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Interview Karen Anderson - Gathered Together

Interview Karen Anderson - Gathered Together


Gathered Together is an international inclusive dance festival that brings people together from across the world to share ideas, knowledge and to create new artistic partnerships in the world of inclusive dance.

Karen Anderson, the Creative Director founded Indepen-dance (an inclusive dance organisation) 20 years ago and realised that there was a need to bring all these amazing artists together in one place.

 “ It all started in 2009, we trialled a one day event at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland called, “Moving On”, then in 2014 we had our first Gathered Together event and since then it has grown in strength”.

 So what can people expect?

 People with delegate passes will get:

  1. Talks  (this includes Solar Bear’s Gerry Ramage on Thursday – 8th Sept) 
  2. Workshops
  3. Films
  4. Performances
  5. Networking opportunities


However, it is also important to Karen that everyone can take part.

“There are tickets open to the public for all the evening performances and all performances will be Sign Language Interpreted. We really want the D/deaf community to feel welcome and included”.

For Karen the important thing about inclusive dance is visibility and celebrating talent.

“ There was a time when people with disabilities were hidden away from society because they were different. However, I now think Scotland is one of the world leaders in arts disability access and performance. When everybody can witness the range of talented performers at events such as Gathered Together in a an open and inclusive way, it becomes normal, and the more we see each other as equals, the better the world will be for all of us”.

There is no shortage of amazing talent to see this year that includes celebrated international performers alongside new talent.

It sounds like a gathering not to be missed.


To find out more information and to get involved, visit HERE  



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