The Hijinx Unity Festival has been awarded the Silver Level on the Charter of Best Practice by Attitude is Everything for its commitment to improving access for Deaf and disabled music fans. Attitude is Everything is a charity that improves access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry to implement a Charter of Best Practice across the UK.
To qualify for Charter status, the Hijinx Unity Festival demonstrated exemplary access provision and an on-going commitment to improving accessibility beyond the legal obligations set out in the Equality Act. Working with Attitude is Everything, the Festival implements best practice and is recognized for providing a fair and equal service to its Deaf and disabled customers.
The Hijinx Unity Festival is specifically recognised by Attitude is Everything for:
- Accessible venues being used for all performances
- Audio Described and BSL interpreted performances
- Access to Changing Places facilities for audiences
- A photoroute of the main access routes to the festival
Commenting on the award, Suzanne Bull MBE, CEO of Attitude is Everything, said:
“We’re delighted to welcome the Hijinx Unity Festival onto the Charter. The festival provides great accessibility for all audiences with excellent provision for audience members with learning disabilities, visual impairments and hearing impairments. We look forward to supporting them to move further up the Charter.”
Clare Williams, Chief Executive of Hijinx added:
“The annual Hijinx Unity Festival is our flagship event, showcasing some of the best in international integrated and disability arts, here in Cardiff. We’re proud to have achieved this award, demonstrating our commitment to an accessible programme of brilliant performances. Now we’re going for gold”!
The Hijinx Unity Festival joins more than 100 festivals and music venues that have already committed to the Charter, from large-scale events and arenas, including Glastonbury, Latitude, Download, Reading/Leeds and The O2 through to the 14 mid-sized venues owned by Academy Music Group and a diverse range of smaller clubs and student union halls.