Creating an inclusive electric cello experience

I am thrilled to work on this new project, ‘Engage and Interact’ (2018/2019). It is a research and development project led by Jo-anne Cox, an exceptional cellist and a great person to work with.

The aim is to create a multi-sensory and interactive cello performance, where access features are enhancing the aesthetics of the show and offer new ways for audiences to experience and engage with the performance.

The process is exciting and each step is revealing something beautiful in this project. Below is a short clip from the first development day in November 2018:

For further details and updates, visit this link or simply get in touch

A hand shadow production on tour

A new collaboration with hand shadowgrapher Drew Colby (Finger and Thumb Theatre) to produce ‘My Shadow and Me‘.

The show premiered on 16th September 2017 at Junction, Goole and since then it has been touring across the UK and abroad.  For updates on the tour,  go to:

In the meantime, get a glimpse into the magic world of ‘My Shadow and Me’ by watching the trailer below (subtitles included). We loved it and we hope you like it too!

Below is an interesting review of the show’s accessibility for D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences by Teresa Garratty:

Teresa Garratty: Find out about the UK’s only hand shadowgrapher!

We also created a short film about the show and the collaboration with Junction in Goole:

visits4u: strengthening inclusive tourism

Throughout 2016 – 2017 I worked on ‘visits4u’, an 18-month project on inclusive tourism, on behalf of  the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE). It was co-funded by the COSME Programme of the European Union.

The pillar of ‘visits4u’ was to build capacity of the tourism sector across the partners’ regions in six European countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Spain and the UK. This was achieved through training activities that increased awareness and skills in developing inclusive tourism provision.

Following on from these activities, a series of online tools and resources has been developed, which are available for free via the project’s website: Access Guides, Case Studies and Online Training Modules for tourism businesses.

The project also introduced the use of information in Easy Read and Sign Languages (national ones and International Signs) in the production and promotion of tourism packages. Click here to find out more.

Read more:

Published articles in the Access by Design journal, written by Foteini Galanopoulou, European Project Manager for CAE: Issue 146, in PDF and WORD (text only) – Issue 147, in PDF and WORD (text only).

Final project conference: Accessible Tourism for All, 7th December 2017, Latvia, Rigavisits4u presentation.