TEMPO: The Bridge band member Mark Dein playing the drums during a session at Sunroom Studios.
TEMPO: The Bridge band member Mark Dein playing the drums during a session at Sunroom Studios. Zeb Schulz

Artists bridging the disability gap

A GROUP of artists, with and without disabilities, is working to get to Poland and Ukraine later this year to collaborate with similar music groups.

Known as The Bridge, the band bridges cultures internationally, while bridging disabled and mainstream cultures locally.

In 2011, Zeb Schulz from real art works made a presentation to festival directors at a conference in Poland about the importance of working with people with disabilities.

"Since then, I've received invitations to take a band to Poland and Ukraine," Schulz said. "So now we're hoping to go.

"We've jammed, played art galleries, Lismore Show and Mastock, the annual rock festival in Lismore.

"We'll collaborate with other inclusive bands at Gdansk, Krakow, and Poznan and, in Warsaw, we'll perform at The Palace of the Arts and with any luck do workshops for kids with disabilities living in institutions.

"An exciting aspect is that we'll hopefully do an album with all of the bands on it."

With his favourite artist being Eminem, 20-year-old Jackson has been a client of R.E.D. Inc for two years, and is a member of both Bandwagon and The Bridge.

R.E.D. Inc administers a range of skills and arts- focused programs for young people with disabilities.

Described by Schulz as "a brilliant drummer", Mark Dein is also keen to go.

"It'll be great playing to people that we don't usually play to," Mark said, "I'm really excited."

If you want to catch The Bridge, they'll perform at this year's Mastock Festival on June 1.

Can you help?

The group needs to raise $35,000 between now and September, and is seeking sponsorship. More information at www.bridgemosku.wordpress.com 



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