By working across borders, across cultures, and across disciplines, could we collectively REIMAGINE disability and create new narratives around identity, access, and inclusion?
The project centered around a creative re-imaginging of Shakespeare’s Richard III at Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, Denmark – using the production as a platform to explore questions of identity, access and inclusion across cultures and continents.
In August 2019, the Richard III production played on-stage at Kronborg Castle and the world gathered in Elsinore for the REIMAGINE Festival and Action Lab – bringing art, activism, dialogue and debate to the streets and cultural spaces of Elsinore, to collectively REIMAGINE Disability.
REIMAGINE laid the foundation for a global community and new projects and collaborations exploring disability, access and inclusion. The next chapter of REIMAGINE continues to unfold…
Creating Reimagine 2019
the orange accessibility floor
The old medieval city of Elsinore is paved with cobblestone. The City is quite inaccessible to people with physical disabilities. With REIMAGINE 2019 we wanted to reimagine awareness about accessibility in a new colorful and creative way.
Talks and thoughts
from the keynote speakers
at the Action Lab
A selection of keynote talks from the REIMAGINE Festival - coming soon...
ACTION LAB PROGRAMME
- August 2019, we turned the historic City of Elsinore into a living global lab to REIMAGINE disability: Art exhibitions, talks, debates, a theatre play and an action lab
- Two actors with disabilities played major roles onstage for the first time in Kronborg Castle’s 200-year history of Shakespeare
- International guests from across six continents: South Africa, Brazil, Japan, Korea, France, UK, US, Australia and more
- A reach of 32 different media outlets in Denmark –> 700.000 readers
- One nomination and one award for theatre play Richard III by CPHCulture
Through the REIMAGINE project we created new relationships with and between people working with arts and culture, science, and disability and built bridges across countries and cultures.
These relationships have created the foundations of a global community, where artists, activists, researchers and community leaders can potentially develop new platforms for exchange and co-creation, locally and globally.
In addition, a variety of innovative solutions and collaborations continue to emerge from the Action Lab, one of many is to develop and implement a new platform for inclusion and equality using the principles of universal design.
The Living Declaration
A global respons to Covid-19
When the global pandemic hit the world – a core team of activists, researchers, practitioners from Reimagine 2019 teamed up yet again to develop and take action with The Living Declaration.
A living declaration, which brings focus on people with disability struggles and often neglected help and need during the time of Covid-19.
The Living Declaration has since then signed nearly 800 times and been spread to different continents of the world. It has been used by governments, NGO’s and other institutions promoting rights for people with disabilities during Covid-19.
Read more about the declaration on www.thelivingdeclaration.org