Panel discussion “Inclusive Culture and the Culture of Inclusion. How to involve people with disabilities in the process of making a cultural institution inclusive?” within the INKuLtur Programme

We invite you to join us for our panel discussion on December, 16 at 11 a.m. CET where we will be talking about the collaboration between cultural institutions and people with disabilities in relation to UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006).

We believe that arts /cultural institutions on the one hand and people with disabilities on the other are good partners to work together on inclusion and cultural rights of people with disabilities. But at the same time we also see that very often institutions don’t know how to start this type of collaboration. As a result, persons with disabilities still face multiple barriers when taking part in cultural life.
Together with our experts and our audience we want to discuss the major country-specific and/or cross-country barriers to full implementation of inclusion in cultural institutions and to talk about how involvement of people with disabilities as experts on their own behalf can change this situation? Which cultural-political frameworks are necessary for this? And how does a good cooperation between cultural institutions and people with disabilities work?

These questions alongside some others will be the focus of our panel discussion, which will feature four experts:
Stefanie Wiens and Katrin Dinges, authors of the INKuLtur-Policy Paper and experts in the fields of art and inclusion from <PlatzDa!>, consultancy for inclusion and accessible cultural education (
Marianna Harutyunyan, an Associate Professor at Khachatur Abovyan Armenian State University in the Faculty of Special and Inclusive Education, specializes in Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Special Education. She is a doctoral candidate and teacher in the Faculty of Education at the University of Oulu in Finland.
Tamar Makharashvili, expert in the field of culture and inclusion, director of the International Institute of Universal Design Research and Education, president of Inclusive Tourism Center Parsa-ITCP Member.

The aim is to gain insights into different fields of inclusive cooperation with and participation of people with disabilities in cultural sector and to explore together what the challenges are and, above all, what steps need to be taken in the future so that disabled people can work in the culture sector and fully participate in art and culture.
Moderation will be provided by Irina Bukharkina, manager of the INKuLtur Programme.

The panel will take place online in zoom. It will be simultaneously translated into German and English.
Join us on December, 16 under the following link:

The programme “INKuLtur – For Inclusion and Participation in Сultural Life” is implemented by Dialogue for Understanding e.V. together with Eastern Partnership countries funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.