The project Europe Beyond Access

Europe’s largest Arts and Disability programme is Europe Beyond Access (EBA). This transnational project revolutionises Europe’s performing arts scene by supporting innovations from disabled artists in theatre & dance.

Their mission is to:

  • Champion disabled artists on the international stage
  • Build audiences for their work
  • Develop a network of leading mainstream institutions that are committed to commissioning and presenting work by disabled artists at the highest level

EDN recommends to browse through the Europe Beyond Access website for numerous and rich resources on inclusivity in contemporary dance.

The survey (Deadline: 30 October 2020)

Europe Beyond Access Survey

The British Council has commissioned On the Move, the international cultural mobility network, to lead a study into the level of knowledge and experience held by European cultural operators in relation to disabled artists and their works. The study will also look at the level of knowledge of ways to make performing arts programmes accessible to disabled artists and to disabled audiences.

Please fill in the survey here.

Lab at Holland Dance Festival (NL)

Making dance that celebrates difference

How can we create dance and performing arts scenes that are more diverse and that support the work of disabled dancers and artists?

At the EBA lab in Maastricht (NL) with Holland Dance Festival, a diverse group of disabled dancers and performers from across Europe came together to develop new choreographic ideas and techniques. You can find out more about it in the video below.

This lab was led by UK artists Adam Benjamin and Jeanefer Jean-Charles. Featured artists in the film include Giuseppe Comuniello (Italy, Oriente Occidente), Jo Bannon (UK, British Council), Maikel Walker (The Netherlands, HDF), Yesol Kim (Sweden, Skanes Dansteater).

Interested to know more? Visit

Slider picture: Fine Lines, Skånes Dansteater. Photo by Tilo Stengel

What’s Next in Restructuring the Dance Ecosystem

Dec 10th, 2020

online conference hosted by European Dancehouse Network

Acknowledging the challenges the European dance sector is facing, EDN’s online conference provides insights into adaptive measures across Europe, emerging practices and current needs, envisioning a renewed dance ecosystem after a period of crisis.


#DanceAndWellBeing Campaign

Nov 2020 - Feb 2021

Raising awareness of the role of dance in wellbeing

EDN campaign raising awareness of the role of dance in wellbeing with weekly online dance classes by EDN members associated artists.



Next meeting: 3 November

A new co-production dance platform in Chile

NAVE launches TACTO, the first digital co-production platform in the field of chilean contemporary dance, where national artists and platforms will be matched with international programmers.


Tanzmesse Online Platform

27 August 2020 | Online

Watch the recording online

Due to Covid-19 containment measures, the Tanzmesse did not take place physically in 2020. But a full online programme was realised, which you can now find on Youtube through this article!


Curating in Context

Resources from the International Summer School

Over the course of the summer, EDN member Lokomotiva (North Macedonia) conducted the first edition of its International Summer School. We highly recommend diving in the resources made available online by Lokomotiva to reflect on contemporary practices of performing arts in relation to activism, social movements and self-organization.


Tanz im August

21–30 August 2020 | Online

Resources from the Special Edition

Tanz im August Special Edition 2020 might be over as a 10-day festival, but most of the programme continues to be available on demand: conference, films, documentaries, talks and new digital works.


Europe beyond Access

Survey deadline: 30 October

Making dance that celebrates difference

The project Europe Beyond Access supports disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. At the lab hosted by Holland Dance Festival, the following question stood central: How can we create dance and performing arts scenes that are more diverse and that support the work of disabled dancers and artists?