The Lyric Theatre has received a coveted Arts and Disability Equality Plaque in recognition of the venue's work and commitment to offer access to everyone.
The Arts and Disability Equality Charter is a hallmark of good access and is operated by a partnership of the Arts and Disability Forum, Adapt NI and Open Arts with funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Ciaran McAuley, Lyric Chief Executive received the plaque alongside Customer Services Manager, Ciara McCann at the event at the Arts & Disability Forum in Belfast this week.
“We feel privileged to receive this plaque as it demonstrates our commitment to making the Lyric accessible to all,” said Mr McAuley. “Accessibility is not just about the infrastructure of a venue, it is about training staff to the highest standards so they can meet the needs of all customers including those with disabilities.”
Presenting the plaque to the Lyric, Bob Collins, Chair of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “Part of the signature of being human is self-expression. Everybody has a cultural life, everybody has an inner life, and everybody has the capacity to enjoy themselves and the arts.
“We all contribute to publicly funded arts and it is very important that everybody is able to use and enjoy them. The venues here today have made a commitment to long term engagement in addressing this issue of access and participation for all members of our community.”