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Eastern Riverina Arts unveils PLATFORM

Eastern Riverina Arts has unveiled PLATFORM, a multi-sensory mobile art installation space adapted from a 20-foot shipping container, available for hire by festival and event organisers.

With one in five Australians identifying with disability, PLATFORM means event organisers can integrate accessibility simply into their planning, and increase participation and visibility of both artists and people with disability at community events.

The space features soft music, slow moving lights, interactive tactile objects and weighted blankets. A portable accessible deluxe bathroom is also available to accompany PLATFORM, ensuring festivals and large events can be inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities.

Dr Tim Kurylowicz, Executive Director of Eastern Riverina Arts, said: “Participating in the arts is a foundational right. So much cultural activity in our region is led by community and volunteer groups. PLATFORM enables us to meet them where they are at, to enhance the great events they are putting on and start them on a journey to thinking more about accessibility and inclusiveness. We have designed this project to have an ongoing legacy, to help festival organisers put accessibility at the forefront of their events.”

PLATFORM is an initiative of Eastern Riverina Arts in collaboration with IDEAS (Information on Disability Education and Awareness Service). The project is funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Information, Linkages and Capacity Building program.

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