(Anti)manual For Practical Cultural Accessibility

The "(ANTI)MANUAL FOR PRACTICAL CULTURAL ACCESSIBILITY" proposes a critical review of the concept of disability, moving away from the traditional medical model and understanding it as an integral aspect of culture. This expanded focus promotes an understanding that while assistive technologies are essential, they alone are not enough to foster truly inclusive and comprehensive dialogue about cultural accessibility. The project emphasizes the importance of recognizing cultural diversity as central to the discussion of accessibility, encouraging solutions that integrate all facets of the human experience.


The "(ANTI)MANUAL" is structured around two-hour meetings, divided into three stages: Resonances, Polyphonic Café, and Publication. "Resonances" are micro-conferences that address different aspects of cultural accessibility. This is followed by the "Polyphonic Café," a space for directed dialogues that facilitate the inclusion of multiple voices and perspectives. Each meeting concludes with the "Publication," a compendium of the reflections and discussions held, serving as a collective product of the event. 


Starting from the question, "What do I need to be well here?", the project aims to build a dynamic panel of shared knowledge and experiences. The focus is on problematizing and resizing the legally established accessibility parameters, promoting a network of dialogues that incorporate the perspectives of those directly impacted by access barriers. This collaborative effort does not seek to establish a fixed manual, but rather to open pathways for new reflections and solutions in cultural accessibility. 


During the 21st ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival in Cuba, Cintia Alves will share the experiences she gained while moderating different sessions of the "(ANTI)MANUAL FOR PRACTICAL CULTURAL ACCESSIBILITY". She will also offer participants a practical experience of multiculturalism, demonstrating how the interaction between different cultures can contribute to greater accessibility and cultural appreciation, reinforcing the idea that accessibility is a diverse and cultural issue.

About the Artists

Ph.D. candidate and Master in Performing Arts from ECA/USP, playwright, screenwriter, theater director, and educator, specialized in Cultural Management by Itaú Cultural/Singularidades. Over the past 10 years, she has worked on projects involving cultural mediation, accessibility, and multiculturalism, including partnerships with the São Paulo Cultural Center and SESC-São Paulo. She coordinated workshops at the 6th International Congress on Museum Accessibility in collaboration with the Tomie Ohtake Institute. She is the director of Vozes Diversas and a script coordinator at TV Cultura in São Paulo.

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