AND Festival Tours to Vancouver 2010

AND+W2 is perhaps the first ever cultural co-funded production between a winter and summer Olympic Games. The project comprised a series of critical debates and film showings thematically structured around the Northwest’s  Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival, which is one of London 2012’ ‘inspired by’ programmes designed to engage people in dialogues around new norms in relation to sport, new media and alternative economies for culture, science, the body and the state.

AND’s relationship with W2 – a media centre in the Vancouver down town east side – emerged through relationships built by Debbi Lander and Professor Andy Miah at Vancouver’s Northern Voice conference a year before the Games in 2009 and a subsequent visit to England’s Northwest by W2’s Executive Director Irwin Oostindie in November 2009. These visits were crucial to establishing the collaboration, which only emphasizes the importance of enabling cultural programmer’s to liaise with future and past Olympic cities, in order to build partnerships that can translate into a transfer of knowledge.

The AND+W2 programme also involved a collaboration between disability arts agencies in Canada and with daDa in the Northwest, which was one of the very few projects involving disabled artists or disability arts evident in the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad programme.  Unlike London 2012’s Unlimited – a dedicated and integrated disability arts programme – Vancouver appeared to have opted for a minimal programme associated only with the Paralympics. Dada met online with Kickstart to webcast a cultural conversation on the state of disability arts in Canada and the Uk. This conversation is continuing as a cultural collaboration between Kickstart and DaDa for London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme in the Northwest.

~ by Debbi Lander on April 10, 2010.

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