An Evening with @Alfieboe – 8 Jul – Villa Marina
We are delighted to announce one of the best-loved vocalists of his generation Alfie Boe will be returning to the VillaGaiety’s Royal Hall.
— VillaGaiety (@VillaGaiety) February 22, 2019
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Hello, everyone, it is Joanna from Poland again. I would like to update you on progress o the action against the event agency which discriminates wheelchair users.
First days of such actions are always frustrating and so it is this time too. I have exchanged loads of emails with the agency to get their clear statement regarding the disability terms and condition. First, the worker claimed that excluding wheelchair users from part of their services happens due to safety procedures (sic! and the wheelchair user is said to be the potential danger causing factor). No, I am not kidding. Am I supposed to kill a superstar because I poke him with a wheelchair?! I expressed shock to the lady with whom I was writing and things only got more irritating. She said that tbh the main reason they don’t allow us better places or meet&greets are the prices too high for income of an average local disabled person. Really? I would spend my last darn cent on seeing Divos no matter the consequences!
Discussions with the agency drove me up the wall so I started seeking help. Wrote emails to a bunch of most influential NGO’s as well as the government’s spokesperson for disability issues. Most of them were not interested at all or tried to help by directing me somewhere else. Finally, the Polish Society for Antidiscrimination Law gave me a helping hand and I got their lawyer to write a letter of intervention to the agency, for which I am still waiting.
I am also closely collaborating with the fan club of Sebastien Izambard. The ladies I met there took my case to the artist in person and the Il Divo manager got involved thanks to Seb as well. I hope that the artist’s intervention for fans will open the agency’s staff’s eyes and nothing more will be needed.
That’s all I can tell you for now. As soon as I am informed if the band or my lawyer succeeded or not, I will post an update here and launch plan B if needed.