Perform Europe tour “Making Waves” continues

IIAN is delighted to announce the second leg of our Perform Europe sustainable tour “Making Waves” where we will be producing the show “World Without Eyes” by Dansema Dance Theatre from Lithuania which celebrates the power of dance, movement, texture and visual delight with blind and partially-sighted children and 6-18 months babies, and the film, “A Little Space”, for neuro-diverse teenagers, made by Mind the Gap and Gecko Theatre companies from the UK. There will be a master class and seminars for professionals to accompany “World Without Eyes” and a live workshop around “A Little Space.” 

This is inclusive performing arts for young audiences, at its best.

Touring from the 10th of June, these brilliant performances will be hosted by:

AREAL spațiu pentru dezvoltare coregrafică (Bucharest, Romania) June 12th at 11.00 and 16.00

Κέντρο Θεάτρου για Παιδιά και Νεαρά Άτομα – Assitej Cyprus (Nicosia, Cyprus) June 18th at 11.00 and 17.00, June 19th at 11.00

Segni D’infanzia (Giglio, Italy) June 23rd at 18.00, June 24th at 17.30 and 19.00

We do hope you visit and enjoy “Making Waves” and if so, we’d love to hear from you.

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New IIAN Board for 2022-2025 is Announced

IIAN is delighted to announce the appointment of it’s new Board and Co- Chairs, Nishna Mehta (India) and Andrew Stanford (Northern Ireland).

Our previous chair, Jon Dafydd-Kidd (Wales), has stepped down after a brilliant three year tenure, and we offer him our grateful and sincere thanks for all he has contributed.

We now look forward with excitement to the next step of the journey, with Andrew and Nishna to lead us.

UK Call Out to join Disability Champions Group

UK Call out for Expressions of Interest From International Inclusive Arts Network

It is part of the of ASSITEJ professional networks and offers a platform to support, inspire and connect with individuals, theatre companies, producers and practitioners who focus in work for inclusive audiences globally.

The IIAN network has a unique role in supporting the UK and Global platform of inclusive children’s theatre through sharing, inspiring and networking.

To enable this, we have started Country Disability Champion groups around the world, and have asked each ASSITEJ country to appoint a Lead Disability Champion in order to make this happen. Their task is to gather and share news and ideas towards building a global picture.

If you are interested in joining your UK country’s group please contact:

Northern Ireland Lead Disability Champion
Andrew Stanford

Wales Lead Disability Champion
Jon Dafydd-Kidd

England Lead Disability Champion,
Debbie Bandara

Scotland Lead Disability Champion, yet to be appointed

Please send them the following information
·       Company/Artist Name
·       Website
·       Name and email of Contact Person
·       Short description of what you do

Call for Script Pitches from Neurodivergent* Writers

Call for Script Pitches from Neurodivergent* Writers;

Free Script Development Residency.

DYSPLA have received Arts Council England funding to support three Neurodivergent Storymakers with the development of their next new script idea.

Submissions are now open for the DYSPLA Stroymakers Residency 2019. If you identify as Neurodivergent, please take a look at our website and pitch an idea for development.

We have three residences available on our 12-month program (part-time) and will offer full development support during the whole process. The program starts in Jan 2019 and ends next November with an Industry presentation and meetings with producers.

We welcome submission from writers, storymakers, artists, and filmmakers based in the UK and DYSPLA have financial support to assist with their travel costs for those outside of London.

For more information and to submit your idea, please click on the link below:

Deadline 16th December 2018

Neurodivergent* Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome etc.