An image of the Unlimited performance group which officially opened the 5th International Theatre Conference in Baku
Unlimited premiere at the International Theatre Conference in Baku ©

British Council

Social stigma around disability in Wider Europe

Disability is widely subject to social stigma in each of the former countries of the Soviet Union. In particular in the arts sector, disabled people regularly continue to face barriers and are isolated from mainstream arts practice and its decision-making processes. Disabled audiences are also excluded as there is scant legislation ensuring wider-public access for people with disabilities.

Our priority in Wider Europe is to promote diverse societies and the participation of disabled people in social policy-making through inclusive arts practice.The current programme aims to develop the disability arts sector in Wider Europe and support the inclusion of disabled people in the creative economy and policy-making. 

Developing a network of disabled artists and activists

Unlimited: Making the Right Moves is a multi-country project with the ambition to develop a region-wide network of artists and cultural activists committed to the promotion of diverse societies and the participation of disabled people in social policy-making. It was initiated in Armenia in 2013 to establish the first inclusive Theatre and Dance Company in the country, consisting of disabled and non-disabled actors.  

The programme has since expanded to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine and activities have included the regional tour of Candoco Dance Company (UK), symposia and policy talks, international forums, sector mapping, capacity-building and training for disabled and non-disabled dancers and choreographers.