Discussions and awareness on how arts and culture can be harnessed to build an inclusive society were generated during the Arts & Disability International Conference and the True Colours Festival held on 22-23 March 2018. The Conference attracted about 350 international and local participants from the public, private, and people sectors. It is a culmination of the past editions of the Arts & Disability Forum since 2016. In the third year (2018), the SIF contributed as a principal partner of the Conference, working closely with co-organisers National Arts Council and Very Special Arts to continue exchanges and foster leadership within the disability sector.
In the spirit of growing an Arts for Good network within the region, the SIF invited 10 participants from Southeast Asia to participate in the Conference. The group comprised artists, art administrators, educators and social welfare programmers.
Together Very Special Arts, the SIF supported the sole theatre showcase at the True Colours Festival (24-25 March 2018), which was held in conjunction with the Conference. No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability’s world premiere of “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” and “My Home is Not a Shell” – a collaborative work-in-progress with Very Special Theatrics were performed to a full house on 24 and 25 March.
This project is part of the SIF’s Arts for Good initiative, which seeks to promote awareness of social issues, share best practices and enable action for positive social impact through arts and culture.
Credit (for some photographs): Arts & Disability International Conference 2018, co-organised by Very Special Arts Singapore (VSA) and National Arts Council (NAC)”.
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