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On Monday 7th December 2015 Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England delivered a speech that followed up on the one he made a year ago outlining the Arts Council’s commitment to the Creative Case for Diversity at a special event held in Birmingham.

A photograph of Arts Council England Chair, Sir Peter Bazalgette

Sir Peter Bazalgette © Phillipa Gedge

On Monday 7th December 2015 Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England delivered a speech that followed up on the one he made a year ago outlining the Arts Council’s commitment to the Creative Case for Diversity at a special event held in Birmingham. 

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On Monday 7th December 2015 Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England delivered a speech that followed up on the one he made a year ago outlining the Arts Council’s commitment to the Creative Case for Diversity at a special event held in Birmingham. 

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8 December 2015

Penny Ledger

I have met many creative people with disabilities who have had to give up "mainstream" employment but use their talents performing, exhibiting, running workshops, sound engineering, mentoring and organising at community events and festivals. It is important that events managers realise that accessibility must be for everyone, including backstage, and setting up. Often medical, welfare and access arrangement only open when visitors arrive and finish on the day they leave. This is partly the fault of the licensing system which tens to ignore the needs of crew on site even though they are at the greatest risk.

I have run accessible camping at many "green" festivals and worked at Glastonbury.

These festival jobs are very important to the people I know. Often it is the only way they can have a family holiday, meet like-minded people and be part of a team.

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