BLOG: Meet Cedrik - Our New Communications Assistant

Posted on 12.04.2016

BLOG: Meet Cedrik - Our New Communications Assistant

My name is Cedrik and I’ve just finished my first week as Communications Assistant at Attitude is Everything, getting to know the team and settling in to the role. I’ll be updating the website and running the Twitter and Facebook accounts, so you’ll be hearing lots more from me!

Before joining the team here I completed a six month internship with Candoco Dance Company, the contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, where I worked on their learning programme. Having already been a member of their youth dance company Cando2, it was a great opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes. I also gained a valuable insight into the challenges facing disabled artists and audiences and, most importantly, the creative approaches artists and venues are using to address this, such as the way BSL was incorporated into the choreography of the piece Let’s Talk About Dis.

I’ve been going to festivals all my entire life, from a few tents in a tiny field to what is temporarily the biggest city in Somerset – my parents even met at a festival! So this is an issue that is close to my heart. I also go to a lot of small, grassroots club events and gigs in London, where access is often not as good as it could be – an issue highlighted in our most recent State of Access Report, launched in February. While smaller venues may lack the resources to make big changes, one zero cost change every venue can make is to include good quality access information on their website with the help of our practical access information guide.

I have a longstanding interest and involvement in a variety of campaigns for social change, from environmental issues to LGBT rights. So it’s very exciting for me to be involved in the work of Attitude is Everything, a hugely successful campaign which combines two of my biggest passions!

If like me, you care about music and social justice, and you have an experience or perspective you’d like to share, please get in touch with me about doing a guest blog for our website. You’ll be reaching a wider audience at the same time as lending valuable support to our campaign for everyone to have equal access to live music.

If writing isn’t your thing, don’t worry – there are loads of ways to get involved! You could mystery shop a venue or festival for us, volunteer at a festival as part of our team, fundraise or donate to us, and encourage your favourite local venue to sign up to the Charter of Best Practice or Access Starts Online campaign.