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Disabled Access Day at mac – free activities for all abilities funded by players of Peoples’ Postcode Lottery

The generous players of Peoples Postcode Lottery will be funding a day of free* creative activities for disabled visitors, their friends and families as part of national Disabled Access Day at mac Birmingham on Saturday 11 March. Supporting the event for the second year running, mac’s day of activity runs from 10am to 6.30pm, with performances, workshops and support from local disability charities, who will be on hand to publicise their activities and services to visitors.

*Free activities for younger visitors include:

  • Tai Chi
  • Dance
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Relaxed Drama

*Free adult activities include:

  • Painting and drawing to music
  • Pottery
  • Drama and Wellbeing

The day will see the launch of mac’s large print access guide, freely available at mac and recorded on mac’s website prior to the event. The guide highlights the many facilities and assistance on offer, helping to ensure all visitors feel informed and welcomed. Visitors can enjoy a portrait exhibition curated by mac resident band Switch and resident theatre company Spectra. Switch will also perform a medley of their songs in the afternoon.

mac will screen three films from 2pm – a relaxed screening of My Feral Heart, which features Luke, an independent young man with Down's Syndrome, forced to live in a care home following the death of his aged mother, who strikes up an unlikely friendship with the gardener. An animated film: A Silent Voice – subtitled and relaxed. Based on a popular Manga comic, it highlights the plight of a bullied deaf student and her aggressor. Followed by a subtitled and audio described screening of the multiple Oscar nominated film Moonlight, which chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world. Tickets are priced at £8 (£6).

Deborah Kermode, CEO and Artistic Director at mac Birmingham said: ‘We’re so proud to be involved with Disabled Access Day once again and enormously grateful that the players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting the free activities. The day is a great opportunity to highlight the many accessible creative activities and facilities we have on offer throughout the year and we hope it will help to ensure we welcome even more visitors to our venue. We’re currently working with several charities, which will see increased programming for disabled young people and adults within our centre and in the surrounding community – all of which will help to ensure our ethos of arts for all is fulfilled.’

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery added: ‘We are delighted that our players are once again able to support mac’s Disabled Access Day by funding the free activities on offer.’

Disabled Access Day was developed by Euan MacDonald, Founder of Euan’s Guide, which features disabled access reviews from disabled people, their friends and families. Supporters of Euan’s guide include JK Rowling and Stephen Hawking.

For press enquiries please contact Marcia Springer, Senior Communications Manager on 0121 446 3237 or email marcia.springer@macbirmingham.co.uk.

Image credit: Nick Hynan at Disabled Access Day, mac 2016.

We’re so proud to be involved with Disabled Access Day once again and enormously grateful that the players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting the free activities. The day is a great opportunity to highlight the many accessible creative activities and facilities we have on offer throughout the year and we hope it will help to ensure we welcome even more visitors to our venue. We’re currently working with several charities, which will see increased programming for disabled young people and adults within our centre and in the surrounding community – all of which will help to ensure our ethos of arts for all is fulfilled.’

​Deborah Kermode, CEO and Artistic Director, mac Birmingham

We are delighted that our players are once again able to support mac’s Disabled Access Day by funding the free activities on offer.’

​Clara Govier, Head of Charities - People’s Postcode Lottery

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