On 3 December every year, people around the world come together to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).
The day is a chance for people to learn more about disability and what we can do to break down barriers and make our communities more inclusive for everyone.
This year’s theme is ‘Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world’.
IDPwD is a global awareness day celebrating the achievements and contributions of people with disabilities while creating opportunities for inclusion.
Every year, IDPwD is celebrated through events that bring together people with disabilities, their families and friends, caregivers, professionals and members of the public.
IDPwD events in Melbourne
Organisations and local councils across Melbourne are hosting a variety of events to recognise IDPwD this year. Some of these events include conferences, sporting events, performances, art exhibitions and more.
If you’d like to participate, here are a few events happening across our city:
When: 1 December, 2 PM to 3 December, 8 PM
Where: Abbotsford Convent
What: Memory-Go-Round 2022
Registration: via Trybooking.com.
If you’ve ever wanted to step into the world of someone else’s story, Memory-Go-Round (MGR) is your chance. This three-day event features art and installations by five disabled artists, telling lesser-shared stories of resilience and connection.
You’ll journey into a deep and introspective space of storytelling, from the interior of a car to the memory of being in church to a dressing room, then on to Oliver Twist and finally finishing with a sensory garden experience. MGR uses expressive imagination through stories told through light/shadow play, sound texture, taste and smell.
You can find more details on Taka Takiguchi’s website.
When: 2 December, 12 to 5 PM
Where: Hume Global Learning Centre
What: Be Seen @ International Day of People With Disability
Registration: via Facebook Event page
Maybe you want to go dancing, have fun with music, eat some food, and make friends? Or perhaps you want to watch a movie or learn something new?
Hume Global Learning Centre is having it all! These organisations are hosting a day full of fun activities:
- Distinctive Options
- InKrewsive HipHop
- InSynch Choir
- DO Honey
- The DO Food Project Cafe
- Toastie Truck from Uniting
- Cameron’s CoffeeHouse
- Reclink Australia
- Tate Kemp from All Abilities Public Speaking
- Country Care
- Connecting Staff
- Specialist Hoops All Abilities Basketball
When: 2 December, 6:30 PM to 11 PM
Where: Marvel Stadium
What: Law Enforcement Torch Run Gala Ball
Registration: via the Torch Run website
Dress up, dance the night away and be entertained by special performances at the Law Enforcement Torch Run Gala Ball. The event is in support of Special Olympics Victoria, raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics Athletes across Victoria.
The night will include a sumptuous dinner, music from a live band and dancing!
More details on the Torch Run website.
When: 3 December, 2 to 7 PM
Where: Bowery Theatre
What: Meet Me at the Disco
Registration: via Trybooking.com
This event is perfect for lovers of theatre performances and community discos. It’s a celebration open to Brimbank residents and anyone who wants to join in on the fun.
There are two sessions of the theatre performance, at 2 PM and 6 PM. The community disco is at 3 PM.
For more information, visit Creative Brimbank.
You can find more IDPwD events in Melbourne on the event calendar.
Our Mambourin Community Hubs participate in local events to celebrate IDPwD each year. Talk to your local hub team to find out more about what’s happening in your area.
We will also update this page as other events are announced – stay tuned!