The UK capital’s Southbank Centre is the first UK venue to be awarded Attitude is Everything’s highest possible accolade in its efforts to improve access and inclusion to live events.
The Attitude is Everything Platinum Award, given by the disability-led charity, recognises the art centre’s commitment to providing the best possible experience for audiences and understanding the potential access requirements of Deaf, disabled, neurodivergent and people with health conditions.
“Attitude is Everything are absolutely delighted to have signed off the Southbank Centre as the UK’s first Platinum member of the Live Events Access Charter”, said Gideon Feldman, Head of Programmes at Attitude is Everything.
“They have been a committed member of the charter for over six years and from the very beginning have asked what they can do to push their access offer beyond what the Charter expects. “To implement the Platinum level of the Charter, the Southbank Centre has considered customer journeys, artists working at their venues, engaging and developing staff and setting minimum standards for companies and brands using their spaces. “In becoming the first venue to be accredited at the Platinum level, the Southbank Centre have demonstrated how access and inclusion is at the core of how the company operates and how they wish to be seen as a venue - engaged with disabled people to constantly strive to offer the best possible experience.”
The Southbank Centre in London is the UK’s largest multi-arts centre, producing and presenting 3,500 cultural live events a year - over 40% of which are free - and attracting over 1.3m visitors annually to Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Hayward Gallery, National Poetry Library and Arts Council Collection.
“We work hard to bring unbeatable cultural experiences that are accessible for everyone – especially those who may have felt excluded from the arts – so we’re thrilled to be the first UK venue to be awarded Platinum accessibility status by Attitude is Everything,” said Elaine Bedell, Chief Executive at the Southbank Centre. To find out more go to www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk or www.southbankcentre.co.uk
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