Adelaide Fringe

World’s first wheelchair dance floor, CONFESSION, coming to Port Adelaide this Fringe

The world’s first wheelchair dance floor is opening tonight in Port Adelaide, with inclusivity and accessibility as the main focal point.

Photos supplied by CONFESSION

The founder of co-able and Push Mobility, charity chairperson and wheelchair user Shane Hryhorec is trying his hand at a new venture: opening an accessible pop-up bar for Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Making its Fringe debut tonight, the world’s first wheelchair dance floor, CONFESSION, is opening at the new co-able building in Port Adelaide.

The neon dance floor is a space designed for wheelchair users to dance the night away. Now, people with and without disabilities can get down and dirty on the d-floor, without breaking any COIVD-19 rules. CONFESSION will also be providing wheelchairs for those heading to the Port Adelaide site, with the DJ stage is also accessible for people with disabilities.

Inclusivity and Accessibility is the main focal point of CONFESSION. This event is like no other.

You can expect the Holy Trinity of live musical talent, DJs, and the finest local beverages from the likes of Chalk Hill Wines, Pirate Life Brewing, Champagne Taittinger, and Champagne Bollinger. Built on the site of a former church, get ready to repent your sins with your dance moves.

The front bar boasts an industrial gothic aesthetic, with antique furniture and private confessional booths – perfect for creating an intimate setting for live music and Fringe entertainment.

All individuals can enjoy the luxurious sensory experience of wine tastings thoughtfully paired with different live musical performances.

A Pirate Life Brewing pop-up bar will also be at this fantastic Fringe location, so you can enjoy the beloved Port Adelaide froths while unwinding from the week.

Taking the stage will be Mother Superior, host, and comedy-cabaret superstar Tash York, and DJ DECS is set to get the dance floor vibrating.

Diana Divine will also be bringing back their routine from the award-winning Disability Cabaret “Singin’ in the Pain”, a love song dedicated to their wheelchair.

“A lot of venues have great accessibility for audiences, but they fail to consider the accessibility for the performers,” says Divine. “When venues are accessible, there’s an overwhelming feeling of validation, relief, and excitement that I can actually take part in this community that I love so much!”

Hryhorec took on this project as he loves a new challenge. His mission in life, and in business, is to educate society about inclusivity and improve accessibility.

“CONFESSION aims to resurrect Port Adelaide’s live music scene after a tough period, and make sure everybody can join the fun,” says Hryhorec. “It captures everything that is wonderful about Fringe in the one setting.”

Proof of double vaccination will be required for entry unless medically exempt, as per the Fringe Festival guidelines.

When: Thursdays – Sundays during the Fringe (6pm – 2am)

Where: 60 Marryatt Street, Port Adelaide

Book tickets here.

For four nights only, multi-award-winning singer and cabaret performer, Tash York, will also be hosting an indulgent Chalk Hill Sensory experience at CONFESSION. Book here.

For what’s on each night and service times, follow CONFESSION on Instagram.

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