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Welcome to the You Are Here Festival 2017 Access Guide!

In 2017 we are continuing our serious commitment to accessibility – because we believe everyone should be able to take part in our arts and culture. Here you can find information about how you can access the festival events and projects described in the festival program.

Contact details

If you have any questions about accessing the festival or want to make a booking for an event requiring registrations, please contact us.

You can send us an email to

You can call us on 0426 067 550.

If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service. For more information, visit: Ask for 0426 067 550.

The Festival Hub is a key information point with staff or volunteers on hand to assist you. Come in to 46 Northbourne Ave, Canberra.

Accessible formats

Information about the festival is available in a number of formats:

Printed program brochure: If you would like us to post you a copy please email and request this. You can also collect a copy of the program Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon.

In the following formats:




On the front page of our website:

Via email: you can send us an email to and request the program in specific format.

Via phone: you can call us on 0426 067 550

If you need information in a specific format, please contact us and we will try to make it available.

Text too small? If you would like a large print version of the program please contact us. We can provide it in RTF, PDF or Word formats. We can email or post it to you. We will also have a copy available at the Festival Hub, 46 Northbourne Ave, Canberra.

We will have captions on all of our videos this year. If you find a video on our website that does not have captions, please let us know.

Parking and transport

A guide to the accessibility of each of our venues can be downloaded here.

You can find a map of our venues here.

If you are not sure where to find one of our venues, please contact us.

Booking tickets

Free events with no registrations
Most of our events are free and do not require registration. You can just arrive at the venue and take a seat!

Free events which require registration
Some of our events are free but do require registration. Links to the ticket registration websites for these events are listed below:

Autonomous. Bookings opens soon.

Concrete. Book here.

Contested Land. Book here.

Every Day I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came. Book here.

Project VirtualEyes 2.0. Please phone or email us or make a booking in person at the Festival Hub

Run Amok! Bookings ope soon.

Telling Myths, Telling Lies. Book here.

Paid events
There are some events which have paid tickets – listed below. Tickets can be purchased for these events via the following links:

House-Bound. $20. Book here.

Escalate. $15 / $10. Book here.

If you would like to attend one of these events but the ticket price is a barrier to you, please contact us to discuss a discount or remission of the ticket price.

Companion cards
For any ticketed events, Companion Card holders receive a complimentary ticket for their companion. To book, please call 0426 067 550 during business hours or email The companion ticket must be booked at the same time as the booked ticket.

Wheelchair access

Many of our festival venues are wheelchair accessible or can be made accessible on request. Our print program and map also state whether the venue is wheelchair accessible.

To find events which are wheelchair accessible, go to the program here, and filter the events using the drop down list on the top right. Some of our events are tours that go around the city. If they are wheelchair accessible you can find them using the filter described above.

If a venue is not listed as being wheelchair accessible but you would like to attend the event, please contact us and we will do our best to make it possible.

Guide dogs

Guide dogs are welcome at all festival events and venues. Water bowls can be provided on request.

Audio description

Audio guides allow people who are Blind or vision impaired to access visual exhibitions. Audio guides can be navigated through at an individual’s pace.

We will have an audio guide available for the art installations in the Festival Hub at 46 Northbourne Ave. You will be able to download the audio guide from this website prior to your visit, or we will have 2 headsets available for hire at the Hub. Please send us an email if you would like to book a time to use the headsets.

The art works that will be audio described include:

Relaxed performances

Relaxed performances are designed to create a safe and welcoming environment for patrons with learning disabilities and/or sensory and communication impairments. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement by patrons, some small changes are made to the lighting and sound effects, and you can enter and exit the venue throughout the show.

Telling Myths, Telling Lies
Sunday 9 April, 2pm-3pm, Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

Contested Land
Saturday 8 April, 1pm-2pm, C-Block Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

A Big Indie Sing-along
Saturday 8 April, 2pm-3pm, Garema Place, Civic

Milkcrate Bandstand
Wednesday 5 April, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Garema Place, Civic
Thursday 6 April, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Garema Place, Civic
Friday 7 April, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Garema Place, Civic

AUSLAN interpreting

Auslan interpretation is available at select performances. Experienced Auslan interpreters stand to the side of the speaker or performed action and translate the text and dialogue into Auslan, signing live.

The following events will be Auslan interpreted:

From You, This Future
Wednesday 5 April, 7pm-8pm, The Festival Hub, 46 Northbourne Ave, Canberra

Contested Land
Saturday 8 April, 1pm-2pm, C-Block Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

Telling Myths, Telling Lies
Saturday 8 April, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre

The Sublimation Project
Sunday 9 April, 2pm-4pm, The Festival Hub, 46 Northbourne Ave, Canberra

Assistive listening

Audio loops or assistive listening systems amplify or enhance sound quality and eliminate background noise for people with a hearing impairment. The devices can connect with your hearing aid via a neck loop or switching hearing aid to ‘T’. An audio loop will be available at the Festival Hub, 46 Northbourne Ave, Canberra.

100% visual content

These events contain no music or dialogue.

75% visual content

These events have minimal dialogue, some background music and/or sounds.

50% visual content

These events include dialogue, background music and/ or sound.