Creative accessibility

Creative Accessibility means making services or products accessible to a target group with specific needs and at the same time offers added value for the regular target group of cultural institutions.

In our work limitations and the level of exclusion are seen and used as a positive source for accessibility. Through our projects, we maintain a collection of various resources to meet the desires of different target groups in a creative way.

Possibilize is an international platform, with a group of experienced experts - advocates, innovators, concept developers, cultural institutions, artists, policy staff and financiers, to improve inclusion.

Our special event is Sencity - an annual festival in Utrecht. We showcase the festival behind the Creative Accessibility and consistently gather data as well as lots of positive feedback from the mixed groups of our general public. At Sencity we focus in particular on accessibility inspired by a deaf and hearing-impaired target group but the wide experience of Possibilize's experts gives us the opportunity to use creative accessibility for other limitations as well.

On our platform we collaborate with musicians, venues and producers to make their work more immersive than ever before. Furthermore, we have created a network of partners that are passionate about searching, learning and finding ways to make live music performances both more involving and more inclusive to a broader audience.

With every next project, we unlock new opportunities for products, companies or events by making them more open for everybody. Are you curious how that solution might look like for your own event or organization? You can contact us to find a special creative accessible solution for yourself.

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Our experience:

De Grote Sencity Quarantaine Show

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Multi-sensory events Creative Accessibility

We are living in provocative times and the importance of cultural events has increased. Live performances have become the main source of income for musicians so there is a constant desire for innovation. At the same time, people with certain disabilities are still often socially excluded from such happenings. By adding sensory effects to live music performances we aim to solve both aspects.

From 2019 we have started the project Creative Accessibility Network / CAN / * to train and educate musicians and aspiring sense composers to get a deep insight in immersion, accessibility and sensory effects. Think of: • scent • taste • sight • touch. We aim to bring live music performances to the next level, transforming them into multi-sensory events. Intentionally and thoughtfully added senses help musicians to take their audience on a journey through the emotions present within the music. This builds an experience that offers the audience a deeper understanding of the music.

Four popular music bands are currently trained to use Creative accessibility as a tool for making their music gigs more open to the various public. With the support of six sensorial experts from the United Kingdom, the musicians are working for two years on their own sensorial composition based on their own setlist. After two test events, they will showcase their gig at Sencity 2021 . The knowledge gained will be shared at various music festivals and conferences on the topic of intellectual disability and on an open source online platform.

* Used only as a working title.

Our partners:

  • Skyway Programs (UK)

From our very beginning in 2010, we cooperated with Possibilize on multisensory music events for deaf people. Inside the UK we have joined forces with Bittersuite, a collective of sense experts (like a perfumer, a culinary artist or video artists). This led to a new London festival: Open Senses. The world's first festival devoted to sensory practice, the sensory arts and research. It was launched in May 2017 as a three day festival across 25 London venues, featuring 50 events and the work of 200 practitioners. Happening in venues like V&A museum, National Gallery and Truman Brewery, the festival included a symposium, workshops, multi-sensory club nights and installations.

We are a dynamic entertainment company providing full-service production of events, promotion and artist management. Since 2012 we are working with Possibilize, advising them on the musical line up of their events. Our unique insight and years of expertise across the creative business disciplines reaches from tour and concept delivery, to strategic management and promotion, to producing iconic events. Combining passion and experience with creativity, we engage worldwide audiences. One of our specialties is finding practical solutions for complicated technical issues in music performances.

We believe in an inclusive world, where everyone can live life to their full potential. Our expertise is on development programs, education and workshops that work towards this world. And apparently we're doing a decent job, because we have won some awards for our projects. Our main target group is people with an intellectual disability, but we also educate the so called regular society on how to give these people a fair chance. A unique project we participated in is Platform-K, a dance company making professional dance productions with people both with and without disabilities.

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More examples from around the world:

Creative accessibility has common ground with Inclusive Design.

Here are some of the inspiring examples from practice.

Apple iBeacon technology applied to classical art in Antwerp Museum

A technique that we research to apply at Utrecht Library, Filmcafé Utrecht and the Literature House.

From TV to radio

In the Netherlands, there has been a lot of media attention for 'The Passion' that was broadcast live on Radio 2. Inspired by Audio Descriptions for blind and visually impaired people, visuals who did not have access to the picture tube could now also follow the spectacle, through the radio.

Anne in 8 languages

Theater Amsterdam has developed a translation system for foreign visitors for the theater show ANNE, a play about the life of Anne Frank. However, the texts have also been made available in Dutch, which means that the deaf and hearing-impaired can also follow the performance well. The texts of the performance could be followed in Dutch (and seven other languages) via a tablet, which was confirmed in a support to the theater chair.

A technique that we research to apply at Spring Festival.
As we are in a process to apply similar techniques in a creatively accessible manner with Pathé The Hague, Filmhuis Den Haag, and Omniversum.

Art to feel

You may know the very costly accident in the New Church ... A visitor wanted to touch the artwork Gazing Ball by Jeff Koons, a painting containing a kind of big blue Christmas ball, worth millions of dollars. Then the ball splintered.

Touching a work of art, who does not want to be able to do that now?
Inspired by blind and visually impaired art lovers, they invented something in Prague:

VISIT Art to feel
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