Introduction from Ruth Gould MBE
It is so good to be back in Liverpool after my trip to Israel/Palestine. I learnt so much but I’m excited to report that I have made many new friends and have a few collaborations on the boil for projects here and there, right through to 2020. I’m looking forward to seeing how we can develop and continue to share our work.
It is fair to say it has been a shocking week in terms of world politics; we have to hold firm our resolve for equality, respect and acceptance. I therefore wish you peace and freedom to encourage you to remain strong, hopeful and know that things can change for the better as we raise our voices in unity.
Ruth Gould MBE
DaDaFest Rookies Development Grants
Want to develop your artistic skills, ambitions and practise but you’re struggling to find time, space or resources? If so, then enquire now about our new Development Grants!
Our new grants of up to £1000 will allow emerging disabled artists aged between 14 and 30 to pay for access to training, workshops, equipment or one-to-one sessions with professional artists.
We are hosting an Open Meeting at the Bluecoat on Wednesday 22 February (2pm), where you will be able to express your interest and find out more.
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For more information, visit: www.dadafest.co.uk/rookies, email: email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0151 707 1733.
Under the Skin Interviews
Under the Skin is a series of interviews conducted during DaDaFest International 2016. The interviews aimed to delve deeper and explore key disability-related issues relating to the arts sector and beyond. We spoke to several artists and industry leaders who attended our second international Congress.
You can now read the first two of these interviews with John McGrath, Artistic Director of Manchester International Festival and Jenny Sealey MBE, Artistic Director and CEO of Graeae Theatre Company on our website. Stay tuned for further video interviews coming soon.
John McGrath Interview: www.dadafest.co.uk/?p=7478
Jenny Sealey MBE Interview: www.dadafest.co.uk/?p=7512
“The Merits of Accessible Livestreaming at DaDaFest International 2016”
As part of DaDaFest International 2016, a live streaming service was launched to enable people to watch events that they couldn’t attend personally. This was the first time that we had live streamed during the festival. Steph Niciu, our festival Livestreaming Intern wrote an article discussing the merits of the project and why streaming is an important aspect of arts events that needs to be pushed further.
Read the full article here: disabilityarts.online/magazine/opinion/the-merits-of-accessible-live-streaming-of-theatre-and-congress-at-dadafest-2016/
Blog: “3 Days in Ramallah, Palestine” – Ruth Gould MBE
Last week our Artistic Director, Ruth Gould, visited Ramallah in Palestine. Ruth was invited by the British Council to take part in the launch of a new disability arts exhibition “Arts and Disability: Challenges and Successes”. The exhibition and associated events aimed to promote the work of Palestinian disabled artists and support further work to develop in the country in the future. Ruth shared about our work here at DaDaFest and also helped to lead a fantastic workshop with Rachel Gadsden.
Read Ruth’s blog from the trip here: www.dadafest.co.uk/?p=7505
Young DaDaFest 2017
Thursday 13 & Friday 14 July 2017
Liverpool Everyman & Music Room at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Young DaDaFest is our annual celebration of the talents of young disabled and Deaf people. The event has been in existence since 2003, the most recent taking place in July 2016. We’re pleased to reveal that once again, we’ll be showcasing two events at both the Liverpool Everyman and the Music Room at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall alongside an expanded number of fringe events!
The Open Call for Performers has now closed. Thank you to all those who applied and good luck! We’ll be revealing more information about this year’s programme soon, so stay tuned to our website: www.dadafest.co.uk/youngdadafest/projects/young-dadafest-2017
Disability & Deaf Arts News
“I told my Mum I was going on an RE trip” National Tour
Venues Across the UK
Wednesday 1 February to Friday 10 March 2017
With 1 in 3 women in the UK having had an abortion “I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” explores what seems to be one of society’s last taboos. A multi-talented young female ensemble use verbatim voices live music, beats and rhyme to portray the stories of real women who’ve experienced pregnancy and abortion.
Drawing on over 50 interviews, “I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” is touring nationally.
20 Stories High are bringing the show to Manchester, Bath, London, Ormskirk, Belfast, Birmingham and Liverpool. For more information and to book, visit: www.20storieshigh.org.uk/shows, email: email@example.com or telephone: 0151 708 9728.
Deaf Visions: Perspectives, Buildings & People
The Wallace Collection, London
Saturday 11 February 2017 (4pm to 7pm)
Join Deaf lecturer John Wilson for a talk in British Sign language (with spoken English voice-over) as he explores portraits in the Wallace Collection. Following the talk, visitors can join a practical drawing workshop with Deaf artist, John Pearson, focusing on perspective. All materials are provided.
This event is free to attend but booking is essential. For more information and to book, visit: www.wallacecollection.org/collections/event/8292, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 0207 563 9577 or text: 07501 759 258.
University of Chester Diversity Festival
University of Chester
Monday 27 February to Friday 10 March 2017
Each year the Diversity Festival provides a focus through which the University actively promotes, challenges and develops an understanding of equality, diversity and multiculturalism.The theme of the 2017 Festival is “Connect and Thrive”. This year’s festival includes a session around “Positive Representations of Disabled People in Employment” with various workshops to attend.
For more information and to book, visit: www.chester.ac.uk/about/diversity-and-equality/diversity-festival, email: email@example.com or telephone: 01244 511 000.
SICK! Festival 2017
Venues Across Manchester & Brighton
Wednesday 8 March to Saturday 25 March 2017
SICK! Festival confronts the physical, mental and social challenges that we face in our individual and collective lives through an outstanding international arts programme, weaving in perspectives from academic research, clinical practitioners, public health professionals, charities and those with lived experience of the issues we address. The full programme includes a massive variety of events, including Claire Cunningham’s “Guide Gods” which also featured at DaDaFest International 2016.
To see the full programme and for more information, visit: www.sickfestival.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01273 699 733
Arts Jobs and Opportunities
Call Out for Young Disabled People – Drake Music
Deadline: Sunday 12 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: www.drakemusic.org/blog/abigail-ward/free-accessible-music-workshops-for-disabled-young-people-in-manchester, email: email@example.com or telephone: 020 7739 5444.
Call Out for Festival Volunteers – Attitude is Everything
Deadline: Monday 13 February 2017
Every year, Attitude is Everything recruits around 45 disabled and Deaf people to volunteer at a number of outdoor camping festivals to assist them and partner festivals in providing great customer service to Deaf and disabled festival-goers. The organisation is currently seeking over 18s to volunteer at Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading and Leeds festivals.
For more information and to apply, visit: www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk/mystery-shopping/festival-volunteering/, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 020 7383 7979.
Head of Marketing – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Deadline: Monday 20 February 2017
The Head of Marketing will lead the Marketing team to achieve the maximum impact and effectiveness in terms of earned income from ticket sales. The role includes a wide range of responsibilities, including developing and ensuring the delivery of Liverpool Philharmonic’s Operational Plans to achieve their overall vision, strategy and business plan.
The role is permanent and full time. For more information and to apply, visit: www.liverpoolphil.com/jobs-and-opportunities, email: email@example.com or telephone: 0151 709 3789.
Web Designer – Shape Arts (NDACA)
Location: London/ National
Deadline: Wednesday 1 March 2017
NDACA is The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive, a £1-million project facilitated by Shape Arts. They are commissioning a website designer to design and build the NDACA website, which will feature an online catalogue of artworks form the archive, a series of learning resources, a series of interviews with Disability Arts Movement Artists and activists, and social media feeds from Facebook and Twitter.
The position is freelance and can be completed from anywhere in the UK, with the exception of bi-monthly meetings in London. For more information and to apply, visit: www.shapearts.org.uk/news/ndaca-website-tender, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 020 7424 7332.
Commission Opportunity for Disabled Musicians & Technologists – Drake Music
Deadline: Sunday 19 March 2017
Drake Music has launched a new “innovation challenge”. They are inviting joint proposals outlining an idea for a brand new musical instrument, tool or innovative piece of music from creative teams made up of one disabled musician and one hacker/ maker/ coder or technologist. Drake Music are hosting two informal workshops for musicians and technologists to connect, share and collaborate together on the project.
Four proposals will be selected to receive a £700 commission. For more information and to apply, visit: www.drakemusic.org/blog/abigail-ward/dmlab-north-west-challenge, email: email@example.com or telephone: 020 7739 5444.
Call Out for Films – Oska Bright Film Festival
Deadline: Sunday 30 April 2017
Carousel’s Oska Bright Film Festival is open for submission of short or longer films, made by or featuring learning disabled people. Categories include; live action, animation, documentary, music video, digital art and dance-film. Be part of the biggest learning disability film festival in the world.
For more information and to apply, visit: www.carousel.org.uk/oska-bright-film-festival, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01273 234 734.