Music festivals are in abundance all around the world. There are so many music festivals and festivals in general for every genre of music and kinds of interest that people are drawn to. In fact, there are festivals that are of other areas apart from music but also include a music element to attract the attention of the crowds. People, in general, are drawn to the entertainment industry and music in general. Kids, families, LGBTQ communities and even folk communities have music festivals of every genre that is dedicated to the interest of the public. However, with all the fun that music festivals allow, there is little to no importance that is given to the differently-abled members of the community or a country. Over the last few years, there has been a couple of music festivals that have been organised to cater to the disabled person of society, but they are still not a big deal.
Birmingham on The Map for Its Inclusive Culture
The city of Birmingham has been gaining recognition for being inclusive to its citizens and visitors over the last few years in different areas. More recently the newest music festival is specifically catered to the disabled members of the Birmingham society and is a massive feather in the cap. On October 24th of 2019, Birmingham is introducing their Fast Forward music festival to the patrons of Birmingham. The Midlands Arts Centre is working in collaboration with Bristol Music Trust to bring the Fast Forward Festival as a means to support both disabled artists and patrons. The festival is not just about music for the entertainment of the public but also for the education of music. Bringing the music festival to the front has not been easy for the council, and a lot of arrangements have been in the works to make it a possibility.
What Does the Event Aim to Accomplish
The main aim of the festival is to ensure that all the leading organisations in the field of arts, music, music education and those who work in the industry are brought to the forefront. Disabled persons of society are encouraged to make music and to bring innovation to the world of music. The first-ever disabled ensemble will also perform at the festival to give it the publicity it needs. When coupled with an encouraging speech by Jess Thom, a differently enabled person from society with Tourette’s, this festival is hoping to kick off with a bang.
The whole event is said to bring a lot of other artists to the front like the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Drake Music too. The launch of this festival is an essential piece of history for Birmingham and to induce positive change in today’s world in the music industry. It is an excellent opportunity for contributors who have exceptional skills but who have been pushed to the back because of their ability, to come forward with their innovation in the music and arts industry. The organisers are also, encouraging people to come forward and take the plunge to get noticed for the first time and ensure that they are indeed recognised for their impressive abilities, irrespective of their difference.