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Audio description: the best Christmas gift

30 November 2023

Would Christmas even be Christmas without Vision Australia’s Carol’s by Candlelight? This event is a concert and fundraiser held on Christmas Eve, December 24, at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. While thousands attend in person or tune into watch many people also turn their dial onto Vision Australia Radio and its simulcast and
audio description of the big show.

Audio description is also on offer to people attending at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and VA is also offering unique commentary including all the behind-the-scenes action.

Through an additional narration track, audio description succinctly paints an image of transitions, movements and gestures, neatly woven between on-stage dialogue. It allows people who are blind or have low vision to enjoy the event with their sighted peers.

Vision Australia Radio network manager, Conrad Browne said it’s the perfect alternative to the broadcast on TV, or to complement it.

“Our audio described Carols by Candlelight across our radio is our favourite broadcasts of the year as it makes this Aussie tradition one of the most inclusive events of the festive season. Regardless of whether you are attending the carols in Melbourne, or listening from your home, our audio description service allows everyone to get involved and enjoy the event.

“Together with our range of local AM, FM, DAB+ and online streaming services across Australia, the event is accessible to more Australians via the power of radio or the internet, than ever before, offering more choice and more access to those who need it”.

Those wanting to register their interest in using Vision Australia’s audio description service at this year’s event can visit or call:1300 84 74 66, or search for your local Vision Australia Radio station via our homepage and remember to tune in at 8 pm local time on Christmas eve.