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Access & Inclusion

CONTENTS:
1. Festival Brochure
2. Vision
3. Sensory Friendly
4. Hearing
5. Mobility
6. Access in The Domain
7. Access in the Meriton Festival Village
8. Booking
9. Companion Card
10. Feedback

We welcome all visitors to Sydney Festival events and make every effort to ensure the program is accessible to our whole audience.

Download the Accessible Performance Guide and Accessible Performance Calendar.

1. FESTIVAL BROCHURE

The 2016 Sydney Festival program is available in the following alternative formats:
- MP3, click here to download
- PDF, click here to download
- Interactive PDF, view here
- Word document in large print format, click here to download
- Braille (please contact Sydney Festival on 02 8248 6500 or email access@sydneyfestival.org.au)
- Audio CD (please contact Sydney Festival on 02 8248 6500 or email access@sydneyfestival.org.au)


2. VISION

AUDIO DESCRIPTION

Audio description is a service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Trained audio describers give live, objective, verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery, and other visual elements of a performance. This is done during gaps in the dialogue via a small earpiece, provided to patrons pre-show. The audio description begins 10 minutes before the start of the performance, and provides program details together with descriptions of costumes and stage settings. Patrons who wish to listen to the description must book the service in advance and pick up a free FM headset on arrival.

Opera/Family
The Rabbits
John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s haunting picture book is adapted in this Helpmann Award-winning opera for children and families.
Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay
Thursday 21 January, 7pm
From $24
Suitable for 8+

  TACTILE TOURS

Tactile tours allow patrons who are blind or have low vision to have a hands-on experience. Depending on the production/installation, patrons are given access to costumes, props and stage set in order to capture the atmosphere of the work. Tactile tours occur before the performance. Patrons must book in advance and are welcome to come accompanied by a sighted guide if required.

Opera/Family
The Rabbits
John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s haunting picture book is adapted in this Helpmann Award-winning opera for children and families.
Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay (Meeting Point: Box Office)
Thursday 21 January, 5pm

From $24
Suitable for 8+

Installation/Free
Pleasure Garden
Music and environmental sounds weave together in this listening garden and active instrument featuring newly composed music by Genevieve Lacey and Jan Bang. A trained audio describer will join the artist to present this session.
Vaucluse House
Saturday 9 January, 9.30am

Meeting Point: Pleasure Garden bridge on western side, adjacent tocar park.


PRE-SHOW DESCRIPTIONS

Pre-show descriptions are verbal descriptions conducted by an audio describer, prior to the show. The pre-show description begins 30 minutes before the start of the performance and provides program details together with descriptions of the stage setting. Patrons who wish to listen to the description must book in advance.

Opera
Passion
Soloists Elise Caluwaerts and Wiard Witholt trace the doomed voyage of mythical lovers Orpheus and Eurydice in Sydney Chamber Opera’s production of Pascal Dusapin’s Passion.
City Recital Hall
Meeting Point: Inside the Pitt Street entrance, adjacent to the Box Office
Friday 15 January, 7.15pm arrival for 7.30pm start

From $50

In addition, these performances are principally dialogue and/or music based, which are simple visually. These performances are mainly still bodies in space with minimal action, and little or no projections.
- 40 Ways to Love Your City
- Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs!
- All The Sex I've Ever Had
- The Invisible Dot Cabaret
- This is How We Die
- Tomorrow's Parties


PRE-SHOW NOTES

Pre-show notes are available upon request for any production. Please email access@sydneyfestival.org.au


GUIDE DOGS

Guide Dogs are welcome at all Festival events and venues.

If you are blind or have low vision and want to attend an event at Sydney Festival, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT can provide you with free training on how to travel safely from any location to your event at the Festival. Call 1800 804 805 to discuss your travel needs.


3. SENSORY FRIENDLY

  RELAXED PERFORMANCES

Relaxed performances are designed to create a safe and welcoming environment for children on the autism spectrum and people with intellectual disabilities, along with their friends, carers and families. Performances are provided in a supportive and non-judgemental environment with slight modifications to sound and lighting, a downloadable pre-visit social story and support aids with an open door policy and quiet area available.

Family/Theatre
Sunny Ray and the Magnificent Moon
Meet Sunny Ray – happy, light, a true wonder of the world; and her best friend, the Magnificent Moon – the all-night party guy. What happens when the sun breaks all the rules and stays up with the moon?
Click here to download the Sunny Ray: Relaxed Performance Social Story.
The Famous Spiegeltent, Festival Village
Thursday 14 January, 10am

$25
Suitable for 7+

Family/Circus
Tolu
Three friends left to their own devices discover each other’s likes, dislikes and soft spots as they twist, flip, spiral, balance, jump and climb in a vivaciously fun story told through circus, dance and play.
Click here to download the Tolu: Relaxed Performance Social Story.
The Famous Spiegeltent, Festival Village
Saturday 16 January, 1pm
From $27


4. HEARING

 ASSISTIVE LISTENING

Many venues have an induction hearing loop system or FM radio system available. Visit sydneyfestival.org.au/venues for venue information.

  AUSLAN INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE

Auslan interpreted performances are for audiences who are Deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan) as their primary means of communication. Experienced Auslan theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the actors are saying or singing into Auslan signing the text and dialogue live. Audiences requiring this service are seated in the section closest to the interpreter to ensure good sightlines.

Circus/Theatre/Family
La Verità*
A mix of astonishing acts and fantastic visuals comes to Parramatta in La Verità in this thrilling combination of circus, clowning, acrobatics, dance and music – with an extra serving of humour and heart.
Riverside Theatre
Saturday 16 January, 2pm

From $35
Suitable for 7+

Cabaret/Musical
Songs for the Fallen*
Step into an opulent 19th century Parisian boudoir for a party with Paris’ original party girl, in a rollicking and romantic cabaret musical, featuring cabaret star Sheridan Harbridge.
The Famous Spiegeltent
Saturday 23 January, 10.30pm

From $50

  LIVE THEATRE CAPTIONING

Theatre captioning is an accurate live text display of a theatre performance in its entirety, including actors’ dialogue, ad libs, asides, song lyrics, musical descriptions and other sound effects, displayed on large screens at the side of the stage.

Dance/Theatre
Cut The Sky*
A meditation on humanity’s frailty in the face of our own actions, Marrugeku’s Cut The Sky begins in the new future and invites the audience to collectively dream up tomorrow.
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Saturday 16 January, 7.30pm

From $44

Opera/Family
The Rabbits*
John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s haunting picture book is adapted in this Helpmann Award-winning opera for children and families.
Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay
Saturday 23 January, 2pm

From $24
Suitable for 8+

Theatre
All The Sex I’ve Ever Had*
A group of Sydney’s over-65s draw on all their experience to share true stories of their romantic and sex lives in a taboo-busting tell-all where the spotlight is at last shone on those often rendered invisible.
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Sunday 24 January, 7.30pm

From $44

* Bookings for Auslan interpreted and live theatre captioned performances can be made online - please see the BOOKING section below for further info.

SURTITLED PERFORMANCES


Foreign language performances are surtitled, with the translation of dialogue displayed on a screen above the stage.

Music Theatre
Woyzeck
American musician Tom Waits, working with Kathleen Brennan and acclaimed theatre director Robert Wilson, has reinvented Georg Buchner’s lurid work of madness, obsession and murder, Woyzeck, as a 21st century bi-lingual musical, performed by the illustrious Thalia Theater Hamburg, under the direction of Jette Steckel.
Carriageworks Bay 17
Tuesday 12 January, 8pm

From $44
Please note, prior performances are not fully surtitled

Opera
Passion
Soloists Elise Caluwaerts and Wiard Witholt trace the doomed voyage of mythical lovers Orpheus and Eurydice in Sydney Chamber Opera’s production of Pascal Dusapin’s Passion.
City Recital Hall
Thursday 14 & Friday 15 January, 8pm

From $50

Theatre
+51 Aviacíon, San Borja
Yudai Kamisato is one of the most exciting young voices in contemporary Japanese theatre, with his quirky and poetic portrayals of life in Japan. This production freely mixes the mundane with the extraordinary in a work that is thoughtful, charming and theatrically inventive.
Carriageworks Bay 17
21–24 January
$35

Classical Music
O Mensch!
Restoring the voice to one of the mightiest minds in history, O Mensch! transforms 21 remarkable poems by Friedrich Nietzsche into a series of inspired musical declarations by French composer Pascal Dusapin, in this virtuoso piece for baritone and piano.
Carriageworks Track 8
22 January, 8pm; 23 & 24 January, 8.30pm

$35


In addition, these performances are physical spectacles. Whilst they have a soundtrack, the primary focus is the physical performance.
- Cypher
- Djuki Mala
- Knee Deep
- Tolu

Plus:
- 40 Portraits (exhibition)
- The Column (exhibition with soundtrack)
- Skateboarders Vs Minimalism (exhibition with soundtrack)


5. MOBILITY

Sydney Festival ensures that its venues are as physically accessible as possible.

  WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

The majority of venues in the 2016 program are wheelchair accessible. Designated wheelchair spaces (where available) are sold at the lowest price in the house for that performance.

For access information on specific venues visit sydneyfestival.org.au/venues

Storytelling
Fire Bucket
Uncle Wes Marne is a Bidgambul man. At the age of nine, the Government walked his family off tribal lands from the Stanthorpe Hills to Deadbird Mission, Ashford. The journey took three weeks. At 93, Uncle Wes is sharing his stories of life, love and his grandfather's dreaming - gather with him around the fire bucket to move backwards and forwards across time.

Every session will be held at a different location. Please contact Sydney Festival reception on 02 8248 6500 or email access@sydneyfestival.org.aufor date-specific accessible information.
Various locations
8-10, 15-17, 22-24 January


Free/Family
Arquitectura de Feria
Adults and children play together, twirling handles and spinning pedals to operate whimsical fairground machines - including a hand-cranked Ferris wheel fitted out with toilet seats and a bicycle-powered carousel with a spinning crocodile and a rocket ship, in this fairground like no other.

Prince Alfred Square is an accessible venue and all rides are inclusive, independent transfer via wheelchair user is required.Tingayla(Ferris wheel) is based on a modern day Ferris wheel, this is a children's ride (max. weight 45kg). Please note, for extra safety, some accessibility guests may be required to strap in their hands and feet, please ask the ride vendor if required.
Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta
7-24 January


Free/Family
Flying Fox at The Ephemeral City
Looking for an art-filled adrenalin rush? Head to The Cutaway for a zip-lining ride past Shaun Gladwell's Skateboarders V Minimalismand through Olivier Grosstete's epic The Ephemeral City.

The Cutaway is a completely accessible and inclusive built space; it is flat, has an elevator and accessible amenities. The minimum weight requirement for the Flying Fox is 30kg. Wheelchair users will be required to transfer independently to participate on this ride and will be required to transfer in and out of harness. Additionally, wheelchair users will be separated from their wheelchair while on the flying fox, but will be reunited with their wheelchair at the end of the ride. For extra safety, some accessibility guests might be required to strap in their hands and/or feet, please discuss this with venue staff if required.
The Cutaway Barangaroo Reserve
8-24 January, 2pm-8pm


Free/Family
The Ephemeral City at The Cutaway Barangaroo Reserve
Sydney's new creative playground, the Cutaway, will be home to one of the largest community participation events presented in Sydney Festival's 40-year history, with Olivier Grossetete's fantastically epic The Ephemeral City. People of all ages are invited to use boxes and tape to construct a temporary city before witnessing its exciting demolition on Australia Day.

The Cutaway is a completely accessible and inclusive built space; it is flat, has an elevator and accessible amenities. Please check back for accessibility information related to participation in the activity.
The Cutaway Barangaroo Reserve
8-26 January, 1pm-9pm

Free/Family
The People's Tower at Darling Harbour
Everyone can be involved in a day of construction with Olivier Grossetete when two gigantic buildings are created by the water, made entirely of cardboard and tape - and a dash of collective comraderie. On the final day, everyone is invited back to revel in the destruction as the buildings come toppling down.

Access to Darling Harbour is mostly level from surrounding streets. Lifts at both ends of Pyrmont Bridge link the Sydney CBD with Ultimo. Please check back for accessibility information related to participation in the activity.
Darling Harbour
7-10 January


6. ACCESS IN THE DOMAIN

At Summer Sounds in The Domain, Symphony in The Domain and Opera in The Domain, an accessible viewing area for patrons with accessibility needs is located on the eastern side of The Domain between towers 6 and 7. Friends and family are welcome in the designated viewing area as well.

The Domain precinct is relatively flat but does have inclining and declining sealed pathways throughout. We provide accessible amenities, a drop-off and pick-up area and limited parking close to this viewing area.

Registration is essential to access the viewing and parking area. Bookings can be made from Monday 2 November 2015 on 02 8006 5700.


7. ACCESS IN THE MERITON FESTIVAL VILLAGE

The Meriton Festival Village, The Famous Spiegeltent and Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent are all wheelchair accessible.

Both spiegeltents offer priority entry for people with specific needs and access needs.

Click here to download an access map for the Meriton Festival Village.


8. BOOKING

Download the Accessible Performance Guide and Accessible Performance Calendar.

Bookings are essential for accessible services.

Bookings for Auslan interpreted and live theatre captioned performances can be made online by entering the code ACCESS2016 during purchase.

To discuss your access requirements and to book all other access services or performances, please call Sydney Festival’s reception on 02 8248 6500 or email access@sydneyfestival.org.au

Sydney Festival is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service.
TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 8248 6500.
Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 8248 6500.
Internet relay users, visit relayservice.gov.au, then ask for 02 8248 6500.

Please assist us by making bookings for accessible performances by Friday 18 December 2015.


9. COMPANION CARD

Sydney Festival supports the Companion Card program. For patrons who require assistance of a companion or carer, a second ticket is issued at no cost to the Companion Card holder. Please contact Sydney Festival directly on 02 8248 6500 to assist with your booking.


10. FEEDBACK

We would love your feedback in order to continue improving our access program and services. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 02 8248 6500 or access@sydneyfestival.org.au if you have any queries or suggestions regarding accessibility at Sydney Festival.

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