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D.A.F.T 2022 is presented by, and showcases Wellington based, Disabled performing artists, writers and filmmakers. The Festival is being held over seven days across three accessible venues, BATS Theatre, Fringe Bar & Two/FiftySeven Willis Street.

Our intention is to develop and grow the Festival as an annual event with 2022 being the first time the Festival has been held. The Festival aims to celebrate and recognise the identity and work of Disabled artists and audiences in the performing arts in Wellington. D.A.F.T will provide a platform for disabled artists to develop and showcase their work and offer accessible events to Deaf and Disabled audiences and the wider community.

Festival Directors for 2022 are Kate Spencer and Susan Williams, each Disabled performing artists, producers and makers.


Arts Access Aotearoa, Disability Pride Aotearoa, Barbarian Productions & Silver Noodle Soup Film & Theatre Company are key supporters of the D.A.F.T 2022.

If you would like to be a present your work as part of D.A.F.T or participate in the directorship and production of the festival please contact us.  

DAFT Koha box is available for any donations on workshop days, please only donate if you want and are able to. No pressure!

Please sign up in advance if you are keen to attend a workshop because spaces are limited.  

If you have any access needs or questions please email Bernadette

You are welcome to bring a support person, assistance dog, or anyone or anything else that will help you be comfortable and able to participate. 


We will have friendly, super helpful volunteers who will be keen to answer any questions and help you have a good experience at BATS Theatre & the workshop


Accessibility info:

The workshops will be held in The Stage Theatre on the ground floor at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Mt Vic.

The BATS Theatre venue and facilities are fully accessible

-         ramp access to the building is on the left hand side of the building, go to the doorway at the top of the ramp and we be there to welcome you

-         there is an accessible toilet and bathroom

Workshop presenters and volunteers can offer Audio Description within the workshop

We apologise that we are unable to offer NZSL for the workshops this year

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