Disability Arts

Historically, Disability Arts have been associated to disability rights movements of late 1970s and early 1980s. It has eventually evolved into a form of art performed for mainstream audiences highlighting mixed issues of disability and non-disability.

Disability art, culture and media studies engages with the socially constructed stories that drama, theatre, dance, film, television, literature, art, media, and entertainment tell about what it means to be disabled. These stories include provocative, parodic, and unconventional representations of disability as a minority experience marginalized by the images, discourses, and institutions of mainstream culture. Disability arts, culture, and media also provide insights into new developments of arts and media in regards to what it means to be disabled and adapting, adopting, and imagining new production platforms, aesthetics, and audience engagement techniques to assist disabled people to speak back to the stereotyping they are continuously subjected to in public sphere.

About the Event

The High level consultation on the ‘Inclusive Arts: Exploring Disability Arts in Bangladesh’ aims to explore the challenges and opportunities of Disability Arts in Bangladesh.

This consultation, to be held from 11th to 12th December 2019, will bring together the relevant stakeholders from disability and arts sectors and create a contextual platform, that can be utilized to dispel the social stigma associated with disability, and build a bridge between arts, disability and society.

The consultation is part of British Council’s new initiative — Disability Arts — which is an arts-led multi-year project that will be aimed at building understanding and confidence amongst the disability and arts sectors in Bangladesh and brings them together to bridge the gap between the disability sectors and wider society.

The event will be hosted by the British Council Bangladesh in partnership with Dhaka Theatre and Institute of Informatics and Development (IID).


Day 01 (11th December, 2019)

  • 08:30am – 09:00am : Registration and Breakfast

  • 09:00am – 09:15am : Welcome Note| British Council, Dhaka Theatre and IID

  • 09:15am – 09:30am : Launching of ‘Disability Arts’ and ‘Shundaram’

  • 09:30am – 10:30am : Presentation on ‘Disability Arts’| British Council

  • 10:30am – 11:00am : Health Break

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm : Study findings “Status of Disability Arts in South Asia”| Graeae theatre company

  • 12:00pm – 01:00pm : Lunch

  • 01:00pm – 01:30pm : Demonstration of Disability Arts| ‘Fearless’ Drama

  • 01:30pm-02:00pm : Panel Discussion | Teams of ‘A Different Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Fearless’ and ‘Muktir Aloy Aloy’

  • 02:00pm – 02:45pm : Open discussion | Challenges and opportunities of Disability arts

  • 02:45pm – 03:15pm : Health Break

  • 03:15pm – 04:00pm : Brainstorming sessions

  • 04:00pm – 04:30pm : Wrap up and collection of all the information

Day 02 (12th December, 2019)

  • 08:30am – 09:00am : Registration and Breakfast

  • 09:00am – 09:30am : Summary from Workshop

  • 09:30am – 10:30pm : Policy Discussion on ‘Future of Disability Arts in Bangladesh’

  • 10:30pm – 11:00pm : Way forward and wrap up


Six Seasons Hotel

House 19, Road 96,
Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212