Team up and create! That’s one of the principles which guides our work here at We Are Epic. Inclusive arts as a practice wouldn’t work without partnerships and collaborations, after all, the point of inclusive arts is to value the participation of people of all abilities, backgrounds and identities.
We think that’s a key way to make inspiring art and develop creative economies!
The act of partnering with other artists and organisations inspires more powerful ideas and helps projects to flourish. When you combine different ideas, backgrounds and diverse perspectives you open up another level of creativity.
Let’s explore why partnerships and collaborations matter in inclusive arts through one of We Are Epic’s main partners, Nalitari.
Inclusive Arts Partners: We Are Epic & Nalatri
Over the last few years, We Are Epic has worked alongside Nalitari. We’re proud to collaborate with Nalitari, an inclusive dance community group based in Yogjakarta, Indonesia.
New Ways of Partnering
We’d all enjoyed working together for a year in Jogjakarta and we were excited for our next steps together in 2020! We hatched a plan and secured funds for a creative collaboration between Nalitari and ID Dance Co. Nalitari were to travel to the UK to explore inclusive choreography possibilities with the dancers who are part of We Are Epic’s talent development project (ID Dance Co.) in Leicester, UK. Just as we wrapped up our final intensive training in Indonesia and began finalising travel details, the first cases of covid-19 started trickling through South East Asia. Our plans were scuppered, but like everyone around the world, we came up with new ways of working. We continued our partnership and ended up delivering the exchange online, it was our first fully online international exchange.