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Invitation to register: Relaxed Performance Training in Vancouver April 14-16, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 1:14 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)


PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in collaboration with British Council Canada is pleased to offer a Relaxed Performance (RP) training program in Vancouver, BC on April 14, 15 and 16, 2018. In partnership with Tangled Art + Disability, this program is support by the Canada Council for the Arts.

In 2016, British Council invited six artists and cultural organizers invested in advocating for accessible arts to be trained by UK’s Include Arts. Now certified trainers ‘in the making’, the Access Activators are bringing their knowledge and energy to support organizations across Canada to integrate Relaxed Performances into their programming. The pilot program of training is currently seeing the activation and animation of RP in arts and performance venues across Canada and will continue over the next year.

What is a Relaxed Performance?

Relaxed performances were initially designed to make theatre spaces more comfortable and welcoming to audience members with autism spectrum disorders, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities. Other audience members who benefit from Relaxed Performances include parents with toddlers, people with Tourette's syndrome, people who experience anxiety or even people who just don’t enjoy the conventions that are experienced in a traditional theatre setting.

Why should your organization offer Relaxed Performances?

As well as complying with federal and provincial accessibility legislation, expanding your programming in ways that welcome disability will improve your sustainability as a cultural space while putting your organization on the map. More importantly, it is imperative that all audiences be able to experience arts and culture without barriers. Join us in helping to make our arts and cultural sector more inclusive.

We wish to invite you and your organization to participate in the upcoming training in Vancouver. Here is the link to register and for more information on the training details: http://bit.ly/2DsOhBD

Deadline to register: April 3, 2018

The Access Activators training program will include the following 3 levels. Please note that the venues are different for Session 1 and sessions 2 & 3.

  1. The Foundation: The Principles of a Relaxed Performance
  2. Saturday, April 14, 10am-4:30pm
    1. Venue: ArtStarts: 808 Richards St. Vancouver, BC
  3. Getting the Word Out: Marketing and Audience Development
  4. Sunday, April 15, 10am-2pm
    1. Venue: The Post at 750: 110 – 750 Hamilton St. Vancouver, BC
  5. Opening the Doors: Front of House Staff and Box Office
  6. Monday, April 16, 10am-2pm
    1. Venue: The Post at 750: 110 – 750 Hamilton St. Vancouver, BC

    Accessibility: The ArtStarts Lab is located on the Mezzanine level. An elevator is available for access to the Mezzanine level. The Post at 750 has 4 gender-neutral toilets, one that is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair and other mobility-challenged access to The Post at 750 is through the CBC Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street.

    We are requesting a registration fee of $325 per organization. This fee will secure your spot for participation in all three sessions for up to 5 members of your organization.

    Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to pass this information onto other organizations who you think may be interested.

    Contact Information: 

    Cléo Sallis-Parchet
    Project Coordinator | Coordonatrice de projets – Arts
    British Council Canada | 2, Queen Street East, suite 1401 | P.O. Box 30
    Toronto, Ontario M5C 3G7
    T: +1 647-352-8355




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