Participants of The Republic of Inclusion

Marnie Richardson

June 27 - 29, 2017


The Shenkman Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

The Republic of Inclusion is for everyone. Dive into the immersive, accessible and inclusive world of Deaf, disability and Mad arts. Performance bursts, curated conversations, fine food and drink, djs and dance, live music and visual art await you! Featuring leading artists and creators from around the country, The Republic of Inclusion promises to reveal the scope of existing works, and practice in Canada. The entirely accessible event will take place at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa from June 27 to 29 and aims to showcase diverse artistic practices that explore the idea of inclusion in the arts.

Featuring more than 50 leading artists and creators from Canada and abroad, The Republic of Inclusion will encourage cultural and creative change with performance bursts and discussions, music, visual arts, food, and more. Produced by the National Arts Centre English Theatre, attendees are invited to gain insight into the wide array of artistic practices and to find their place within the Republic of Inclusion.

“Within the disability community many of us consider ourselves to be a global community. We connect through our common lived experience facing barriers and finding creative solutions,” said Alex Bulmer, participating playwright. “As a blind artist who lives and works in both Canada and the UK, I celebrate the work of British Council to nurture a growing connection between disabled artists from both countries.”

British Council will support artists from Canada and the United Kingdom, including a collaborative residency between Deborah Patterson, Winnipeg-based playwright, director and actor and Caroline Bowditch, a Scotland-based performance artist and choreographer.

“We are thrilled to support an event that fosters new ways of understanding each other through the arts. This initiative is a perfect opportunity to reflect on inclusion and accessibility within the arts across both Canada and the United Kingdom,” said Mariya Afzal, Country Director of British Council Canada.

The event is the culmination of a three-year Cycle of exploration of the arts, co-curated by Syrus Marcus Ware and Sarah Garton Stanley. For more information on The Republic of Inclusion and the Cycle, please click here.