DaDaFest Newsletter #167 (18 January 2016)

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  1. Introduction from Ruth Gould MBE
  2. Young DaDaFest 2017 – Open Call
  3. Ruth Gould MBE to visit Palestine
  4. Blog: “My Time at DaDaFest” – Rebecca Andrews
  5. Disability and Deaf Arts News
  6. Feedback on Disability Arts Online’s New Website
  7. BSL Tour of Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery
  8. Laurence Clark – Independence
  9. SIGNtific Saturdays Events
  10. Arts Jobs and Opportunities
  11. Diversity and Inclusion Lead – BBC
  12. Taking Part Officer – Heart n Soul
  13. Freelance Heritage Hub Member – Accentuate History of Place
  14. Call-out for Young Disabled People – Drake Music
  15. Raising the Bar Masterclass – NDCS
  16. Residency Opportunity – ARC Stockton

Introduction from Ruth Gould MBE
Greetings! I hope your start to the New Year is a good one. Like most arts organisations in England, we are busy completing our Arts Council application for the next four years funding. Unlike most people, I really enjoying doing these as it helps to see what you have achieved and plan where you are going. One wonderful figure that has emerged from the Festival evaluations – is that over 350,000 people engaged in our work in just 16 days – and we still have some numbers to come in. Thank you for those who got involved and for the 480 who accessed the programme though our Livestreaming pilot. If you can, please do send us any feedback on your experiences.

We have identified some exciting projects right up to 2020; we are currently embedding the young people’s work into all aspects of delivery to create more opportunities, particularly with the Rookies programme. Currently, there is a call out for the Young DaDaFest events in July so, if you are a young person do apply or pass on the info to your friends.

I am off to Ramallah in Palestine on Sunday to work with The British Council for a seminar, workshop and exhibition entitled ‘Arts and Disability: Challenges and Successes’. I always love presenting about our work, but getting to meet people who deal with things from other social contexts and cultures is a joy, even when we share about the tough issues, we can find connections and support the other’s position. I will report on this more – so do look out for my blogs next week.

Ruth Gould MBE
Artistic Director

Young DaDaFest 2017 – Open Call

Showcasing the creativity of disabled and deaf young people from Merseyside.

 Would you like the opportunity to perform* in front of a large audience at a prestigious theatre and music venue? Are you aged between 12 to 30 and would describe yourself as a disabled, or deaf person, or do you live with a long-term medical condition?

We are looking for individuals or groups (group maximum of 15 people) to perform at this year’s Young DaDaFest events on Thursday 13 July (performance focused) or Friday 14 July (music focused).

Our aim is develop and nurture young disabled artists by giving them a platform to perform in front of a large audience. Young DaDaFest is planned and organised by the DaDaFest Young Leaders Group, and they, plus the DaDaFest Artistic team will choose the acts.

The Young DaDaFest 2017 theme is Outside the Box*; our Young Leaders are offering nine commissions on this theme**.

If you are interested in performing please contact Sam Wade for further details and an information pack, by email: or telephone: 0151 703 2258. You must contact us no later than 31January to express an interest in performing. For further information about Young DaDaFest please visit our website:

Outside the Box: People are put into categories which makes them feel judged and limited. How do we break outside the box?

** We have nine commissions (six for the performance event and three for the music event)

Ruth Gould MBE to visit Palestine
Our Artistic Director, Ruth Gould MBE, will be visiting Palestine next week for the opening of a new exhibition “Arts and Disability: Challenges and Successes” organised by the British Council. Produced in partnership with a number of Palestinian partner organisations, the two day programme consists of an exhibition of work that represents an accumulation of art by disabled and non-disabled Palestinians and a symposium where specialist speakers in disability arts will share their work, achievements and success stories.

Ruth will be showcasing the work of DaDaFest here in Liverpool and internationally and will explore how Palestinian disabled artists can connect with other international artists. Ruth will be producing blogs throughout the visit which will be available to read on our website.

Read more about the trip here:

Blog: “My Time at DaDaFest” – Rebecca Andrews
We recently bid farewell to our Digital Marketing Apprentice, Rebecca Andrews, who has been with us for the past 15 months. It was a pleasure to have Rebecca on the team and we’re so glad that she will be rejoining us soon in her new role as Personal Assistant to our Artistic Director. Rebecca has written a blog about her experiences over the course of her apprenticeship and we thought we’d share it with you here.

Read the blog on our site here:

Disability & Deaf Arts News

Feedback on Disability Arts Online’s New Website

Disability Arts Online are seeking feedback on their new website. The new iteration of the popular journal focusing on disability arts and access news also features reviews, interviews, blogs and more and was launched last year.

Complete the survey and you could be in with the chance of winning a £50 voucher! Visit: to fill in the survey or click here to visit the DAO website:

BSL Tour of Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery
Science Museum, London
Wednesday 25 January

Join John Wilson for a behind the scenes BSL tour of Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery. Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways. This tour will be in BSL with English voiceover from Ali Pottinger.

It’s free but please book, by email: For more information, visit:

Laurence Clark – Independence
The Citadel, St Helens
Friday 3 February 2017

Laurence Clark’s hilarious new show “Independence” is on its way to St Helen’s as part of his national tour. The show recently featured at the unity theatre as part of DaDaFest International 2016 in November. Laurence spins his tales of adolescence, love and Harry Potter, discovering he doesn’t have to be Superman and do everything.  But life sometimes throws up the unexpected when you depend on someone else to fasten your jeans for you!

Tickets are currently on sale for just £5/4! For more information and to book, visit:, email: or telephone: 01744 735 436.

SIGNtific Saturdays Events
Science Museum, London
Saturday 4 February (1:30pm & 3:30pm)

SIGNtific is a series of Deaf-led family events with voiceover interpreters. This month kids can explore the wondrous wintry world of Iceland in a fun, interactive storytelling session with erupting volcanoes and giant glaciers! They can also build their own SM:Art Machine. These little mechanical devices will scribble and wriggle across your paper to create a doodling masterpiece.

These events are free. For more information, visit:, email: or telephone: 0207 942 4769.

Arts Jobs and Opportunities

Diversity & Inclusion Lead – BBC

Location: London
Deadline: Wednesday 25 January 2017

This role is part of the BBC Diversity and Inclusion team and is aligned to BBC Studios, who are responsible for creating TV content for all BBC channels as well as Radio and Online content, with an objective of truly representing the diverse voices and creative talent across the country. The Diversity Lead is a unique role that allows you to work in both of these teams and make positive changes on screen.

The role is fixed term and full time. For more information and to apply, visit: or email:

Taking Part Officer (Maternity Cover) – Heart n Soul
Location: London
Deadline: Friday 27 January 2017

This is a temporary project role for a creative arts company that transforms the lives of learning disabled people. The Taking Part Officer will help to deliver their innovative participatory arts programmes; “All Sorts”, “Heart n Soul Choir” and “Heart N Soul SoundLab”.

This is a temporary role that will take place over a 6 or 12 month period from March onwards. For more information and to apply, visit:, email: or telephone: 020 8694 1632.

Freelance Heritage Hub Members – Accentuate History of Place
Location: London
Deadline: Monday 30 January 2017

Screen South are looking to recruit a panel of disabled and d/Deaf people with a specific interest within the heritage sector to form a “Heritage Hub”. History of Place is entering its second year of delivery as a nationally significant social history programme, charting Deaf and disabled peoples’ lives from the middle ages until the late 20th century. Heritage Hub members will be employed to act as an advisory group, inspiring thinking, informing accessible approaches and raising expectations.

The fee is £210 per day to attend 4 Hub meetings in 2017. Travel expenses will be covered. For more information and to apply, visit:, email: or telephone: 01303 259 777.

Call-out for Young Disabled People – Drake Music
Location: Hulme
Deadline: Sunday 5 February 2017

Drake Music are inviting disabled young people aged between 10 and 18 years old to apply to be part of “Saturday Soundtrackers”, a free 15-week long Saturday School at Z-Arts in Hulme. The project will focus pm creating new music using assistive music technology, such as iPads, adapted switches, DJ tools and theremins alongside traditional musical instruments and vocals.

Places are limited. The project will take place on Saturday mornings starting on 4 March. For more information and to apply, visit:, email: or telephone: 020 7739 5444.

Raising the Bar Masterclass – NDCS
Location: Birmingham
Deadline: Sunday 12 February 2017

NDCS have announced the launch of the third year of their Raising the Bar competition. This is a competition to search for talented young d/Deaf musicians, dancers, actors and signed singers between 8 and 18 years from anywhere in the UK and invite them to apply for a place at the masterclass taking place at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre from 22 to 23 April 2017. The masterclass will be led by current successful professional Deaf artists, including Music and the Deaf, Deafinetly Theatre and Deaf Men Dancing!

For more information and to apply, visit:, email: or telephone: 020 7490 8656.

Residency Opportunity – ARC Stockton
Location: Stockton-on-Tees
Deadline: Monday 20 February 2017

ARC Stockton, in association with Little Cog, are seeking an emerging disabled artist or disabled-led company to take up a residency opportunity in June/ July 2017, as part of its Cultural Shift programme. ARC is offering a residency package designed to support the successful applicant to develop new performance work, it includes: Up to £4000 for artist fees, travel and accommodation costs, a week’s worth of free rehearsal/ development space at ARC, the opportunity to perform a standalone sharing event or scratch night and advice and guidance throughout the process.

For more information and to apply, visit:, email: or telephone: 01642 525 199.

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