Event Information

Midlands Arts Centre and Bristol Music Trust  are proud to announce that Fast Forward Festival 2019 will take place at MAC on Thursday 24 October 2019. 

Fast Forward is a national disability and arts festival celebrating inclusion and challenging expectations around disability and the music industry. 

This year’s festival will showcase the best examples of inclusive arts from across the UK. Highlights include a keynote from Jess Thom (Touretteshero) and industry case studies from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Drake Music, and The National Open Youth Orchestra

There will also be performances from BSO Resound, the first disabled-led ensemble to ever perform at the BBC Proms, and Sarah Fisher’s acclaimed show ‘Twitch’. 

Guests may arrive at the Festival from 9:30am, with events beginning at 10am until 5:30pm. The Festival performances will run from 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Attendees may select their ticket option of: 

- Day + evening sessions

- Day only session

- Evening only session

“MAC is proud to be hosting and co-producing Fast Forward Festival 2019 with NCIE. This as an important moment for inclusive practice, offering a vital platform to advocate for positive change across the music industry. It's a key date for anyone working within the music sector, with genuinely great opportunities to hear from outstanding contributors from across the country - so don't miss out, book now!”  

- Holly Radford, Producer, MAC Makes Music

“If you are a venue, an orchestra, a music education hub, or anyone working in the music industry, and are interested in exploring how inclusion is driving the creative and cultural development of some of the UK's leading arts organisations, Fast Forward Festival is unmissable.” 

- Siggy Patchitt, Head of the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence, Bristol Music Trust

Please see details of the Fast Forward Festival schedule below. 

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