Making music accessible to all

By True Colors Festival Team

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November 15, 2022

Everyone’s invited to the party! Check out how TCF is making THE CONCERT 2022 as accessible as we can so that music and dance are as they should be – open to all.

To be able to listen to music may be second nature to many, but not to all.

For people with visual or hearing impairments, access to music may not be so straightforward. This is compounded by society’s existing systems, which favor the sighted and the hearing.

And yet, when there is a will there will be a way. From the accessible website to the various user-friendly ways to buy tickets to the step-by-step guide to navigating one’s way to the concert venue, we were determined to have as many people join in the experience as possible.  

To make our goal a reality, here are more accessibility features that THE CONCERT 2022 will offer.

1. Sign Language Interpretation x 2

One is the team from Theatre Accessibility network (TA-net), a non-profit organization in Japan, who will interpret the concert in Japanese Sign Language, especially for the Japanese audiences. 

The other is the International Sign team of Danny Gong and Amber Galloway Gallego – Amber, with her signature style in which she captures words, music and emotion will be captivating to watch!

2. Accessible seating
Image showing the interior of the Tokyo Garden Theater

THE CONCERT 2022 at Tokyo Garden Theater will offer accessible options including hearing loop seats, seats that offer a clear view of subtitles and signers, seats closer to the exits/further away (as possible) from the speakers, seats for wheelchair users with caregivers and/or assistance dogs. 

Pic credits to: Pro AVL Asia

3. Audio hearing aids, guides and multilingual subtitlesImage showing an example of a tablet with Eng subtitles

Note: This image was taken from a past TCF production and is used for illustration purposes

On-screen subtitling in Japanese and English will be available throughout the concert. In addition, tablets with subtitles in approximately 10 languages will also be available for rent. Patrons would be able to rent audio hearing aids and audio guides in Japanese and English as well.

4. Accessible amenities
Image with a sign bearing the words, "Quiet Zone"

i. Accessible toilets – The venue will have accessible restrooms on every floor.

ii. Calming Room – Here’s the place to relax and wind down for a while, if THE CONCERT 2022 lights and sound feel too intense.

iii. Accessible Viewing Support Service Counter – There will be an Accessible Viewing Support Service Counter at the concert venue for patrons with accessibility-related queries or needs. Support staff will also be on standby throughout the venue to provide assistance if needed.

iv. Complimentary tickets for caregivers – Caregivers providing mobility support may attend THE CONCERT 2022 without additional charge as part of TCF’s commitment to enhancing the accessibility landscape of public festivals.

Can’t catch THE CONCERT 2022 in person? Fret not. Livestream the concert – subscribe to our YouTube and hit the notification bell to be notified when we go live!

THE CONCERT 2022 livestream details:

Catch us on our YouTube channel

Concert Day 1

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm Japan Standard Time

Concert Day 2

Date: Sunday, November 20, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm Japan Standard Time

Approximately 2.5 hours

For more information, visit our program page.

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True Colors Festival

TCF is a long-running international festival of performing arts. We celebrate diversity and inclusion, and embrace the fact that we are One World, One Family. We choose the arts as our platform, for its power to move, inspire and heal.

As a festival, TCF brings people together to generate exchanges, innovation and creativity; and transform the way we relate to each other.

Presented by The Nippon Foundation, TCF brings diverse artists and audiences together through concerts, documentaries, music videos, film screenings, children's programs, musicals, workshops and other activities. Since 2006, festivals have been organized in Southeast Asia and Japan, with more than 1,200 artists from more than 30 countries connecting with a global audience in more than 80 countries.

TCF invites you to journey with us, to enjoy, experience, share and spread our consciousness of being One World, One Family.

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