Streaming on August 21-23, 2020

Inclusion Festival began as the nation’s first and only sensory-friendly music and wellness festival, designed to accommodate and include people of all abilities. Believing the concepts of inclusion are fundamental to all experiences and communities, the festival has grown to spread inclusion as a state of mind through year-round events, experiences, consultation and training, as well as an online magazine.

In response to Covid-19, Inclusion Festival 2020 will take place entirely online, streaming on Friday August 21st through Sunday August 23rd. The event will feature people of all abilities in addition to world renowned musicians in the jam scene. In the spirit of inclusion, Matt Butler will conduct Everyone Orchestra with participants Al Schnier (moe.), Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), James Casey and Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Bridget Law, Kai Eckhardt (Garaj Mahal) and Weedie Braimah. A very special performance from Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass) will include collaborators Holly Bowling, Lindsay Lou, and Jay Cobb Anderson (Fruition). New sets will be aired from Hayley Jane, Zach Gill (ALO), TIKYRA (Southern Avenue), Peck and Penn (Midnight North), Karina Rykman, Tash Neal (London Souls), and many more. 

This three-day event will showcase best practices in online accessibility including continuous closed captioning, American Sign Language Interpretation, and accessibility tools embedded on the streaming site. Inclusion Festival ONLINE will also offer a wide variety of workshops, diverse conversations including an interview with award-winning author and autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin, and live nightly dance parties. Viewers can log into Zoom rooms to participate and connect from home. The event will also be streaming on CashOrTrade Streams.

All donations received from the livestream event will directly benefit the non-profit organization Accessible Festivals, dedicated to ensuring that music and recreation are accessible to all people, in addition to supporting the participating musicians and presenters.