Hello, Divos and Divas from all around the world! I am Joanna from Poland and thanks to Kate’s kind invitation I will address a certain issue affecting Polish Il Divo fans in wheelchairs.
I am a devoted music fan for many years to date. My music interests vary from hardcore stuff like heavy metal to soft tones presented by our four beloved Divos. I must say that having been to some different shows in my lifetime I have gone through loads of really disappointing situations of discrimination directed towards me as a wheelchair-bound person. I am here to highlight the problem and make us all unite to stand up against such things.
My stories started a few years back when I first attended a Scorpions show in Łódź, Poland. It was organized by the local leading event agency called Prestige MJM same as two other shows I attended much later.
The agency mentioned above is the rudest, unjust and discriminating company across the country. In the name of “safety” and my two carers having first row tickets have been placed in the zone behind all the audience where you see nothing but butts of the other spectators. And moreover, our tickets included meet&greet pass where I was not let in, also for the sake of “safety”.
I am utterly against such treatment so I took matters in my own hands. Having browsed through loads of documents and resolutions, I found out that the company is breaking the UNO charts point regarding equality and accessibility. Being sure it is all against the law, I started a Facebook group called Concert-goers against discrimination/Fani koncertów przeciw dyskryminacji.
If you care about the situation of your Polish gig mates on wheels, please join me in sending complaints to the agency via the mentioned group and add as many people as possible to make things right before the show of our beloved boys. Wheelchair-users deserve respect and have rights to get pics or autographs.