Phoenix, Leicester’s independent cinema, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to enable the purchase of headsets that will enable more people with sight and hearing loss to experience and enjoy cinema.

The headsets, which allow for audio description tracks and amplified sound, will significantly increase the number of audience members able to engage with Phoenix’s programme of mainstream and independent film.

Phoenix Education Manager Alexzandra Jackson says:

“Everybody deserves the whole story but for people with a sight or hearing loss, the cinema isn’t always the most accessible place.

“We have an infrared system in both Screen 1 and 2 which allows people with a sight or hearing loss to use a personal headset to hear the film audio described alongside the action in the film or to hear an amplified dialogue track.

“We want to increase the number of headsets we have so we can cater to more people including guide dog groups, social groups and special educational needs school groups.”

Phoenix’s campaign, hosted by Spacehive, will allow the cinema to buy 26 new infrared headsets costing £72 each and have their 16 existing headsets fixed or improved with new ear caps.

“Access is at the heart of everything we do at Phoenix. All of our planning and programming aims to be as inclusive, exciting and welcoming as possible. These additional headsets will allow more people with sight and hearing loss to come and enjoy cinema alongside their sighted and hearing friends and family.”

Phoenix have a funding goal of £2,116, and the campaign is open until 29 Jan 2018. Get involved here.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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