Scottish Dance Theatre – Symposium

Symposium – Pathways to the Profession

Scottish Dance Theatre and partners ran a two day Symposium in Dundee on 19th & 20th January 2012. The Symposium was aimed at disabled artists (from aspiring to professional), those working with young disabled people, performing arts training providers/organisations, and arts industry employers.

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“At last, people are listening! The event showed that organisations are opening their doors and ears to the outside world onto the stage – watch this space!”

The Symposium aimed to bring about a cultural shift in thinking about disabled people in the performing arts and to move from a place of awareness to a place of action and increase the number of disabled people involved in the arts.

The Symposium aimed to:

•   Explore, map and document pathways into the profession from discovering talent to employment;

•   Bring together those involved in arts education to share and learn from models of good practice;

•   Dispel myths and increase knowledge surrounding disability and the arts.

Over 200 delegates and speakers from across the world came to Dundee for the event which included keynote speeches from industry experts, panel presentations, networking opportunities and an evening performance from some of the best disabled artists from the UK.