Three artists have come together to create an audio-visual performance including music, poetry, and painting. The artists involved are Rachel Gadsden, a multi-awarding-winning visual and performance artist, Dave Steele, award-winning poet, and Baluji Shrivastav OBE, musician and instrumentalist.
The performance is in line with Roche and their campaign Change Makers which aims to raise awareness of the impact of vision loss on daily life. All three creators are living with some form of vision loss, and want to want to raise their profile, spotlight blind talent, break down the barriers blind individuals face, promote positive attitudes towards blind people, and give a voice to blind people.
Baluji Shrivastav OBE has composed, performed, and directed the music involved in the performance with his Inner Vision Orchestra, a collective of incredible blind world musicians. He formed the orchestra in 2012 to address the obstructions blind musicians experience in the UK and to find them more work. As well as being a campaigning tool to raise awareness, Baluji’s orchestra also trains its members to record, go on tour, and perform on stage, alongside encouraging venues and promoters to hire blind musicians.
Worldwide, a massive 2.2 billion people are living with some form of visual impairment, with retinal diseases affecting more people now than ever. Vision loss can cause devastating effects on the people who experience it and can make even the most routine of tasks seem out of reach from what they felt like before. But with the help of inspirational visually impaired creators like Baluji, vision loss and impairment doesn’t have to be scary or life-limiting.
With tales of bravery, courage, and triumph, you can watch the performance video here.
Check out Baluji down below!