DARE (Disability Arts: Redefining Empowerment) is a project aimed at building understanding and confidence amongst the disability and the arts sector in Bangladesh. It is aimed to dispel the social stigma associated with disability, and build an accessible bridge between arts, disability and society. The project is focused to develop the capacity of artists and persons with disability through a series of training and capacity development programs in partnership with Dhaka Theatre, artists and arts organisations from Bangladesh and UK.
DARE was launched in the end of 2019 in partnership with Dhaka Theatre. The launching event on December, titled Inclusive Arts: Exploring Disability Arts in Bangladesh, featured effective dialogue in the discourse, and representatives from different sectors with over a hundred people from government and non-government organisations, corporate entities, and key figures from arts and disability sector.
Currently we are working on eight divisional cities in Bangladesh where both artists with disabilities and artists from local theatre organisations are participating together in order to get a better idea about how to work on disability theatre to create a sustainable platform on disability arts. We are aiming to bring the arts and the disability communities together to build their confidence, develop their creative skills and connect with the wider society positively.