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"Call to Artists: Evolve High Beam 2004"
2003-10-10 until 2004-02-01
Arts In Action
Adelaide, SA, AU Australia

Evolve High Beam 2004 is looking for artists and performances to take part in the 2004 festival. Curated by Artistic Director, Susan Maley, Evolve, High Beam 2004 is a seven day cultural experience for people with a disability; their carers, families, friends; artists with a disability; professionals working in the disability sector and; artists and others interested in how the experience of disability can influence one‚s worldview and the art that artists make. High Beam will be held in Adelaide, Australia‚s festival city, Monday May 3 - Sunday May 9 2004.   There is no registration fee for participation. 

„Evolve High Beam 2004 will be a focused and dedicated environment in which to Śevolve‚ through presenting, viewing, debating, listening, teaching, learning, observing and participating," said Susan, "It will feature dance, theatre, music, visual art, comedy and workshops."

"It has a special interest in discourse about disability culture.  IDEAS AND INNOVATIONS, a two day watershed conference which takes place during the festival, will give added focus to the evolution."

Susan comes to Australia from work in Hawaii and Oregon and was appointed in February this year.


High Beam is a groundbreaking festival - the first of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. Since its inception in 1998, it has offered a broad program of music, comedy, theatre, dance, art, debate, workshops and community events.

The diverse nature of the program gives opportunities for everyone to participate. National and international artists gather at High Beam to celebrate the many creative expressions of disability culture. It has also been the inspiration for the creation of other festivals focusing on art and disability and is a leader in showcasing contemporary works influenced and inspired by experience of disabilities.

Festival Theme

The festival's theme is EVOLVE. Through the arts and discourse opportunities offered at High Beam 2004 participants can evolve‚ their creativity, their ideas, their skills, their networks and their audiences.

EVOLVE is about opportunity and achievement. It is a chance for professional development, exchange of ideas and critical debate. It is a tight package of activity structured around pathways to understanding that will reward you with a richer and deeper appreciation of the meaning of creative achievement.

It aims to leave participants inspired and stimulated by a different kind of arts experience.

For example participants can choose to travel a pathway created around a particular artist or arts worker. Hear them speak about their work, philosophy and methodology in conference. View a performance that is the culmination of that work. Attend a workshop to learn more about the practical reality of how their work is produced. Meet them and talk to them about their experiences.

Or you can choose to travel a pathway created by involvement in one of the community cultural development projects just getting underway.

More Information

For further information about attending the festival and conference, performing at the festival or presenting at the conference contact Geoff Crowhurst, program coordinator at:

highbeamfestival@artsinaction.asn.au or
call (08) 8224 0799 or
Visit the website at www.artsinaction.asn.au

Ask for an Expression of Interest form and let Arts In Action know what you are interested in planning!

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