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8 October 2014

The iF Platform (Integrated Fringe) is a unique opportunity for companies and artists producing work with disabled and non disabled artists. It will showcase the best integrated work from the UK at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 23rd – 30th August 2015 to coincide with the British Council Showcase year.

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The platform is part of the larger 3-year Reach project, awarded Strategic Touring funding by Arts Council England. The Strategic Touring Partnership is led by Stopgap Dance Company and supported by partners Embrace Arts, The Point, University of Bedfordshire and Zinc Arts. Its aim is to raise the profile of integrated work.

“High quality integrated work is very scarce at the festival and by supporting the platform we will be able to help programmers make bold choices and further assist them with audience development. Work will be tour ready and we can help alleviate the risk that programmers may feel through booking diverse work by offering to support them through sharing our joint audience development strategy and helping them to work with their own communities to bring in new and diverse audiences” 
Lou Rogers, Creative Producer Strategic Touring.

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: ‘Stopgap Dance’s REACH project represents an important opportunity to increase diversity in dance, developing greater audience accessibility to performances and increasing opportunities for disabled artists to perform. The iF Platform, which is one strand of REACH’s work, embodies the wider ambitions of this three year project by supporting disabled artists to perform at the world’s largest arts festival – the Edinburgh Fringe. We are proud to support the ambitions of Stopgap and its partners through our Strategic touring programme.’

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and Stopgap as leaders in the world of integrated work along with the Reach Strategic Touring Partnership, will highlight excellent diverse work that will be viewed equally alongside the best new work that programmers travel to Edinburgh to find.

Applications are now open to companies and artists of all genres of performance. On offer is a cash contribution plus mentorship, marketing and PR opportunities and fundraising advice.  

Application deadline Friday 17th October 2014
Shortlist decisions 21st October 2014

Application forms can be downloaded at stopgapdance.com/about/strategic-touring

Quotes from partners:

“The IF platform will provide a shop window to showcase the extraordinary work made by disabled artists in the UK.  This project reflects The Point’s ongoing commitment to raising the profile of work created by disabled artists.”
Own Calvert-Lyons, Artistic Director, The Point

“Embrace Arts, University of Leicester is thrilled to be part of the Reach programme. Our commitment to high quality on inclusive work is becoming nationally recognised and we’re looking forward to the opportunities that this project will bring to Leicester and our surrounding communities.”
Louisa Milburn, Co-Director, Embrace Arts

“Reach is a fantastic opportunity for Zinc to continue its successful relationship with associate company, Stopgap, bringing Sg2 back to the area over the next three years and building deeper relationships with local communities and Zinc participants.”
Lyann Kennedy, Project Manager, Zinc Arts

“University of Bedfordshire builds relationships with organisations that reflect our own mission and values. Stopgap and the partners in this project share our commitment to high-quality performance work, which inspires ambition, talent development and participation. We very much look forward to working with artists and audiences on this project.” 
Prof. Helen Bailey, Executive Dean of Academic Partnerships

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