British Council initiated the inaugural access programme at the 2016 Singapore Writers Festival, introducing sign language interpretations for hearing impaired participants at selected events and by providing them with complimentary Festival passes to allow entry into the events. 

Following the success and positive responses to the 2016 access programme, in 2017, the Singapore Writers Festival and the British Council made every effort to ensure the events were more accessible. Deaf, visually impaired and disabled guests received a complimentary Festival Pass which allowed them entry to over 120 events at the festival.

The access programme at the 2017 Singapore Writers Festival is part of British Council’s inclusive arts campaign.

The British Council’s Inclusive Arts programme is about inspiring people to cultivate full and equal access to the arts via awareness, skills development and creating opportunities. It’s also about nurturing an appreciation of inclusivity as central to the vitality and dynamism of the arts.