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May 23, 2022 - June 5, 2022

2022 ACCESS Festival

Hosted by Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture

The ACCESS Festival opens May 23 and runs through June 5 with Art Shows, Cabarets, workshops and special events throughout the Downtown South featuring disabled and equity seeking artists, musicians and community leaders. Help create a large wheelchair parade assembly, decorate wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices for the parade, and make banners and placards to celebrate and raise awareness of “ACCESSability”. Contact us to run your own wheelchair decoration workshop or join existing workshops. 

Presented by the Downtown South Community Association in partnership with Kickstart Disability Arts and financial support from the City of Vancouver, the Province of BC, Wildlife Thrift Store and SPARC BC.

Organizations

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture

PO Box 2749 Station Terminal, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3X2, Canada

Phone number: (604) 343-9141

Email: hello@kickstartdisability.ca

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture, in Vancouver BC, gives artists with disabilities a voice. This can mean everything from facilitating a disability art group, to bringing an international film to Vancouver, to presenting art exhibitions and concerts. We are committed to supporting and promoting artists in every discipline, with all disabilities (and sometimes collaborations with able-bodied artists). We present the best in Vancouver and BC, and where possible, we bring new voices to Vancouver from across the country and around the world. We support artists and develop audiences for an understanding of disability art. Becoming part of the larger picture, of course, means professionalism. Kickstart is also committed to presenting professional work in a professional context. To coin a phrase “authentic non-sentimental expressions of the disability experience”. In programming and curating, we present cutting-edge work as the artists we present offer distinct perspectives on the human experience – risk taking, artistically engaging, socially relevant and at times, challenging. We are a nonprofit Society and a registered federal charity in Canada, with a small staff and a dedicated crew of volunteers. Please check out one of our events and get involved with us!