The bridge to Europe
A GROUP of North Coast musicians "with and without disabilities" has been booked to play a series of gigs in Poland and the Ukraine.
Now they just need the community's support to get them there.
The Bridge is a band that got together through a volunteer arts organisation called Real Artworks Inc that supports people with disabilities.
Co-ordinator (and "least musically talented member of the group") Zeb Schulz is trying to make the dream of a rock'n'roll tour and cultural exchange become a reality.
The tour - called the MOST Project - is being supported by the TONE Foundation in Krakow, Poland and an arts organisation called Unsound.
It will allow The Bridge to work and record with other "inclusive bands" in Poland and include a tour of five cities.
It will also include a performance at the Palace of the Arts in L'viv in the Ukraine and run some workshops with kids with disabilities in a country where most people with disability still live in institutions.
"The thing about playing with these guys in The Bridge is that people with a disability have a lens that produces a very interesting view of the world about what is 'normal'," Zeb said.
The tour is set for September, but in order to get there they need to raise about $30,000 to get the six musicians and four support people over there.
A launch gig for fundraising efforts will be held on Friday, April 5, at the Lismore City Bowling Club from 6pm.
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