share their experiences about this complex, innovative and inspiring project.

A poetic short film on the ABILITIES Project, directed by Laurence Ly, will be screened at the discussion.