Arts Access Australia
15 & 16 September, 2021
Delivering the gold standard in event accessibility is the primary objective, and we saw an opportunity, in delivering Meeting Place. Working in collaboration with AAA’s disability-led advisory committee, we were determined to deliver an exemplary, best practice event for people with a disability that focussed on meeting the specific needs of each presenter and attendee.
This meant providing a wide variety of access requirements including two-way Auslan interpretation, live captioning and audio description.
While initially planned as a three-day live event, the forum pivoted to a hybrid format one month out after NSW and Victoria went into snap lockdowns. As a result, the first two days were delivered entirely online with a third live day for networking at the conference space in Brisbane.
We considered live-streaming the online content from an event hub in Brisbane however due to COVID-19, our audience was understandably reluctant to travel to venues with an increased COVID-19 risk, so this plan was abandoned.
'We chose Pyrus Event Services based on the strength of the introduction and following an initial briefing call with Adam where we were very well assured by his demeanour and approach to the project,’ said Matthew Hall, Chief Executive Officer, Arts Access Australia.
‘We knew we needed his specific expertise and we were impressed that he already had some runs on the board. From the get go, Adam was a team member, rather than a service provider. He was incredibly responsive, hardworking and inventive in terms of responding to our access requirements.’