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Posted by Philip Patston on 5 July 2007, 7:14 pm

Diversityworks Trust announces Momentum’09

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 5 July 2007

Diversityworks Trust has announced it plans to host a major international Symposium in the world-wide calendar of Disability Arts festivals. Due to take place in Auckland, New Zealand during the Summer of 2009, the event is a must for anyone committed to taking global linking to a new level for disabled artists and arts workers around the world. Momentum'09 will create time and space for intense debate on a range of issues and topics, as well as showcasing the work of the best disabled artists and performers from around the world.

Momentum'09 is the beginning of sincere, deep-rooted action-based development with disabled people, the arts, voluntary and business sector along with key public agencies. Diversityworks Trust, founded by disabled comedian and social entrepreneur Philip Patston, works to enhance social and economic participation in the arts. The Trust is committed to the highest levels of innovation, uncompromising access and real partnership to achieve a vision of a society whereby disabled people are valued, potential is nurtured and a part is secured in a thriving global economy.

"Momentum'09 aims to build upon the developments created by other international Disability Arts events of the last 5 years," says Patston, "events such as Above and Beyond in the UK (Artistic Director Moya Harris is working as part of the Diversityworks team planning the event and will be the UK contact), Giant Leap (NZ), KickstART (Canada) and High Beam (Australia).

"Momentum'09 will be based around three themes: pace, perspective and prominence. These will bring focus to accelerating development and best practice; exploring innovation and changing perceptions; and creating imperatives for promotion and celebration."

Major partners in Momentum'09 include the International Guild of Disabled Artists and Performers (IGODAP) and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), AUT University and Auckland City, as well as Arts Regional Trust (who funded a detailed scoping project that has produced a comprehensive Business and Development Plan), . Fundraising is already underway and sponsorship opportunities are available.

A mailing list has been established to ensure interested parties stay in touch with developments. Subscription information can be found on the Momentum'09 webpage.

A call for expressions of interest from keynote speakers, workshop leaders and performers will be made later this year. But make a note in your diary now and make sure you get there - Momentum'09 is not to be missed!

For more information contact us.

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Momentum'09 supporters