Breaking down obstacles | Otago Every day Occasions On-line Information

South Dunedin neighborhood corridor will host 4 nice bands and lots of of music lovers on the free Nice Sunday Shindig, writes Fraser Thompson.

In its second 12 months, the thought behind tomorrow’s occasion is to create an accessible and inclusive setting for everybody to take pleasure in a few of the nice native music Dunedin has to supply. It is also an excellent alternative to hang around and have a superb time on a Sunday.

Placing all of it collectively are musicians and help staff Benton Glassey and Steve Marshall, who recognised that a good portion of the neighborhood was being excluded from experiencing dwell music and determined to do one thing about it.

“We form of simply talked in regards to the concept of, you recognize, why we do not actually see the folks we help at gigs and the way we might do one thing to vary that.

“Individuals who cannot at all times get out and have a superb time at gigs, they need to have the ability to … They need to have the ability to have simply pretty much as good a time as anybody else and their incapacity should not actually cease them from doing that.”

It turned out making a gig extra inclusive wasn’t actually all that onerous, it was only a matter of placing a little bit of thought into it.

“So it should be on the South Dunedin neighborhood corridor, in order that venue is absolutely accessible, it is wheelchair accessible.

“It is on a Sunday from 2pm-6pm, in order that’s one other factor. Having it at a very accessible time helps folks, in the event that they want help it is a simple time for them to get help or, you recognize, buses and whatnot.

“And it is free. Price might be one other factor, not only for folks with disabilities however folks basically, so simply making it free is simply one other manner of creating it extra accessible.”

Final 12 months’s occasion was an enormous success, enabling folks to get collectively and listen to nice native music they won’t have heard earlier than, and attracting a much more numerous crowd than you’d get at your common bar gig.

“It went rather well final 12 months. A few hundred folks confirmed up and over the course of the day form of boogied away and simply had a very nice time.

“It is not keyed particularly in the direction of younger households however we had a turnout of individuals with youngsters.

“Usually folks must get babysitters or whatnot, so having it in the midst of the day you possibly can simply form of rock up and it is free, and household pleasant, no alcohol as effectively, which simply makes it simpler for everybody.

“And music’s a little bit of a social lubricant, so it is like when folks began dancing everybody simply began having a very nice time and that is form of what we’re placing the occasion on for. It is an actual frequent factor, enjoyment of music and dancing; that is an actual common language actually.”

There is a stable line-up of native bands at this 12 months’s occasion, from bluegrass to rock and roll to acoustic David Bowie covers.

“It is one thing that if folks do not actually have the expertise, they do not actually know learn how to act round folks with disabilities, so we’re simply actually breaking down these obstacles.”

The gig

The Nice Sunday Shindig, tomorrow, 2pm-6pm, South Dunedin neighborhood corridor, free.

That includes Jo Little & Jared Smith band, Bulletproof Convertible, The Cosmic Jive Quartet and Valley Bluegrass.