Projects: Cities of Culture – Matera

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Cities of Culture – Matera
We are currently working with the British Council to develop training for European Cities of Culture, to support creative and accessible events. The first of this is in Italy, where we are working in a 3-way partnership between the British Council, Matera 2019, and the Italian dance festival ‘Oriente Occidente’ (who already work with the UK disabled theatre company Candoco and also with many of Italy’s disabled dance artists) as part of national conversations they are hosting regarding dance & disability.

The DisOrdinary Architecture Project (Zoe Partington, Noemi Lakmaier and Jos Boys) will offer a 2-day intensive process exploring one of the spaces used by Matera 2019, together with students from the Matera Open Design School – a project for young professionals in design and architecture. We will offer an inclusive design methodology that students can then continue to use to explore and examine other spaces of the year-long festival. We will also host, and contribute to, 2 short 90minute symposia – one looking at performing arts & disability, and one looking at architecture, space and cities. The aim is to launch an ongoing debate and develop activities that last beyond our intervention.

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