InterACT Disability Arts Festival

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The InterACT Disability Arts Festival is an annual three-day event which showcases the talents of disabled performers, authors, artists, and artisans in Auckland, New Zealand. The event has been described by the Minister for Disability Issues, Tariana Turia, as "a chance for people of all abilities to celebrate and share their talents with us all"[1]


The festival was inspired by the Awakenings Festival of Horsham, Victoria, Australia. It wasn't until five years after a visit to the 2007 Awakenings festival by three representatives of the Interacting Theatre Company, that the inaugural InterACT festival was held in Auckland, New Zealand.[2]

The 2013 edition of the festival is scheduled for 23–25 October and the venue will be Corban's Estate Arts Centre, Henderson.[3]

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  1. ^ "Minister encourages wider community to support New Zealand's first Disability Arts Festival this weekend". 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2013-09-20.
  2. ^ Chris Laidlaw, Chris Tally Evans, Paula Crimmens, Trina Armstrong (2011-10-30). Radio New Zealand : National : Sunday Morning : 30 Oct 2011 : Ideas for 30 October 2011 (Radio broadcast). Event occurs at 00:28:40. Retrieved 2013-09-20. I work for Interacting, which is a disabled arts theatre company. And I went with Trina and our Chair[person] to Australia, to the Awakenings festival in 2007. It's taken us this long to decide we wanted to put on a festival, because essentially we're a theatre company and we do two productions a year. But last year we decided we were in a position with sufficient support networks and relationships with other organisations to go for it, and to put on a New Zealand version of the annual Awakenings festival in Australia.
  3. ^ "InterACT Disability Arts Festival". 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-09-20.

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