PLATFORM Live takes accessible arts festival online

Hanna Cormick (PLATFORM Live curator and artist) in 'The Mermaid' (Photo: Shelly Higgs Novel Photographic)

PLATFORM Live is an one-day, online festival featuring some of Australia's boldest, funniest, creative, and most provocative deaf and disabled artists and performers, broadcasting live on Saturday 27 June.

Curated by Canberra-based Hanna Cormick and Daniel Savage, who both identify as artists with disability, and supported by Eastern Riverina Arts, PLATFORM Live consists of four online sessions of PLATFORM Ideas, Screen, Words and Stage. The festival will be fully supported by audio description, closed captions and Auslan.

From left to right: Andy Jackson, Gayle Kennedy, Carly Findlay (Images supplied)

Highlights from the festival include readings by Melbourne-based speaker Carly Findlay OAM, Andy Jackson and Gayle Kennedy, a panel discussion on online arts in the time of COVID-19 from 'veteran isolators', and performances by stand-up comedian Madeleine Stewart, musician Liz Martin and burlesque performer and Deaf artist Katia Schwartz.

"Everyone has the right to participate in the cultural life wherever they live. PLATFORM has been our way of increasing inclusivity and accessibility for events in regional NSW. We have worked with volunteer festival teams, giving them the tools to put people with disability front and centre in their event planning. In the rush to move events online quickly and cheaply, accessibility and inclusivity has sometimes been overlooked, says PLATFORM Live producer Scott Howie.

From left to right: Katia Schwartz, Liz Martin, Madeline Stewart (Images supplied)

The PLATFORM Live festival aims to promote an initiative by Eastern Riverina Arts called PLATFORM, a multi-sensory mobile art installation space adapted from a 20-foot shipping container, now available for hire by festival and event organisers.

With one in five Australians identifying with disability, the PLATFORM space is an accessible experience for people of all ages and abilities who might otherwise find that attending a festival or event is beyond their reach. The festival showcases some of the ways PLATFORM can be used at future events.


Date: Saturday 27 June

Time: 2pm sharp

Where: Online

Cost/Booking: Free Watch here