One Year On

A report by Demos exploring Accentuate's plans to build upon and develop the cultural legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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Front page report text one year on a review of the cultural legacy of the Paralympics

The Paralympic Games, in addition to being a celebration of sporting prowess, was also supposed to promote the biggest showcase for disabled arts and culture ever seen. The four-year Cultural Olympiad included over 800 disabled and Deaf artists, producing everything from short films and outdoor circus to dance and multi-sensory art installations. However, One Year On, a report by the cross party think tank DEMOS, finds that while the ‘elite’ of disabled artists whose work was commissioned as part of the Cultural Olympiad received a huge boost, the silent majority of disabled people missed out.

This report captures the concerns of the Accentuate Symposium that brought together the views of those involved in the Cultural Olympiad, including sports and cultural practitioners, disabled artists and Paralympians, academics and disability policy experts. The report argues that the cultural legacy of the Paralympics remains largely overlooked, with much of the focus on improving disabled people’s access to sports or on the perception of disabled people more generally. It also perceives a missed opportunity to increase the participation and employment of disabled people in the UK’s cultural life.

The report marks the start of a more in-depth study by Accentuate to understand why disabled employment in the cultural sectors is so poor, and what stops disabled people engaging in the arts more generally.  You can download the report free.

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