Inclusion Festival is an accessible music and wellness event for all ages and abilities. Its debut in 2018 marked the nation’s first festival designed to accommodate disabled people. Since then, 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.
This year’s festival will return to an in-person format, taking place July 15-17, 2022 at Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton, PA, with virtual components offered to increase accessibility for those unable to attend the live event.
Presented by the non-profit Accessible Festivals, Inclusion Festival offers a unique, immersive and fully inclusive experience that aims to use music and recreation to normalize disability and strengthen unity among diverse populations. Offerings will include sensory-friendly live music, a wide variety of educational and recreational workshops, camping, collaborative art, relaxation areas, a community resource fair, and more, all presented in an environment designed to be accessible for all.
Music is a universal language that has the ability to connect people with vast backgrounds and experiences. With roots in the jam scene, Inclusion Festival strives to feature diverse and disabled regional artists showcasing a wide variety of genres and styles. This year’s lineup includes The Mantras, a rock band with global influences born in Greensboro, NC, Yam Yam, a vibrant blend of jazz, jam, funk, and soul from Harrisburg, PA, NYC-based award-winning blind recording artist and advocate Lachi, funky Philadelphia brass band Snacktime featuring disabled musician Ryan Gilfillian, and many more.
All donations received from the event will directly benefit the non-profit organization Accessible Festivals, dedicated to making communities stronger by ensuring music and recreation is accessible to all abilities. Accessible Festivals mission is to foster connection and understanding through the universal language of music, to provide a platform where people of all abilities and identities can connect and build relationships, and to inspire the creation of safe, inclusive, and equitable communities.
To purchase tickets, donate, or get involved, visit inclusionfestival.com.