Welcome to the #SeeMe #HearMe Flashmob 2016
A dynamic live performance supporting adults with learning disabilities to claim their right to participate in Exeter's cultural scene.
On 21st September 2016 we will be taking over the Guildhall and Princesshay shopping centres with a colourful parade giving a clear message to the people of Exeter that many adults with disabilities need additional support to access Exeter's cultural offer. We are all equal yet there is more work to be done in ensuring that disabled people enjoy the same rights as everyone else. The adults taking part in the #SeeMe #HearMe Flashmob will be making a stand for their human rights whilst also enriching our cultural world with what promises to be an invigorating and unique performance. This event brings attention to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2008). In particular the right to participate in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport and the pressing need to continue to raise positive awareness and to influence matters of local and national significance.
This project is brought to you by Amerie and Samantha of Encounter Theatre & Therapy. We are a leading-edge arts and health social enterprise based at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre. We understand that culture is a co-created, live experience and we bring meaning to life through socially-responsive theatre and dramatherapy. We know that opportunities for self-expression empower and transform people's lives. We create projects that support our participants to self-advocate and to be proactive in instigating cultural change.
The #SeeMe #HearMe Flashmob is part of our on-going self-advocacy campaign for equal rights and sits within our Positive Cultural Participation & Engagement (PCPE) project. We are working with our producing partners CEDA (www.cedaonline.org.uk) for the second year running, bringing together performers of all abilities from various organisations in the Southwest.
Last year's Flashmob took on the theme of the Rugby World Cup 2015 and enabled participants to access and meaning in their connection to the city wide celebrations. You can listen to our #SeeMe #HearMe audio piece, which was commissioned and broadcast by Exeter's community radio station, Phonic FM.
This year we are expanding our message to emphasise that there is something each and every one of us can do to bring about positive cultural change. This can be a simple act, such as keeping the needs of adults who have learning disabilities in mind when visiting your favourite cultural venues. Or you can go a step further and donate towards this campaign. There is a great range of rewards which we hope offers something to suit everyone and conveys our gratitude for your support.
The funds we raise here will go towards ensuring that the #SeeMe #HearMe Flashmob runs smoothly and effectively this year. They will also help Encounter Theatre & Therapy and our associate artists to continue developing and delivering disability rights work through the PCPE project.
Help us to plan the future:
If we top our target, your money will be used to continue our campaign beyond this year's Flashmob. With your support we will be able to work with Phonic FM, Stonefree Photography, a local film maker and branding experts Alder&Alder to gather evidence of this year's Flashmob and disseminate news of the wider campaign through local and national media channels.
Over the next year we will also be working hard to expand the reach and influence of The Audience Club, a club offering a programme of Exeter's best performances, in a way that is accessible for adults with learning disabilities. We aim to increase our membership, create opportunities for our members to dialogue with venues and ensure support is in place for them to be active decision makers in their own cultural experience.
Ultimately, your support now will help us to gather the resources and momentum needed to make this year's event a success and build towards an even bigger, brighter and louder Flashmob in September 2017.
Thank you for your support!
You are helping to ensure that an important message is seen and heard loud and clear:
More work needs to be done to ensure that disabled people enjoy the same opportunities as everyone else. Not only is it their right but it is also the right thing to do and we can all do something to enable this.
The #SeeMe #HearMe Flashmob is supported by Exeter City Council.