New Festival Encourages Inclusivity and Accessibility in Australian music

Ability Fest organiser Dylan Alcott . Image Credit: Tonedeaf
Scarlett Di Maio
| March 27, 2018

Melbourne’s Coburg is gearing up to welcome a brand new music festival next month, presented by the Dylan Alcott Foundation, Untitled Group and triple j.

Ability Fest is a new festival celebrating inclusivity in Australian music organised by radio presenter, paralympian and multi-grand slam winning tennis player, Dylan Alcott.

Alcott aims to raise $300,000 through festival ticket sales and donations for the Dylan Alcott Foundation (DAF), a new charity organisation established by Alcott to provide support for young Australians with disabilities.

DAF will officially launch the same day as Ability Fest and all festival funds raised will go towards mentoring, scholarships and grants for marginalised young Australians with disabilities.

“Money raised from Ability Fest will offer scholarships, mentoring and grants to applicants to help these individuals achieve their sporting, vocational or personal goals.” said organisers on the official event page.

“This includes, but is not limited to, providing wheelchairs to participate in sport, university scholarships and purchasing equipment to assist in day to day life.”

The festival will be accessible for people of all abilities, which multiple viewing platforms for wheelchair attendees, as well as numerous AUSLAN translators who will stand on stage during performances.

High profile music acts such as Benson, BOO SEEKA, Ivan Ooze, Jack River, KINGSWOOD, Motez, Flight Facilities and Client Liaison and Tkay Maidza are set to take the stage, playing for free in order to support the cause.

Ability Fest kicks off next Saturday April 7 at Coburg Velodrome, Melbourne. For more information head here. 

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