For the third year running, Gama provided the Access Support for Secret Garden Party 2013. Thankfully the weather was kind and there was no repeat of the 2012 mud-fest!
To help us improve our services and define our future development and work, it is always useful to have as much information as possible about the festivals that are happening in the UK. To help us do this, we have devised a little questionnaire that we would like you to fill in.
Boomtown was as ever; mad, fun, creative, explosive, exhausting, funny, and brilliant – and we had our largest Gama area at the festival yet. Read about it here.
Gosh – after a really busy, warm and sunny summer, Sunrise seems like a very long time ago. Here’s what Gama got up to this year at the festival.
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.