Cultural events for persons with disabilities
Culture contributes to the development of society as a whole and to social cohesion, which is why it needs to be equally accessible to all members of societyIntegrating persons with disabilities into society, and encouraging and supporting them as creators of culture and users of cultural offerings, is an important focus area of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia.
Public calls are used to finance programmes of associations of citizens, as well as programmes of cultural institutions aimed at making artistic content more accessible to persons with disabilities, educating staff and organising artistic content adapted for persons with disabilities.
Public calls for financing programmes are available on the website of the Ministry of Culture and Media
Special support is also provided for investments in eliminating architectural barriers, and today, museums, galleries and theatres cannot get their projects approved without meeting accessibility standards.
In Croatia, 37 of a total of 145 museum institutes (or 191 including collections) are fully accessible, and 22 museums and art collections are partially accessible.
Institutions with adapted and/or specialised programmes for persons with disabilities:
Klovićevi dvori Gallery
Zagreb City Museum
Institutions and associations funded or co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and Media:
Croatian Library for the Blind
Theatrical company for the blind and partially sighted “New Life”
Association for the culture of the hearing-impaired “World of Silence”
Croatian Blind Union
Association of the Physically Disabled
Croatian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
DiTACTA educational toolAs part of the permanent exhibition of the Modern Gallery, Nataša Jovičić designed and established the Tactile Gallery, whose multisensory tool DiTACTA helps blind and the partially sighted visitors to experience visual culture.
It is based on a methodology that interprets a work of art using tactile diagrams to describe elements of form, as well as concepts that are, for the blind, the most difficult to comprehend: light, perspective and colour. Individual works of art are accompanied by an audio-guide.
The DiTACTA educational tool was created in cooperation with scientists, and the author continuously improves it by applying new knowledge and modifying the interpretations based on responses from the public and suggestions from the blind and the partially sighted.
You can find out more about this useful tool on the website of DiTACTA