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This is the easy to read version of our DANCING project homepage.

We are doing a research project.

It is called “Protecting the Right to Culture of Persons with Disabilities and Enhancing Cultural Diversity through European Union Law: Exploring New Paths”

For short, we call it DANCING

This project looks at people with disabilities in the European Union.

The European Union is a group of 27 countries who have come together to make choices about what are the best laws.

Cultural life includes music, dance, art, and theatre.

It can be interesting or fun.

We think it is fair that everyone gets to enjoy these activities, including people with disabilities.

The project will look at whether people with disabilities can take part in cultural life (music, dance, theatre, movies, festivals and so on). 

 People can take part in cultural life in 2 ways:

  • As participants (playing music, dancing)
  • As audience, (listening to concert or attending a dance performance).

Cultural diversity is about many different people, with different interest and skills participating to the world of arts.

When people with disabilities take part in cultural life, it brings more cultural diversity.

In our project we want to find out about how much people with disabilities are able to take part in cultural life.

There is not much on this subject about, so this project will bring new information.

The project is “inter-disciplinary”. It means it is done looking at various sources of information.

The project is also based on participation.

We are organising a dance show with people with and without disabilities to participate and to watch.

The information from this experience will help us for our research.   

The European Research Council gave us money.

We are based at Maynooth University in Ireland. Ireland is in the European Union.

Delia Ferri headshot

Professor Delia Ferri is leading the project.

We believe that: 

  1. Everyone should be able to take part and enjoy cultural life.
  2. People with disabilities are often not able to take part in cultural life. 
  3. When people with disabilities take part in cultural life, life is better for everyone.  
  4. In the European Union, we think that having different interests and competencies is a good thing. 

People with disabilities taking part in cultural life brings different interests and that is a good thing.  

With our project DANCING, we want to help people with disabilities get past the problems they might face in trying to take part in cultural life.

We also want to see what things help people with disabilities to take part in cultural life.

At the end of the day we want to make the world fairer.

EtR translation by Hilary Hooks with the support of Helen Portal and Soufiane el Amrani from Inclusion Europe to whom we give grateful thanks.

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