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Latitude Festival receives award for disabled access facilities

By | Published on Friday 16 May 2014


Latitude has been awarded Attitude Is Everything’s Silver Award for compliance with its Charter Of Best practice for providing access for deaf and disabled festival-goers.

Says Melvin Benn, MD of Latitude promoter Festival Republic: “I am very proud and delighted that Latitude has achieved the Silver level from Attitude Is Everything this year. Festival Republic takes access at all of our events very seriously and we are committed to improving the festival experience to all of our valued disabled and deaf customers. We hope to build on our achievements this season, with the team working in conjunction with Attitude Is Everything to make our 2014 events as accessible as possible”.

Attitude Is Everything CEO Suzanne Bull added: “Access provision goes beyond just building facilities for people with physical impairments; there is a wide range of provision for people who have sensory impairments and as a result, Festival Republic have been rewarded with a loyal customer base of deaf and hearing-impaired people. Latitude regularly programmes deaf and disabled artists which is important because it demonstrates the value of programming a diversity of artists to other commercial festivals”.

Amongst the provisions Latitude offers are British Sign Language interpretation services for performances at the event, as well as viewing platforms for wheelchair users.