Mama Alto takes home Fringe Access award
Benny Dimas – aka diva, jazz singer and cabaret artiste Mama Alto – has been awarded the Outstanding Access Award at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival for Extravaganza.
Presented by Arts Access Victoria, nominees for Outstanding Access were judged against not only the accessibility of their performance, but also on how inclusive the production was behind the scenes.
Extravaganza took the award out for the cast and crew's firm and ongoing commitment to facilitating pathways for diverse communities to create and engage with the arts.
The 2016 Outstanding Access Nominees were:
Ilana Gelbart \ Black is the Colour \ Performance
David Maney \ Love Onion \ Comedy
Anna Seymour \ Distraction Society \ Dance
Andrew Follows \ Soul Mates \ Visual Art
Natasha Jynel Devonish-Jordan \ Threadbare \ Performance
Benny Dimas \ Mama Alto: Extravaganza \ Cabaret
Luke Rogers \ Wick Studios \ Venue
Rowland Thompson \ Hares and Hyenas \ Venue
Header image: via Mama Alto Facebook. Photography: Alexis Desaulniers-Lea Photography