International White Cane Day recognises the white cane that provides independence for over 575,000 Australians and more than 285 million blind and low vision citizens worldwide. White Stick Fest brings together more than 22 blind and low music artists, along with sighted contemporaries, in a global online broadcast.
“For White Cane Day 2020, we had a highly successful audio broadcast on Vision Australia Radio with 109,000 listeners. I knew we could make it bigger and better for a worldwide audience by creating an even more accessible experience in 2021,” said Duncan Steward, the cocreator of White Stick Fest and founder of event organiser Platinum Cre8ive.
In the past four weeks, White Stick Fest have confirmed individual artists and bands. The full line-up is now complete and is The X Ambassadors, Rachael Leahcar, Magic Giant, Diane Schuur & the Airmen of Note, The Wiggles, Tom Sullivan, Lara Nakhle, Caitlin Smith, Tate Sheridan, Christian Guardino, Kirsten Busby, Shayy Winn, Cobhams Asuqou, Connor Wink, Joan Belgrave, Rick Price, Georgia Crandon, Michael Leonardi, Mark Laurent, Bernarda, Eran James, Robert Cini, Mac Potts, Vernon Barnard, Luan Pommier, Danny Kean and Blind Joe.
White Stick Fest is proud to showcase talented blind, low-vision and sighted artists worldwide who have all given up their time to record their performance for free in support of International White Cane Day.
Duncan says, “It is a true privilege to be involved with such a great team to showcase amazing talent on a platform that spans the globe. It’s great to see our blind & low vision artists sharing their passion for music with the world. All this would not be possible without our event sponsor, Cocky Guides, media partner Vision Australia Radio and my team at Platinum Cre8ive, who have spent many hours behind the scenes to bring this concert together.”
The concert is viewable on Friday 15 October 2021 (International White Cane Day) from 12 pm (noon) onwards Melbourne, Australia time at www.WhiteStickFest.org