As well as our regular duties at Sunrise, we also worked for the first time with
“Action On Hearing Loss” – formerly known as the Royal National Institute for the Deaf.
Marion has compiled the WOW awards. WOW stands for Wild/Wacky/Wonderful/Whatever-you-like Old(er) Woman. It’s an off-beat perspective on the festival experience, from a solo traveller with mobility problems (‘I’ve got Parkinson’s disease but it hasn’t got me’), who eats vegetarian food, and who enjoys the ‘incidentals’ of festivals, such as cafes, conversations and small-scale performances more than the main stage events. She decided to mark the high-spots of her festival summer and share her recommendations.
GAMA has had a really busy year. We have actively been involved in about 8 festivals, and have been on the sidelines and consulted for about another 3. Here’s a quick resume of some of the festivals we have been to & ran areas at.
Brighton Pride this year made serious efforts to improve access for disabled people to both the parade and the event in Preston Park which was attended by an estimated 160,000 people.
I want to tell everyone about a wonderful organisation called Green Access & Mobility Areas (GAMA). This inspiring volunteer group is devoted to helping people with disabilities go to outdoor festivals. Not only do they advise festival organisers on access issues and how to make spaces and activities more welcoming to people with disabilities and chronic conditions, but they set up camp too in order to provide on-the-spot support, assistance and general back-up for disabled people and their friends/family/carers.
OOTO is 3 day eco & family friendly festival set in the gorgeous Sussex countryside celebrating the Autumn Equinox. Solar powered stages and wind generators power fascinating talks and workshops plus children’s activities and a green market place plus many more out of the ordinary surprises! GAMA organised the Disabled camping area again this year – read the report here.
Sunrise Celebration 2009 was a smaller event on a new site on an organic farm. As we would be close to the main arena we hoped our visitors would feel fully part of the event and spend most of their time out of the GAMA field When some of us arrived on Bank Holiday Monday… Read more »
Monday before the festival Well it didn’t start well, with the site closed due to rain, mud and flood, when we were meant to be setting up. We stayed with family close by and decided to attempt to get onto site on the Tuesday. Tuesday morning.. ..looked slightly more promising and the sun was out!… Read more »
This is a transcript of an article written by Miki Hall for the magazine “Festival Eye”, published in Spring 2007: The aims of the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995 are simple. The goal is “a society where all disabled people can participate fully as equal citizens”. In practical terms, the Act seeks to ensure that… Read more »
Sussex, September 2008 This is a small festival held in mid-September which describes itself as follows: “When you step into the Out of the Ordinary Festival you are stepping into another dimension – a place of ancient knowledge, healing, inspiration and love….a combination of healing events and ceremonies, amazing workshops & talks, live music, healthy… Read more »