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Audio description of films, adaptation of museums, workshops and reading clubs

Audio description of films

With support from the authorities and the private sector, the association adds audio descriptions to five or six films per year.  Audio description involves the insertion of descriptive commentaries into the film’s original soundtrack. Our method of working leaves the original work intact, preserving its spontaneity. Our approach to description is the result of a dialogue between the actor, the sound engineer and the visually impaired viewer, who exchange ideas on how to make the images comprehensible for a blind orand visually impaired audience.

Backed by strong partnerships, the association offers film club showings and takes part in internationally renowned festivals such as Namur’s International Francophone Film Festival (FIFF), the International Love Film Festival (FIFA) in Mons, the Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent, and the International Children’s Film Festival (Filem’on) in Brussels.

Examples of films we have provided with audio descriptions include Pirates of the Caribbean, The Chorus, La Vie en Rose, Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis, Slumdog Millionaire, Of Gods and Men, The Intouchables, La Nouvelle Guerre des Boutons and A Pas de Loup.

Adaptation of museums and other tourist and leisure destinations

The Friends of the Blind and Visually Impaired supports the policies put in place by museums and other places of interest to promote the inclusion of new target audiences.

To this end, the association, and more specifically its assistance and support department, offers free training to guides and educational teams at museums and partner sites in visual impairment and working with visually impaired or blind visitors.    

These partnerships include the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Musées des Beaux Arts in Mons and Brussels, the Estate of the Château de Seneffe, and the Ianchevelici Museum

Literary workshops

Reading in the dark ... in Mons

The association regularly organises author-attended reading and discussion sessions in the dark. These workshops are open to both visually impaired and sighted people.

The Charleroi reading club

The Charleroi reading club for the visually impaired was created from a collaboration between Charleroi’s Centre for Secular Action (CAL) and the Friends of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Since 3 May 2012, it has brought together a mixed audience – composed of blind or partially sighted people, sighted people and all those who are passionate about reading and literature.

These cultural meetings held on the first Thursday of every month are convivial events offering people the chance to make new discoveries and a pleasant opportunity to exchange thoughts on a text read out loud by the workshop leader. This was borne out in the first sessions by the popularity of the readings from Patrick Roegiers’ book “La spectaculaire histoire des rois des Belges” (The Spectacular History of the Kings of the Belgians). “The debate amongst the audience was an extraordinary moment. The public was won over by the saga of all those kings” explained Michel Rosart, the partially sighted person responsible for the collaboration.

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