Please note that the itinerary may change. Remember to check the website regularly for latest details.

Is That All There Is?
Day One invites you to step inside the creative practice of young people with learning disabilities and experience the creative case for diversity that they propose. Their inspirations and provocations will set the agenda for Day Two when cultural organisations and practitioners will share their journeys to date and enable you to shape your own - together with known and new colleagues.

Wednesday 9 March: Day One - Let's Keep Dancing

12 noon: Having a Ball - A warm, wild and wacky welcome from 100 young people creating a cultural landscape right across  the arts within Birmingham Hippodrome’s grand foyer.  An opportunity to meet and interact with a wide range of young people across the spectrum of learning disability and find out what the arts mean to them. Network with colleagues as well if you have time: lunch is included! Find out more about Having a Ball performers.

2pm: In the Patrick Centre our conference chairs, Jo Trowsdale, from the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick and Paige Holloway, Founder member of BecauseWeCanCanCan introduce the second part of the day

2.10pm: The Case for a Shift in Practice - Richard Hayhow from Open Theatre Company gives an overview of learning disability and the processes of working with ypwld in the arts

2.20pm: What's Possible - Chris Pavia and Hannah Sampson from StopGap Dance Company and Cian Binchy (The Misfit Analysis ) discuss their career development and artistic life in conversation.

2.50pm: Table Discussion Groups - young people discuss their career aspirations with delegates

3.40pm: Break

4pm: Breakout Groups - A chance to engage in a practice-based session that explores Shift in Practice

5pm: Keynote Addresses - Pushing the Creative Envelope

Ramy El-Bergamy, On-Screen Diversity Executive at Channel 4, discusses the wider case for diversity and the benefits an inclusive approach has brought to television. If TV can make this connection, just think of the possibilities for the arts.

Abid Hussain, Director of Diversity at Arts Council England, introduces the Creative Case for Diversity in relation to ypwld

Mike Layward, Artistic Director, DASH, chairs the Q & A session that follows

6pm: Dinner break

8pm CanCanCan Festival - A private performance for Is That All There Is? delegates

Thursday 10 March: Day Two - Let's Get Sorted

9am: Coffee

9.30am: Welcome back from Jo and Paige

9.40am: Shift in Structures - an overview of the changes we need to make to ensure the greatest impact.
Presentation by Arts Connect, West Midlands and The Mighty Creatives

10am: Journeys So Far 1- Arts organisations present case studies of their work with people with learning disabilities, including Birmingham Hippodrome, The REP, mac birmingham, CBSO, The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham Playhouse and Access All Areas with Central School of Speech and Drama. Choose a breakout group that interests you. 

10.45am: Break

11.15am: Journeys So Far 2: Repeat of the breakout groups - choose another!

12.00pm: Key Questions - What are the important questions to ask? What do we need to answer?

12.45pm: Lunch

1.45pm: Presentation: Berlin-based RambaZamba Theatre Company

2pm: Discussion Groups - Setting goals for future working and finding partners to help us on our way.

3.30pm: Postcards and Pledges: What vision will inform our work in the future? What steps will we commit to making when we leave?

4.15pm: Summing Up

4.30pm: Close


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