First Outstanding Attitude Awards Winners Announced

Posted on 09.12.2016

First Outstanding Attitude Awards Winners Announced

Today we are pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural Outstanding Attitude Awards – recognising Charter venues and festivals at the forefront of creative and innovative access provision for Deaf and disabled audiences.

Highlighting that no event is too small or too large to improve its accessibility, the six winners range from a 500-capacity venue in South London to one of the UK’s best-known outdoor music festivals.

Commenting on the awards, Suzanne Bull MBE, CEO Attitude is Everything said:

The Outstanding Attitude Awards are proof that all live music events, regardless of size and re-sources, can think outside the box and become more inclusive to a wide spectrum of disabled au-diences. This year’s winners range from some simple but hugely impactful online resources, to a groundbreaking music conference and several cutting edge innovations for Deaf fans. I would like to congratulate all the winners on their success, and I hope other venues and festivals can take inspiration from their achievements and can-do approach.

The winners are:

Venues

The Albany, London – Walking Video Guides

Shot via smart phone and hosted on the venue’s website, these short-form videos depict the real-time journey from the Albany’s three nearest train stations for the benefit of all attendees including people with mobility impairments. 

Colston Hall, Bristol – Fast Forward Festival

A pioneering conference and series of performances that put accessible music-making centre-stage, and involved significant changes to the building and investment in staff training.

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham – British Sign Language interpretation service for all new events

The venue have developed a new BSL service in partnership with audiences and Performance Interpreting, providing tailored BSL interpretation as part of its core programme and upon request.

Festivals

Just So Festival, Cheshire – inclusive programme

Just So compiled their programme guidelines into eight specific categories such as “Sit Back and Relax” and “Make Some Noise”, enabling audience members to make informed choices about activities best suited to their needs for each of the 200 events at the festival.

Nozstock: The Hidden Valley, Herefordshire – online access information and social story

Based on a working farm with challenging terrain, Nozstock have produced detailed online maps and access information resources - including photo guides, distances to key locations and a downloadable “social story” for people with autism and learning disabilities.

Reading Festival – user-led British Sign Language interpretation service

a consistently innovative event, organisers Festival Republic have made huge strides to engage with Deaf audience members over several years, now working with SSE Audio and Creative Technology to transmit user-led BSL interpretation of performances to screens on both viewing platforms and the main stage.

With nominations drawn from venues and festivals signed up to Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, 2016’s winners were chosen by a group of music and access experts:

  • Hannah McKearnen, Mystery Shopper for Attitude is Everything
  • James Hanley, Senior Staff Writer, Music Week
  • Mark Butler, Head of Venue Operations, Roundhouse
  • Paul Reed, General Manager, Association of Independent Festivals