City of Newcastle Celebrates Disability Inclusion at Count Us In Festival

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With over 30 events and activities across the city, City of Newcastle’s Count Us In Newcastle festival in March, is a celebration of Newcastle’s inclusiveness and accessibility. The month-long festival, delivered in partnership with local businesses and community groups, highlights the city’s disability inclusive community. 

There are lots of curated events and activities in the festival program include a Goal Ball day facilitated by former Australian Paralympians, immersive art and dance experiences, as well as activations focused on education and awareness exploring topics such as discrimination in the workplace.

Some event highlights include:

Awabakal Arts at the VIC – 9 March

Experience the new Visitor Information Centre at the former Civic Railway Station. Throughout March, people of all-abilities are encouraged to come and explore the center as they present Indigenous Artworks by members of Awabakal Disability services.

Busy Beans Pop Up Cafe for a Free Coffee – 9 and 10 March

Count Us In Newcastle
Count Us In Newcastle

Grab a free coffee or tea from the highly trained Baristas at the Visitor Information Centre. Busy Beans is a quality barista service giving people with a disability the opportunity to learn new skills, build confidence and find meaningful employment as baristas. Find out more about Busy Beans Pop Up Cafe.

Stand Up Speak Up community mural painting event on 13 & 14 March

A not-to-be-missed event will be the Stand Up Speak Up community mural painting event at 194 Maitland Road Islington, to be held on 13 and 14 March and delivered by Community Disability Alliance Hunter.

Community Disability Alliance Hunter executive director Andrew Vodic says the mural will empower those in our community living with a disability and create community conversation. “The mural symbolises our experiences as people living with a disability in our community promoting inclusion,” Mr Vodic said.  “Pop by on 14 March to learn more about the meaning behind the mural and join in a community conversation around disability inclusion.”

Come and Try Goalball – A Team Sport for All on 20 March

Join Australian Paralympic representatives and play Goal Ball at Newcastle City Hall.

Aikido Workshop for kids and parents/carers with ASD Experience on 28 March

Learn the skills of the Japanese Martial Art of Aikido for kids on the Autism spectrum at Newcastle Aikido Dojo in Hamilton

Family Fun Day at Foreshore Park on 28 March

Join families supporting families at their fun family day

These are just some of the events and activities offered in Count Me In. Diversity is reflected in the broad range of activities on offer in the festival program, which have been curated to establish Newcastle as an inclusive community for people living with a disability, their families, carers and friends.

Newcastle Councillor Matthew Byrne and Chair of City of Newcastle’s Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee, said the festival is for everyone and encouraged Novocastrians to come and join in the many events and activities on offer throughout March.  

“The broader community is encouraged to join in the festival, as inclusion is everyone’s business and the entire community benefits when we celebrate all our abilities,” Cr Byrne said.

Count Us in Newcastle will be held from 4 to 31 March 2021.

For a full program of events and activities and booking information, visit City of Newcastle’s website.

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