An all-inclusive arts festival is headed for screens in Wagga to showcase the country's top deaf and disabled artists and performers.
PLATFORM Live, organised through Eastern Riverina Arts, will stream creative acts online, each providing audio descriptions, closed captions and Auslan to allow for every audience member to join in the fun.
Host of the festival's evening segment and comedian, Madeleine Stewart, said supporting diversity was vital in today's society.
Miss Stewart has a physical disability herself, where her left arm only extends to just below her elbow.
The comedian said it was this, as well as seeing many of her friends struggle, that inspired her to push for a more inclusive creative industry.
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"A lot of my friends with disabilities weren't able to perform in comedy clubs and such if there were, say, stairs or poor accessibility, and some would even have to leave their wheelchairs at the bottom of stairs and crawl up," she said.
"I just don't think these people should have to compromise their dignity to perform."
Crips and Creeps is Sydney's first accessible comedy club launched by Miss Stewart, who said she hoped would continue to bloom in the future alongside events like PLATFORM Live.
"With the current pandemic, people forget that while a lot of able bodies people can join in society again in small doses, those with disabilities may be more tentative to leave the house still, so an online festival like this is so great to give them that access to get involved," she said.
"I think this is worth remembering when the world goes back to normal."
Visit https://www.platformriverina.com/ on Saturday, June 27, to join the fun.