Access

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is committed to making the Digital Writers’ Festival an accessible and welcoming experience for all. There is some information below about how to access our digital events as well as the live or ‘IRL’ (In Real Life) events.

If you have other access needs or questions about the information, please don’t hesitate to reach out at access@emergingwritersfestival.org.au or call (03) 9094 7876 to speak to Artistic Director Izzy Roberts-Orr.

Digital Events and Projects

The festival is accessible anywhere, anytime by anyone with an internet connection, and a fair portion of our program happens through live video streaming. More information about the platforms and digital spaces you can engage with the festival can be found here.

Captioning and Transcripts

Live streamed events will be captioned and archived on YouTube and on their respective event pages on the DWF website.

Transcripts for the podcast will be published alongside the episode audio on the DWF website.

The Decoding Digital Storytelling and Surrealist Writing workshops will be conducted through Google Hangouts, which has a closed caption feature and chat you can use as a participant.

Audio Description

The Ignite Digital Exhibition will feature audio descriptions of the works, published on the DWF website.

‘IRL’ Events and Physical Spaces

There are a couple of events occurring as part of the festival that are happening ‘IRL’ (In Real Life) in Melbourne. If you have specific access requests, please let us know when you book a ticket or via the email above.

The Wheeler Centre, for Ghosts of the Digital Age

The Wheeler Centre is wheelchair accessible and equipped with accessible toilets.

Parking
There are disability metered street-side parking spaces (x 2) available on the left-hand side of Little Lonsdale Street – accessible from the Swanston Street end – roughly 25 metres from the Wheeler Centre’s wheelchair access ramp.

Hearing Loop
The Wheeler Centre operates a hearing loop in the Performance Space, which 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.

Further information about access for the Wheeler Centre can be found here, on their website.

No Vacancy Gallery, for Sitting and Telescope Live Play

The No Vacancy Gallery and Café are wheelchair accessible.

Lifts are located on the Gallery’s floor in the QV center and provide access to the QV building. Accessible toilets are available on the first floor in the QV center.

Please contact us if you need more specific information.

Service Animals

Guide dogs and assistance animals are welcome at all of our events. Water bowls are available on request.

Companion Cards

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 and can be done during checkout.

Say Hello

We’re really excited about the possibilities presented by digital forms to encourage different ways of making and engaging with a festival for writers, and we love hearing ideas about how we can continue to improve this. We would love to hear about your thoughts, ideas and experiences in relation to the accessibility of the festival at access@emergingwritersfestival.org.au.