The Emerging Writers’ Festival is committed to making EWF21 an accessible and welcoming experience for all. Below is some information about how to access our events and happenings, ‘IRL’ (In Real Life) and digital.
We would love to hear about your thoughts, ideas and experiences in relation to the accessibility of the festival at [email protected].
Our digital events are accessible anywhere, anytime by anyone with an internet connection. Below is some information on how to access our digital events.
Ticketed performances, workshops, Masterclasses and the National Writers’ Conference will be hosted on Zoom. Zoom is compatible with screen readers, and also offers high contrast settings and Dark Mode for people with visual impairments.
For more information about Zoom’s accessibility features click here.
A number of events will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel. Access links will become available on event listing pages before the event.
YouTube is compatible with screen readers, offers Dark theme and has keyboard shortcuts.
Live Captioning and Transcripts
Live captioning will be booked for a number of key events during the festival. If you require live captioning for an event that is not listed, please make a note on the checkout page when you buy your ticket. Alternatively, contact us at [email protected] and we would be happy to organise an interpreter for the event/s you’d like to attend.
To view a full list of EWF21 live captioned events, click here!
‘IRL’ Events & Physical Spaces
All of our events are wheelchair accessible and equipped with accessible toilets.
Guide dogs and assistance animals are welcome at all of our events. Water bowls are available on request.
Companion Card holders receive a complimentary ticket to support people with a disability. Companion tickets must be booked at the same time as the purchased ticket.
Need a quiet space to go during an event? You’ll find designated relaxation areas at the following venues:
- •LOOP Project Space and Bar
- •The Wheeler Centre
- •Brunswick Mechanics Institute
- •Common Rooms
A hearing loop allows patrons who are wearing a hearing aid to tune in to the frequency of the venue. If you require hearing assistance, please contact us when you book your ticket.
Venues equipped with hearing loops include:
- •Readings State Library Victoria
- •The Wheeler Centre, in the Performance Space
- •State Library Victoria
- •Common Rooms
- •Dandenong Library
Auslan interpreters are booked for a number of key events during the festival. If you require an Auslan interpreter for an event that is not listed, please make a note on the checkout page when you buy your ticket. Alternatively, contact us at [email protected] and we would be happy to organise an interpreter for the event/s you’d like to attend.
To view a full list of EWF21 Auslan interpreted events, click here!