Accessibility means that all areas of daily life are equally accessible to all people without outside help, and is a topic that also plays an increasingly important role in the context of events and club culture. Nevertheless, people with disabilities are rarely to be found in clubs and bars or at concerts because self-determined going out is impossible for them in many places in Berlin. As a club, collective or organiser, there are many different things to consider when dealing with the issue of accessibility. This complexity and the lack of personal experience of being prevented from participating in social life by barriers can lead to uncertainty and excessive demands, and also to the fact that the topic is not tackled at all.

With this roundtable, we would like to promote a change of perspective that people with disabilities are not disabled, but are hindered by certain barriers and that we can all contribute to more participation in our work. Together with the invited experts, we will look at the topic of accessibility from the different perspectives of club guests with disabilities, club operators, initiatives that are committed to reducing barriers at events and the legal framework. We want to exchange ideas and learn together what we can all do for more participation and the reduction of barriers in clubs and at club cultural events.

Wednesday, March 22 from 6 – 9 pm
RSO, Schnellerstra├če 137, 12439 Berlin

The venue is barrier-free accessible

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All stakeholders in Berlin club culture are invited – club operators and employees, collectives, festivals, awareness and intidiscrimination initiatives, organisers, interested parties and more.


18:00 – 18:10: Welcome by the Awareness Akademie

18:10 – 18:30: Thinking all along. Accessible does not only mean wheelchair accessible – with Judyta Smykowski (input in German)

18:30 – 18:50: low-barrier (reality) vs. barrier-free (vision) in clubs – with Marcel Weber (input in English)

19:10 – 19:30: How my experiences as a club and festival guest with disabilities led me to develop my own event series – with Katouche (input in English)

19:30 – 19:45: The legal framework of self-determined going out for people with (attributed) disabilities – with Melissa Kolukisagil (input in German)

19:45 – 20:30: Group work: breaking down barriers in clubs and at events – how and where to start?

20:30 – 21:00: Presentation of results & conclusion

21:00: End