DaDaFest Newsletter #169 (15 February 2017)

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  1. Introduction from Ruth Gould MBE
  2. DaDaFest Artistic Receives MBE
  3. Call Out for Artists – DaDaFest
  4. Blog: Palestine & The Joys of Flying by Ruth Gould MBE
  5. DaDaFest Rookies Development Grants
  6. Young DaDaFest 2017
  7. Disability and Deaf Arts News
  8. SICK! Festival 2017
  9. Deaf & Disabled Actors Exchange
  10. Elevate Masterclasses
  11. Good Dog by Tiata Fahodzi
  12. Arts Jobs and Opportunities
  13. Call Out for Actors – Deaf Drama
  14. Call Out for Applications – Sky Arts
  15. shortFLIX Film Training Scheme – Creative England
  16. Emerging Filmmakers Development Course – Modern Tales
  17. Call Out for Applications – Metal Culture Development LAB
  18. Company Manager – Wired Aerial Theatre
  19. Commission Opportunity for Disabled Musicians and Technologists – Drake Music
  20. Call Out for Book Contributors – Drag: Kings & Queens of Performance
  21. Memories of Disability Arts Research – NDACA

Introduction from Ruth Gould MBE

Welcome to our fourth newsletter of the year!

Personally, this year has been incredibly eventful already, with my visit to Palestine, then being awarded an MBE at the Palace, which was topped off with an unexpected bump into the one and only Whoopi Goldberg! Thank you for all the kind words and congratulations.

There are changes in the office and this is the last newsletter compiled by Jack, our Marketing Officer. He is leaving at the end of next week and we are sad to lose him. We thank him for all his hard work, and wish him well in his next venture. He has pulled together a jam packed edition with some exciting opportunities. Do digest it and remember to pass on to others who you think may benefit as it is always important to look out for each other. Until next time, take care.


Ruth Gould MBE

Artistic Director

DaDaFest Artistic Director Receives MBE

We are excited to announce that our Artistic Director, Ruth Gould, received an MBE on Friday 10 February 2017. Ruth was included in the Queen’s official birthday honours list last year, which was released on 11 June 2016.

Ruth was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her prominent career working within disability and Deaf arts. Her work has taken her across the world to promote a vision of improving global recognition and challenging inequality through the arts by providing a platform for performers, artists, writers and many more through DaDaFest.

Read the full story here:

Call Out for Disability & Deaf Artists – DaDaFest

We would like to increase our contact base of disability and Deaf artists and also artists who wish to work within the disability and Deaf arts sector. We strongly believe in the ‘lived experience‘ of disability as a strong foundation upon which to create work, and we also adhere to the fact that disability is a human issue that will one day affect us all – so we welcome anyone interested in exploring this.

We welcome all artists from across all art forms. If you’d like to submit your details, please contact Ruth Gould via, or Rebecca Andrews [PA] via 0151 707 1733 with details of your arts background, interests and experiences; a CV will suffice. We will keep your details on record confidentially. If you have any questions about this, please get in touch.

Blog: Palestine & The Joys of Flying by Ruth Gould MBE

Earlier this month, Ruth Gould visited Palestine for the opening of a new disability art exhibition organised by the British Council. In her latest blog, Ruth further discusses her trip.

“I am adding my dreams to those of the Palestinian and Israeli people who hope that one day this conflict will end – it is a hope that sustains them and I hope that the world will help both nations to end the standoff to bring lasting peace.”

Read the full blog here:

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.

Click/ Tap the flyer to view it in full size or download it to your share with your friends!

For more information, visit:, email: or telephone: 0151 707 1733.

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:

Disability & Deaf Arts News

SICK! Festival 2017

Venues Across Manchester & Salford

Wednesday 8 March to Saturday 25 March 2017

The award-winning SICK! Festival returns with a thought provoking programme of UK premieres featuring ground breaking theatre, dance, film and public art from around the world. “Living with a disability” is a key theme of the festival, including events such as:

If These Spasms Could Speak by Robert Softley

Home, Manchester — BSL Interpretation on 22 March

Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 March (9pm)

ft. Post Show Discussion with DaDaFest’s Ruth Gould

Guide Gods by Claire Cunningham

The Lowry, Salford — BSL Interpretation on 15 March (8pm)

Wednesday 15 & Friday 17 March (5pm & 8pm)

Previously featured at DaDaFest International 2016

Other events include “To Belong” by Belgium’s Koen De Preter & Theatre Stap, a discussion event on “Illness and Identity”, a Mental Health & Community one-on-one experience at Hulme Library and much more! For more information and to see the full programme, visit:, email: or telephone: 01273 699 733.

Deaf & Disabled Actors Exchange

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Saturday 18 February 2017

The Royal Exchange are inviting actors to join a discussion which aims to be a jumping off point for future events and resources that the theatre might offer to North West based Deaf and disabled actors and practitioners. The discussion will be led by Casting Director, Jerry Knight-Smith and Associated Artistic Director Amit Sharma. The event will offer practical advice and identity future training opportunities.

For more information and to confirm your attendance, email: or telephone: 0161 615 6761.

Elevate Masterclasses

Various Venues in Manchester & Salford

Dates Across: Monday 27 February to Thursday 9 March 2017 (6:30pm)

Walk the Plank is inviting visitors to its newly launched programme of Elevate masterclasses. This is a great opportunity to gain inspiration and skills from internationally renowned creative practitioners. Classes include: An exploration of parade choreography with Ruth Jones; “The Mike Pattison approach to making parades move”; Designing for Movement with Alex Rigg and a session on how to grow a successful business in the arts.

All classes are free but places are limited. For more information and to book, visit:, email: or telephone: 0161 736 8964.

Good Dog by Tiata Fahodzi

The Albany, Deptford, London

Monday 6 to Saturday 11 March (7:30pm)

Mum’s promised him that bike so even when school or home-life bites, he knows to keep his chin up, his head down and his shirt clean. Set during the early noughties, Good Dog chronicles growing up in a multi-cultural community and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control, because even the most patient among us can’t wait forever. Tiata Fahodzi is the UK’s leading African theatre company, producing world-class theatre that reflects the changing African diaspora in contemporary Britain.

Relaxed performance on 9 March & Captioned on 10 March. For more information and to book, visit: or telephone: 020 8692 4446.

Arts Jobs and Opportunities

Call Out for Actors – Deaf Drama

Location: North West England

Deadline: Monday 13 February to Monday 27 March

Would you like to get involved with an exciting new theatre project? The Dukes, UCLan and Deafway are providing the opportunity to develop a play in BSL based on the story of Gerry Hughes, the first Deaf sailor to single handed-ly sail around the world. This call is open to enthusiastic BSL users aged 16+, no experience is needed. Rehearsal dates are every Monday from 13 February to 27 March 2017, 6pm at UCLan in Preston and on Sunday 26 March at 1pm at the Dukes, Lancaster. Performances will take place from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 April.

For more information, email: or telephone: 01524 598 522.

Call Out for Applications – Sky Arts

Location: National

Deadline: Friday 3 March (Portraits) & Friday 28 April (Landscapes)

Sky Arts are seeking artists to apply for two new series due to be filmed this year – “Landscape Artist of the Year 2017” and “Portrait Artist of the Year 2018”. Do you have what it takes to become artist of the year? You could win a £10,000 commission for a major British institution and £500 of art materials from Cass Art. Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner will return to host both competitions, which will be judged by award-winning artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, independent curator Kathleen Soriano, and Art historian Kate Bryan.

For more information and to apply, visit: or email:

shortFLIX Film Training Scheme – Creative England

Location: National

Deadline: Wednesday 8 March 2017

shortFLIX is a new film scheme for undiscovered filmmakers aged between 18 and 25 who are not currently in full-time education, employment or training. Creative England want to help young filmmakers turn their ideas into great short films that will be showcased by Sky Arts. You could receive £10k, training and a professional crew to help you make it. No experience is required and the programme is completely free.

For more information and to apply, visit:, email: or telephone: 0844 824 6042.

Emerging Filmmakers Development Course – Modern Tales

Location: National

Deadline: Thursday 9 March 2017 (12pm)

Modern Tales is a five month story and professional development initiative created by Bushfire Digital and Script Cube for emerging BAME, female and disabled filmmakers. The programme supports writers, directors and producers in the development of long form dramatic fiction that is both market conscious and creative in its inception, set-up, development and execution.

The programme will begin on Saturday 25 March 2017. For more information and to apply, visit: or email:

Call Out for Applications – Metal Culture Development LAB

Location: London, Peterborough & Southend

Deadline: Friday 17 March (5pm)

Metal Culture are seeking disabled and non-disabled practitioners to take part in an intensive research and development LAB. These four day workshops are aimed at artists (from all artforms) that work with the body, movement and dance; or are curious to explore these themes with others. The Metal LAB format is a facilitated work space for artistic enquiry, offering opportunities for exploration, reflection, conversation and risk taking. After the LAB, attendees will be supported to develop R&D  proposals for new commissions based on their research.

For more information and to apply, visit:, email: & or telephone: 0151 707 2277

Company Manager – Wired Aerial Theatre

Location: Liverpool

Deadline: Friday 17 March 2017

Wired Aerial Theatre are looking for a Company Manager to provide the managerial backbone for the organisation in delivering its work, ensuring that their project are delivered effectively whilst developing Wired and keeping an eye on future opportunities. Wired creates and delivers aerial performance art from its base on Cotton Street in Liverpool. They are currently making plans for the next five years and are looking to expand their team in order to deliver their vision.

For more information and to apply, visit:, email: or telephone: 0151 207 7568.

Commission Opportunity for Disabled Musicians & Technologists – Drake Music

Location: National

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:, email: or telephone: 020 7739 5444.

Call Out for Book Contributors – Drag: Kings & Queens of Performance

Location: National

Deadline: Monday 17 April 2017

The performance of drag has a long and rich lineage – and drag performers have been a significant force in popular culture and activism. This edited collection exposes the multiplicities of drag kinging and queening in relation to a variety of performance contexts. The editors envisage a broad scope of authorship and readership, seeking contributions from as wide a geographical spread as possible, whilst also paying mind to transnational and historical contexts. They are particularly interested in contributions foregrounding drag practices set within social, critical and/or political discourse but that give space to performance practice and performers’ voices as a key driver of the debate.

For more information, or to send an abstract, visit: or email: &

Memories of Disability Arts Research – NDACA

Location: National

Deadline: February & March

NDACA is the Heritage Lottery funded project collecting the heritage story of the Disability arts movement, particularly during the 80s and 90s. They are now entering the early stages of researching oral histories about this heritage story. NDACA are seeking participants to be interviewed for the project about their memories and recollections of their role in the disability arts movement.

For more information or to take part, visit:, email: or telephone: 020 7424 7332. Skype, Facebook & Discord are also available as means of communication.


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