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Accentuate is an incubator for ideas and producer and commissioner of projects which challenge perceptions of disability within society.

Accentuate also provides practical training and guidance, ignites debate and leads cultural discussion.

Accentuate, is a programme which operates as part of Screen South, a cultural development agency based in Folkestone. Accentuate has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from London 2012 by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

Deaf and disabled people have always been at the heart of Accentuate, whether they have led projects or been commissioned to make groundbreaking work.

Accentuate was originally the 2012 Legacy Programme for the South East inspired by the Paralympic Movement. Accentuate, a transformational programme of 15 major projects, was launched on 3rd December 2009 with an ambition of creating a cultural shift in attitudes towards disability in 1000 days. This ambition continues today with further transition funding from Legacy Trust UK.

Based on the knowledge we have gained over the last three years, Accentuate is developing a set of opportunities through Accentuate Heritage, Accentuate Young Voices and Accentuate Critical Debate, to up-scale our vision and share this experience on a national and international scale.

Screen South

Accentuate, as part of Screen South, will become a national leader for thinking around disability within the cultural sector with the potential to influence, grow, build and broker international partnerships.

Screen South is a Cultural Development Agency based in the south east operating nationally and internationally, enabling creative projects and enterprises to flourish. Screen South has 4 strands to their work; training, development, programme management and commissions, which builds upon their history as a regional screen agency and strategic government national cultural partner.

Screen South is managing the next phase of Accentuate. This phase of work has been core funded by Legacy Trust UK and will lay the groundwork to maximise the activities Accentuate has inspired over the last 4 years along with the momentum of supporting cultural and creative programmes.

Screen South is passionate about developing a dynamic environment in which film and media culture can flourish. Screen South aims to;

• Collaborate with existing organisations to develop hubs of activity and expertise.
• Encourage networking and collaboration between media and cultural practitioners.
• Work with the industry to set standards for excellence, creativity and innovation.
• Act as an advocate for the region’s film and media industry nationally and internationally.

Screen South is a partner in the North Sea Screen Partnership, a European exchange with countries in the North Sea area including areas in Norway and Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Scotland. Award Winning uScreen is also supported by the NSSP programme.

Accentuate is funded by Legacy Trust UK

Accentuate has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from London 2012 by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity set up to create a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in communities across the UK.

The Trust was a Principal Funder of the Cultural Olympiad and its finale, the London 2012 Festival. The Trust is now supporting seven key projects around the UK to expand on the ground-breaking work they delivered from 2008-12. Many other projects funded by Legacy Trust UK are continuing through support from new partners. For more information on all the Trust’s projects, please visit 

Accentuate believes disabled people must be at the heart of everything we do.

The Our View Core Group were an essential steering committee for the programme. Our View members were reflective of the cross sector nature of Accentuate, coming from a variety of disciplines. The Our View blog on the Accentuate website has been an invaluable resource in reflecting these diverse perspectives and has created a space to enable the development of ideas and understanding, resulting in two publications. This group of Deaf and disabled people will now further develop their role as part of the
Accentuate Ideas Hub.

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Please note that Accentuate is a managed programme and NOT a grant scheme.