Accessible Culture without boarders
Cross-cultural meeting for children with and without disabilities from Israel and the region's countries to promote awareness and integration into society. Writers, actors, singers, therapist players and professionals take part in raising awareness of the issue of accepting the difference through culture.
One day of events where children with and without special needs from Israel and the countries of the region meet for an inspiring and educational encounter. The event featured musical performances, plays and diverse workshops all around a cross-border theme - a culture accessible to people with disabilities - physically and mentally. Writers, actors, singers, therapist players and professionals took part in raising awareness of the issue of accepting the difference through culture.
Scribbled Scribble - "Being a scribble in a world of shapes, is it good or bad? How am I different? Are we actually ... all different?" Storytelling by the author Noga Algom who reads, tells, and sings her story "Scrambled Scribble" in an enchanting theatrical way. The story was told in Hebrew with Arabic and sign language translations. Children were invited to share experiences, thoughts and questions, and participate in a creative workshop on the story.
The Elephant who wanted to be the most - A story about a gray elephant who dreamed of being a citizen. The show was sung and and the children were actively involved to be part of the story.
The play was accompanied by songs and sensory accessories. The activity was adapted and accessible to children with special needs.
Transparent Rainbow - Roni Ginnosar, a singer, pianist and talented composer with an internationally recognized career who is dealing with high functioning autism in an exciting and magical musical performance. Roni talks about her life and autism, singing original songs and adaptations to well-known songs. Through the use of a looper (which she calls Mr. Lupa) she addresses the need for repetition in autistic people and through music brings viewers closer to how autistic people experience their lives.
At the end of the performance, Roni delivered a master class which included explanations, sharing from a personal angle and experience working with the looper.
Orchestra on wheels - an experiential workshop, at the end - a performance. Participants come to meet with a bicycle or wheelchair. The bikes and wheelchairs were enhanced by a touch microphone, which makes them an acoustic instrument. In the workshop, participants learned a piece of music specifically written for these "instruments" while exploring options for producing sounds from bicycles and wheelchairs. The work is written as a series of graphic instructions (without characters).
At the end of the workshop the participants performed the work in front of an audience. No prior musical knowledge was required.
Intercultural Bridge - "Maqamat", the Eastern Academy of Music in Safed, together with musicians from Hebron and students from the Kfar Saba Conservatory of Music in a performance of Arabic and Eastern music as a bridge between people and cultures - Jews, Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians.
Touching the Sounds with Beethoven - A groundbreaking musical performance, winner of the Israel Accessibility Award for 2018. The play was inspired by hearing-impaired children and brings to life the story of the composer Beethoven who, despite his deafness, continued to write masterpieces. Viewers experience a multi-sensory experience in which they hear, see and touch the sounds. It is a story about friendship, acceptance of the difference, and the power of the human spirit that can overcome body limitations. The play was fully accessed: sign language translation, and simultaneous Arabic translation.
With all the heart - a position for giving and repairing hearing aids:
Medton-Hedim set up a hearing aid stand for children where 50 pairs of hearing aids were donated to children from neighbouring countries and help repair other devices.