Inclusive Excellence Conference

Fast Forward Music Festival

As part of Fast Forward Festival, Colston Hall is hosting The Inclusive Excellence Conference.

The Inclusive Excellence Conference  has been devised to take an honest and much-needed account of the inequity of the music industry and address the many barriers that exist, particularly for young people with disabilities who want to participate in and listen to the best music available.

Stine Nilsen, Artistic Director of Candoco Dance will deliver an engaging keynote illustrating how artistic diversity has impacted on audiences and performers and has transformed the culture of the organisation. Following a panel discussion, facilitated by Dick Hallam MBE (Chair of the Music Education Council) delegates will explore two main questions:

1. What must the industry do to create an accessible, affordable and fair ecology?

2. How does music education need to change to prepare young disabled musicians for this new ecology?

The event will also host the Music Education Council ‘Summer Seminar’ on Special Educational Needs and Disability. All recommendations will feed directly into MEC policy discussions with incoming ministers. Attendees have the rare opportunity to influence government policy.

Following the conference, there will be performances in the Foyer by Drake Music’s ‘Electric Storm Ensemble’ and ‘Absorbed By Sound’, a special collaboration between Drake Music and the Remix Youth Ensemble.

To attend, please RSVP to Siggy Patchitt at  with any dietry or access requirements by 25 June.

Watch Stine Nilsen’s Ted Talk:

Conference Schedule

10:30 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:15
Introduction and Key Note: Stine Nilsen – Candoco Dance

11:15 – 12:00 
Panel discussion

12:00 – 12:45 
Solution group 1 – Industry Transformation

12:45 – 13:45 

13:45 – 14:15 
Presentation: One Handed Musical Instrument Trust

14:15 – 15:00 
Solution group 2 – Grass Roots

15:00 – 15:30 
Summary and close

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