Fast Forward Festival: Music and Inclusion at the forefront of national Disability Arts festival at MAC

A national Disability Arts event focused on inclusion within music education and the music industry, the Fast Forward Festival, will take place at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) on Thursday 24 October 2019.

Bringing together leading arts organisations, musical education hubs, and those working within the music industry, the Festival celebrates music inclusivity and challenges expectations around disabilities and music.

As a supporting venue, MAC invites guests from cultural and music industries to join together in championing for equality within music education and advocating for innovation within music-making approaches.

With highlights including keynote speaker Jess Thom (Tourette’s Hero) and live performances from BSO Resound (the first disabled-led ensemble to ever perform at the BBC Proms) plus Sarah Fisher’s acclaimed show ‘Twitch’, Fast Forward will showcase the best examples of inclusive arts from across the UK.

The one-day Festival will shine a light upon organisations working to remove existing barriers within the industry for musicians with disabilities, investigating industry case studies from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Drake Music, and The National Open Youth Orchestra.

Both Midlands Arts Centre and Bristol Music Trust are founder partners of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England, a movement for change throughout music education, led and supported by the charity Youth Music through National Lottery funding. The Alliance is a growing network of organisations working together to:

  • Promote equity in music education
  • Support others to do the same through advocacy, CPD, resources, and strategic alliances
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