We’re committed to making this years festival accessible, and wanted to take some time to talk about what this means for audiences at Random String.
We are trying to be expansive in the way we consider access, looking at the variety of ways that people and communities need different kinds of access to enjoy our work, sometimes in ways we (as a mostly abled and neurotypical organisation) wouldn’t usually consider at first. As we’ve developed our access plans for Random String, we have worked with City of Culture Trust’s Disability Inclusion Manager to create considerate and comprehensive plans and provisions, as well as allowing our own to be shaped by those with lived experience of disability, chronic illness, and neurodivergence from both within the LR team and local freelancers. We have been integrating access into our festival by thinking of accessibility as a change of attitude and approach, and as being receptive to different audiences needs, as opposed to being a ‘tack-on’ to existing practices. We hope this helps to creates a rich and diverse experience for all audiences at Random String.
This year we also have a dedicated access page on our website: randomstring.co/access where audiences can find clear, simple information about how we’re making the event accessible. It includes easy-read info, maps that identify different access needs people may have along the trail, and a new email inbox for any enquiries: email@example.com This inbox, and our general access planning, is facilitated by our Creative Producer, Georgia, who has lived experience of disability. We encourage audiences to get in touch if they have any questions or would like us to elaborate on the information on our access page, or just to have a chat about what we’re putting in place for access at the festival.
We hope this makes audiences feel more welcome at our event, and becomes an important step for us in becoming more accessible across the board.