This year Clarence City Council is once again joining in the celebration of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) with three days of community celebrations and events for all ages and abilities from Thursday 29 November to Saturday 1 December.
All of the IDPwD events are free and suitable for all ages and abilities, and all members of the community are encouraged to come along to one or all of the events in this year’s IDPwD celebrations.
The City of Hobart, in collaboration with the Access Committees from Clarence and Glenorchy Councils and the Tascare Society for Children, will be hosting the three-day general public event which will recognise, showcase and celebrate the amazing projects that are happening across our community for all ages and abilities.
The program includes:
A Music Extravaganza in the Elizabeth Street Mall on Thursday 29 November, 12-2pm:
The event will showcase individual performers, musical groups, dance troupes and two newly formed rock bands that are part of the Rock Band mentoring program facilitated by the Hobart Rock Band Academy. The program offers young people with a disability the opportunity to come together, develop skills and the confidence to form a band and as a result make amazing music and play to a public audience.
A Short Film Festival, Friday 30 November – Thursday 6 December.
Launch: Film and Popcorn night – Friday 30 November, 6-8pm 157 Elizabeth Street:
The festival will showcase films and movies to challenge perceptions, educate others and to make our community a more inclusive place for everyone. The films will highlight the importance of inclusive engagement by sharing stories of people living with a disability and shared experiences from young mentors. The films will also capture a range of creative ‘all abilities’ projects happening in southern Tasmania in the sports, art and performance space, as well as open up discussion about a range of topics which highlights the importance of inclusion, engagement and communication. The films will be shared with the community via a range of screens across the greater Hobart area.
A Sport and Recreation Fun Day Out, Saturday 1 December, 10 am – 2 pm:
As part of a Fun Day on Parliament Lawns, the community will be able to engage in a range of sport and recreation options including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair AFL, sensory nature play, fun and inclusive track and field events, juggling, and more.
The event is co-hosted by Special Olympics Tasmania and New Horizons Club Inc. and is an opportunity for sporting groups to share inclusive programs with the broader community.
All three events aim to celebrate inclusion and diversity, increase public awareness and celebrate community achievements.
For more information visit www.hobartcity.com.au/celebrateabilities.