This workshop will do what it says on the tin and let you know the reasonings and practicalities behind putting on diverse and accessible events.
By diverse, we mean that the performers, audience, and other people involved include people from marginalised backgrounds or identities (disabled people, working class people, queer people, trans people, women, people of colour, ect,) and by accessible we mean that those people are able to use and feel comfortable in the spaces we create!
The workshop will cover things like microaggressions, anti-harassment, language, physical access, sensory access (lights, chill out space, noises, etc.), online access of information, ticketing/prices, staff awareness/training, security, and how to deal with incidents in the moment and after the moment.
It will be both discussion and panel based, and include representatives from:
– Attitude is Everything, who improve Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.
– First Timers, who organise a season of workshops followed by a weekend of gigs where every band plays its first show. First Timers is about getting new faces and voices in bands, and doing something about the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community.
– Loud n Queer, who put on gigs featuring queer musicians.
– And more TBC!
Tickets are £5, but no-one is turned away for lack of funds. Email us ahead at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a ticket fee waived, and if you have any questions about accessibility.
Diy Space For London is a member’s club. Open to members and their guests only. Membership costs £2 – https://membermojo.co.uk/diyspaceforlondon/
Accountability agreement: https://diyspaceforlondon.org/accountability/
Accessibility info: https://diyspaceforlondon.org/access/
What is First Timers Festival?
First Timers is a season of workshops followed by a weekend of gigs where every band plays its first show. We want to provide a supportive context for people new to playing music before, during and after First Timers season!
First Timers is about getting new faces and voices in bands, and doing something about the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community. The criteria below aren’t intended to exclude anyone, but are a direct way of addressing this. As such, your band as a whole need to be able to say YES to at least TWO of these statements:
💖 One or more of us has never played in a band before.
💖 One or more of us identify as one (or more!) of the following: disabled (visible or non-visible), trans*, queer, non binary, LGBTQIA+, a person of colour, a woman.
💖 One or more of us is playing or doing something in this band that they have never played or done before.
If you want any support, are looking for band members or have any queries at all please post in here or drop us an email at email@example.com and we’ll do our best to help!
DIY Space for London is an accessible venue. It is on a single floor level, with access ramps, widened doors, an accessible toilet and plenty of space for maneuvering and getting away from crowds. There is plenty of seating available and the toilets are gender neutral and accessible. If you are forming a band or coming as an audience member and would like to discuss access, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: https://diyspaceforlondon.org/access
For more info on how to run First Timers Fest in your area check out firsttimers.org 💖