Julie Crothers DANCING on stage with the DANCING logomark on top



Protecting the Right to Culture of Persons with Disabilities and Enhancing Cultural Diversity through European Union Law: Exploring New Paths (DANCING)

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DANCING  explores  the right of  persons with disabilities to take part in cultural life as an essential aspect of enhancing cultural diversity in the EU. It aims to produce ground-breaking knowledge and adopts an interdisciplinary and participatory approach. The project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and is based at Maynooth University under Professor Delia Ferri as a Principal Investigator.

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Why are we doing research into disability and cultural diversity in EU Law?

We believe that:

  • Everyone has a right to take part in the cultural life of the community and to enjoy the arts. 
  • When people with disabilities take part in art and culture, we all benefit.  
  • People with disabilities are frequently not able to take part in art and culture. 
  • Cultural diversity is a value in the EU, and people with disabilities participating in culture will increase cultural diversity. 

We aim to challenge the cultural exclusion often faced by people with disabilities and to contribute to the creation of a more inclusive society. 


DANCING Logo mark

Our logo was created for us by Wonder Works Studio Ltd. in consultation with Prof. Delia Ferri.  It consists of the warm font Aller, and loose hand drawn lines.  The lines symbolise the movement and diversity of performing artists; they are different shapes but complement each other when put together.  The logo was created in various colours, but keeping contrast in mind for accessibility.

ERC Story Video: Reimagining cultural diversity: disability and inclusion
Here is an introduction to Project DANCING in Irish Sign Language.

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