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Talk Unlimited: The Symposium

Unlimited: The Symposium

Key facts

Genre: Conference with speech-to-text


Tickets are now sold out for the Symposium. Find out more about the live-stream (which will be subtitled) and how you can get involved online. 

What is Unlimited: The Symposium?
The Symposium is a disabled-led, two-day discussion event aimed at both a national and international audience across the cultural sector. You can attend the event in person or engage in the discussion and debate online. The Symposium takes places in the lead up to Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival – Wednesday 5 until Sunday 9 September 2018.

Why are we doing it?
Unlimited has three aims – to commission high quality art by extraordinary disabled artists, to embed disabled artists in the cultural sector and ultimately to transform the perception of disability.

We can’t do this alone. Artists, organisations, producers, programmers, curators, critics, funders and others across all art forms need to be a part of the conversation around disability arts and to discuss the issues, solutions and possibilities with disabled people themselves.

What will we discuss at the Symposium?
The topics we will discuss have been chosen by our audiences. Each topic in the Symposium’s four main sessions – Art, Equality, Attitude and Future – was voted for on Twitter:

  • Art: How can disabled artists change the ‘mainstream’ arts sector?
  • Equality: Disability, intersectional identities and the arts
  • Attitude: Why is it taking so long? Can we speed up change? Will we ever get there?
  • Future: Does new technology enable or create more barriers?

Each session will begin with provocations from a diverse range of speakers (who will be announced over the coming months), followed by discussion and debate in chaired breakout spaces and animated by artists-in-residence and other creative responses around the building.

Who is it for?
The symposium is aimed at those in the cultural sector who want to engage with different perspectives and to plan for real change. Global audiences can view the provocations online and join the discussion on social media.

Event details

Tue 4 Sep 2018, 10:00am

Live subtitling & live streaming

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Venue details

Unicorn Theatre
147 Tooley Street
The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council