Cultural Inclusion CIC Launch Video - Why?

Launch video - subtitles

Launch video - audio described

Launch video - transcript

[Screen fades in to show the Cultural Inclusion logo]

[Screen shows text reading: Non-disabled children and young people aged 11 to 15 are twice as likely to visit a museum with their schools than their disabled peers.]

[Screen shows text reading: Only 53.1% of disabled children aged 5 to 11 had visited a heritage site compared to 71.5% of their non-disabled peers.]

[Screen shows a lone male dancer on a dark empty stage, lit by a single spotlight]

[Voice over by Stephen Unwin a Theatre and Opera Director, a writer, a teacher, and a father of a disabled son]

It seems to me that people who run arts organisations need to understand two things, the first is that disabled young people deserve the same rights as any other young person, and as you stand there watching non-disabled children coming into your building and having a wonderful time and growing and learning, remember that there is another group that is all too often excluded, and those people have exactly the same rights.

[Screen shows text reading: A lack of accessible information means that nearly half of learning disabled young people rely on parents, carers or schools for information about events and activities.]

[Screen shows a quote from the London Mayoral Strategy for Culture reading: There is mounting evidence, commissioned by both arts and health bodies, that creativity and the arts make a significant difference to people's physical and mental wellbeing. It can help people maintain good health and recover from illness.]

[Screen shows text reading: A project where arts were accessible by prescription led to a 37% drop in GP consultation rates and a 27% reduction in hospital admissions. This was estimated to save the NHS £216 per patient.]

[Screen returns to the dancer]

[Voice over by April Li, an Artist, an Advocate, a Lawyer, and a mother of a disabled daughter]

Many people with disabilities and their families feel very disenfranchised from their community and Society has a lot more work to do in order to embrace people with disabilities as full participants in our community. Or more simply put, as just people.

[Screen shows text reading: Research commissioned by the Arts Council showed that those who attended a cultural place or event in the previous 12 months were almost 60% more likely to report good health compared to those that had not.]

[Screen shows quote from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing reading: It is time to recognise the powerful contribution the arts can make to health and wellbeing. There are now many examples and much evidence of the beneficial impact they can have.]

[Screen show images of disabled artists, voice over by April Li]

So, imagine what could be achieved if we not only included this group of marginalised people by ensuring they had equal access to art and culture but also involved them in the conversation.

[Screen returns to the dancer and shows text reading: Dance performance by Housni (DJ) Hassan, Performer with Corali Dance Company, a leader in dance created by artists with a learning disability.]

[Video of a disabled artist creating an installation]

[Screen shows text reading: footage of artists provided by Action Space]

[Screen returns to the dancer]

[Voice over by Jodi-Alissa Bickerton, the Creative Learning Director at Graeae Theatre Company]

Theatre, the very place where we experience what it could be like to be free, to take risks, to be listened to. To face our fears as aspiring adults and artists.

[Screen shows Jodi, head and shoulders of a woman facing the camera, behind her on a green wall are pictures in frames]

I know the power of making, of seeing, breathing theatre of participatory art and its extraordinary ability to build a platform for social change.

[Screen returns to the dancer]

Never under estimate the power of your encouraging words to a young person who has a dream. It will become their plan and their success.

[Screen shows Jodi] What do our young people have to say and how do we make a bold space for that to be seen and heard?

[Video of an artist painting colourful circles on a big canvas. Behind him are similar artworks]

[Video of a group of people interacting with a big, colourful and tactile art installation. They are carrying and shaking what resembles long colourful tentacles.]

[Head and torso of a woman facing the camera. Behind her is a blue and green painting]

My name is April and I am the proud mother and two great kids. One of whom has a disability.

My daughter has taught me that her difference gives her and all those around her, by extension, an invaluable fresh perspective. She has broadened and minds of many who spent some time with her.

[Screen shows Jodi]

Where do these students go now to feel safe, to be great, to grow their confidence, to belong to and be part of a community, to be told they can, they should and they will?

[Screen shows text reading: Why support the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto?]

[Head to waist of a man wearing a patterned shirt, he is standing in front of a pipe organ and an illuminated sign saying Royal Albert Hall 150]

[Screen shows text reading: Ed Cobbold, Education and Outreach Manager at The Royal Albert Hall]

We firmly support the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto because we fundamentally believe that all children and young people should have access to high-quality Arts and Culture.

[Screen shows Stephen Unwin, head and shoulders of a man wearing a blue t-shirt. Behind him is a bookcase]

I really, really welcome the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto which seems to be a real milestone in the development in the struggle for the rights of young disabled people to enjoy, participate and access cultural activities of all kinds, right across the country.

[Head to waist of a woman wearing a patterned dress, standing next to an ornate fireplace with a large and elaborate gold clock and mirror on the mantelpiece]

[Screen shows text reading: Amy Chang, Formal Learning Producer at the Wallace Collection]

Our job, here at the Wallace Collection, is to facilitate those experiences and open up those opportunities. So, the work we do chimes really well with all the aims of the [Cultural Inclusion] Manifesto

[Screen returns to Jodi]

We are not selling tickets to a show any more, we are inviting the creation of new communities.

[Screen returns to Ed at the Royal Albert Hall]

We believe that cultural organisations have a duty to reflect all of Society and we feel that the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto provides the perfect opportunity to work with a number of partners to ensure that we set about this to best effect.

[Screen returns to Jodi]

We've had to make new movements to fight for everyday rights and for the future of young disabled people.

[Screen shows text reading: Please support the Cultural Inclusion Manifesto by: becoming a signatory at; or by following us on Twitter @culturalinc_cic]

[Screen shows text reading: Co-Founders: Paul Morrow and Rachael Christophides.]

[Screen shows text reading: Filmed and edited by: Harry Farnhill Bain and Cole Pemberton]

[Film ends]

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