What happens during a concert ?

The Fa Si-La Difference initiative is basically a human endeavour. It is designed so as to inform, accompany, and calm the audience.

The Fa Si-La difference concerts are held on week-ends, on a regular basis, at concert halls open to all, and accessible to disabled persons.

A few adaptations are made : information provided to the disabled AS WELL AS the non-disabled public, a friendly welcome by trained volunteers.

This welcoming starts as soon as the public enters the concert hall. Preliminary information is provided to all spectators, in written and verbal form. Volunteers are present at the entrance door, near the cash desk, at the front and inside the concert hall. The spectators are welcomed and guided, and with a few welcoming words they feel welcomed in this place which is unfamiliar for most of them.

Once everyone is seated, an organizer (or voice-over in big concert halls) welcomes the audience and explains briefly the whereabouts of these particular shows. This announcement refers to some concrete situations which may happen during the concert and, while playing them down and making them collective, enables to relax the accompanying persons and the general atmosphere, and also enables to inform the non disabled spectators.

During the concert, volunteers are present at every critical spot of the hall. Visible because of their fluorescent jacket, equipped with pocket lamps, they can « surround » a somewhat nervous spectator, reassure the accompanying persons that « it’s all right », and repeat that if a spectator needs a break, they can go out for a few minutes and come back without harm.

At the exit : a few farewell words are exchanged to comment the show and say goodbye.

What actually happens ?

The friendly welcome, the feeling of being accepted, the information on what may actually happen during the concert and the volunteers’ position as mediators, contribute to a peaceful unfolding of most concerts.

The attention The attention does not focus on someone who stands up, applauses, shouts or laughs without apparent reason, the absence of pressure helps to timely restore calm.

The accompanying persons, parents, siblings, are relaxed and enjoy this moment of shared leisure.

The non-disabled people being made aware, their reactions due to misunderstanding disappear.

Most of all, there is a strong experience of pleasure to be present amidst others, to share the pleasure of a concert and to meet with other persons, whether alike or different.