Believes less is more and values experiences rather than material possessions.
Experience passionately inspiring performances at the Undercover Artist Festival - the first arts and disability festival of its kind in Queensland. We increasingly live our lives via technology, however the various art forms offer us a unique and powerful opportunity to engage in real time. It allows the freedom to be creative and expressive, and contributes to one's development and positive transformation. Over the past 30 years Access Arts has created a sense of community for people with disability or from disadvantaged circumstances to embrace this opportunity and participate in the arts. Access Art is one of Australia's acknowledged leaders, inspiring the cultural sector to break barriers that change lives.
Access Arts Chief Executive, Pat Swell said, "At Access Arts we believe the arts are for everybody. But it isn't just about access, it's also about creating opportunities for artists with disabilities that will enhance their practice and further their careers. The festival is the first of its kind in Queensland and will not only showcase a range of talent but will also inspire many others to follow their dreams."
The response to the artist callout was impressive, resulting in a selection of professional and emerging artists from around Australia and overseas showcasing their work at the festival. The festival will feature theatre, dance, music and cabaret performances, works-in-progress, installation art, stand-up comedy, workshops and forums. The program provides a feast of local, national and international performances to excite, inspire and entertain. See program here
Starring Alicia Jane Steele in Schadenfreude – a dark humoured mini musical motivated by French and German "kabarett" culture. Schadenfreude returns home to Brisbane for one night only, after a season at the iconic Butterfly Club theatre in Melbourne.
Karen Lee Roberts presents It's Not Easy Being Green, a inspiring, informative performance that creates awareness of mental wellness. It is emotionally charged and encourages the audience to live a more accomplished life.
Second Echo Ensemble proudly presents a brief glance of their latest project, The Rite of Spring in which they explore the promise of spring, their rights and dreams. These are expressed though dance, physical theatre and immersive design. Many of the members have been part of the ensemble since its inception.
Festival highlights include:
Workshop with leading inclusive theatre company Back to
Back Theatre from Victoria
Dance artists, musicians, cabaret performers and actors from across Australia and New Zealand
Thought provoking panel discussions with Back to Back Theatre and Robyn Archer AO, Strategic Advisor, Arts and Culture, Gold Coast.
Site-specific art installations.
Festival Director Belinda Locke said, "The quality and quantity of work proposed for the festival by Australian and New Zealander artists experiencing disability is a testament to the importance of this event. It is shaping up to be an excellent festival. We couldn't have launched this new national festival without the support our partner organisations have given us, especially Queensland Theatre Company who have really gone all out to help us make this event that celebrates diversity a great success."
Celebrate the work of our artists, at this vibrant, exciting and inspirational event.Different art forms offer different opportunities, challenges and rewards. Individuals and groups are bringing their creative and imaginative talents to the attention of Australian audiences in many different ways.