Council reveals date and location of pioneering disability-friendly music event

Pioneering event: Organisers can't wait for locals to experience the new Feel the Beat music event for young people with disability. Picture: Jeff McGill
Pioneering event: Organisers can't wait for locals to experience the new Feel the Beat music event for young people with disability. Picture: Jeff McGill

A music event in Campbelltown specifically catered to youths with disabilities is just around the corner.

Campbelltown Council has announced the date and location of the inaugural Feel the Beat festival.

The event, which was created following an idea from councillor Margaret Chivers last year, is designed to be inclusive, accessible and pioneering.

It will be held at Campbelltown Catholic Club's The Cube on August 18 in two separate sessions: Over the Rainbow (2pm-4.30pm) for people aged 12-17 and Light Up Your Life (6pm-10pm) for people aged 18-24.

There will be Auslan interpreters, a dance area, a seating area including a chill out zone full of cushions, bean bags and blankets, quiet zones and tables and chairs to make the event as inclusive as possible.

Cr Chivers said she was excited to see Feel the Beat coming to fruition.

"I know the staff have been working really hard on this," she said.

"I'll be there on the day to walk around and ask people what they think and get some feedback. I don't want this to be a 'one and done' event, I want us to learn and grow for the next one."

Cr Chivers said she hoped the event would become something that Campbelltown was known for across the country.

"When I joined council I thought about what kind of legacy I would leave, and I'd really love Feel the Beat to part of that," she said.

Mayor George Brticevic said the council was proud to present an event for an often underrepresented section of the community.

"We're all about inclusiveness and kids with additional needs," he said.

"Our ambition has been to create an event that young people with a disability can enjoy by adapting the setting to make it suitable to meet special requirements.

"We want to remove anything that might inhibit someone with a disability from enjoying live entertainment at a large event."

Artists locked into the event include Ironic Circus, Underwraps, Rudely Interrupted and Ash and Bodo.

There will also be airbrush and henna tattoos as well as flower crown-making.

More information: www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/WhatsOn/FeelTheBeat.