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OPEN CALL – PURPLE TUESDAY - Performance Opportunity for West Midlands based Disability dance groups

By Amy Dalton Hardy Wednesday 10 October 2018

Dance Hub Birmingham, on behalf of Bullring & Grand Central is searching for West Midlands based disabled dance groups to perform inside the shopping centre outside Debenhams on Purple Tuesday – 13th November 2018 at 12.30pm.

Who can apply?

Any dance group working in any dance genre or discipline based in the West Midlands. We will consider groups applying within any age range, consist of dancers with both learning and physical needs, those with sensory and invisible impairments, mental health, neurodivergent and fatigue conditions, as well as able bodied, wheelchair users, deaf/blind and/or integrated groups.

Background

Purple Tuesday is the UK’s first day dedicated to accessible shopping which will take place during the run up to Christmas 2018. On Tuesday 13 November, ‘Purple Tuesday’ will see retailers across the country introduce new measures to make the shopping experience more inclusive for disabled customers.

These issues are felt more acutely in the peak Christmas shopping period. A poll of 200 disabled people by Purple back in December found that more than one in two disabled people were concerned about overcrowding. Bullring & Grand Central is proud to support this government initiative co-ordinated by the disability organisation – Purple and would like to celebrate the occasion with your help.

How do you apply?

Send a covering email to Amy Dalton-Hardy at Dance Hub Birmingham using email address amydaltonhardy@culturecentral.co.uk. Your email must contain the following: -

  • A short background statement/context to your group/description (one paragraph)
  • Group leader/choreographer/director name (and/or supporting organisation)
  • Any complex needs or considerations we should be aware of
  • Name of piece
  • Name of music composer/artist/title
  • Number of dancers (total)
  • Link to footage of the group in rehearsal or performance (YouTube, Vimeo etc)

The deadline for submitting your groups application is Monday 22nd October. After this date Bullring will select a group(s) to perform and inform you by email including further details of the event (and information regarding fees). 

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