Launched in 2019, the West Kowloon Young Fellows Scheme (Performing Arts) supports the development of original initiatives that promote audience building and community engagement.

In this online sharing session, 2019 awardee Dorothy Ngan So-yan talks about the practice and findings of her fellowship project “Research on Accessible Theatre in Hong Kong – Overcoming Visual Barriers”. Looking back at the project, Dorothy shares how she investigated the accessibility service provisions to audiences with visual impairments and seniors with special needs. She also shares feedback obtained through interviews with service users about their experience, and information on practical reference materials she has compiled to help local arts organisations enhance their access services, overcome visual barriers and promote audience building.

The sharing session will be conducted online. Registered participants will receive a streaming link for the session with their confirmation email.

Date:
19 September 2020 (Saturday)

Time:
11:00am–12:30pm

Language:
Cantonese

Speaker:
Dorothy Ngan So-yan

Fee:
Free admission. Advance registration required.

Enquiries:
Ms Ho (852) 2200 0385, learning@wkcda.hk

Accessibility Services:
Hong Kong sign language interpretation is available. The speaker will also describe the visual materials presented.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

Application Deadline:
18 September 2020 (Friday)

About the Speaker:
Dorothy Ngan So-yan

Dorothy Ngan So-yanPhoto: Jack Li 

Audio describer and arts administrator Dorothy Ngan So-yan received professional training in audio description in Hong Kong in 2008, under the guidance of a number of established audio describers. Since 2009, Dorothy has supported arts accessibility services for music, dance, theatre, xiqu, film and visual arts. She is the curator of the accessible tour programme for the Xiqu Centre and the coordinator of an in-gallery guide for M+. She has served as audio describer for the DVD production of the documentary films Snuggle and Light Up, and for live performances at the Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase, Le French May, City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong Ballet, Hong Kong Dance Company, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Chung Ying Theatre, Zuni Icosahedron, and Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. Dorothy obtained her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and studied Management Studies at The University of Hong Kong.

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