DaDaFest Newsletter #170 (1 March 2017)


Festival Support us Contact us

  1. Introduction from Ruth Gould MBE
  2. DaDaFest Artistic Director Receives MBE
  3. Call Out for Artists – DaDaFest
  4. Blog: Why We Give Young Disabled People The Task of Putting Together Our Arts Festival by Ruth Gould MBE
  5. Blog: Palestine & The Joys of Flying by Ruth Gould MBE
  6. DaDaFest Rookies Development Grants
  7. Young DaDaFest 2017
  8. Disability and Deaf Arts News
  9. LEAP 2017
  10. SIGNtific Saturdays Events
  11. BSL Tour – Harris Museum and Art Gallery
  12. SICK! Festival 2017
  13. Arts Jobs and Opportunities
  14. Call out for Performers – PORNO Research & Development
  15. Team Assistant – Heritage Lottery Fund
  16. Finance Assistant – Manchester International Festival
  17. Chief Executive – Disability Rights UK
  18. Call for Proposals – DIY: 14 2017
  19. Board Members – Merseyside Society for Deaf People

Introduction from Ruth Gould MBE


I can’t believe it is March already – so much to do and now with the next International DaDaFest just 20 months way – we are busy identifying the new and bold art projects we would like to deliver, especially the international ones. I asked for artists to contact us last newsletter and very encouraged by the response – if you would like to send on details about your arts background [CV] and examples of art experiences, I would really value receiving them. I am aiming to open more dialogue with disability arts that can be linked to some of the planned projects.

Keep warm – too cold in UK to discard our woollies just yet! Believe me, spring is just around the corner…

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: Why We Give Young Disabled People The Task of Putting Together Our Arts Festival by Ruth Gould MBE

“As Jeanette Winterson once said, “If art, all art, is concerned with truth, then a society in denial will not find much use for it.” This concept of ‘truth’ is, of course, slippery and evasive. But if we take it to mean the lived experience of each and every group of people across the entire spectrum of society, then what does it say about our collective state of denial if only a select few people within that society are trusted with the responsibility of programming and producing arts events?”

Read the full blog here:

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

Last week, we held an Open Meeting for young people to come along and find out more about our Rookies Development Grants. Applications for the Development Grants are now closed, but you can keep an eye out for more Rookies news coming soon! Stay up to date on our Twitter (@DaDaFest) or through our website, here:

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!

Disability & Deaf Arts News

LEAP 2017
Wednesday 1 March – Sunday 12 March 2017
MAKE Liverpool

LEAP 2017 kicks off today with award-winning choreographer, Gary Clark’s latest production, COAL, a prolific statement that sets the scene for the festival with untold stories – celebrating a life of work and courage. Identity and what we choose to see and show the world can be explored through the work of Project O and Hetain Patel. How much do we own what we show? Barrowland Ballet and Stop Gap consider what family life really is and how the choices we make or change through loss can impact on how we choose to live our lives.

Join MDI and join in as they take a massive leap to bring some of the most inspiring and critically- acclaimed dancers and choreographers to Liverpool.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit:, email: or telephone: 0044 151 708 8810.

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

SIGNtific is a series of Deaf-led family events with voiceover interpreters. This month kids can explore the museum’s drop-in creative light workshop, where you can build your very own lantern projector and use it to project images from the Science Museum’s collection or go on a high-flying adventure through the clouds at this fun, interactive storytelling session. Hot air balloons, gliders and flying suits will all be explored and brought to life.

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

BSL tour – Harris Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 6 March 2017 (6pm)
Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

ARTIST ROOMS is a collection of international modern and contemporary art owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate on behalf of the public. Martin Creed is one of the most influential and exciting British artists today, who uses sculpture, neon, painting, video and performance. Visitors can experience one of Creed’s best known installations, the Turner Prize-winning Work No. 227: The lights going on and off (2000). The exhibition will also include Work No 1701 (2013), a video work accompanied by Creed’s soundtrack ‘You Return’ and Work No 2316 (2015) and a multi-coloured neon piece that spells out ‘Coconuts’.

For more information about ARTIST ROOMS: Martin Creed at the Harris exhibition, visit:, or email:

SICK! Festival 2017
Wednesday 8 March to Saturday 25 March 2017
Venues Across Manchester & Salford

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.

Arts Jobs and Opportunities

Call out for Performers – PORNO Research & Development
Location: Nottingham
Deadline: Friday 3 March 2017 (5pm)

In all Dan Daw does as a disabled performer and choreographer, the notion of “inspiration” is ever present. Although never setting out to create work that intentionally inspires audiences, more often than not the resulting conversation centres around their “being inspired”. Dan has never really understood what this inspiration is all about and wants to get to the bottom of it. Together with theatre director Mark Maughan, Dan will work with an ensemble of performers with a range of experiences to dissect the notion of inspiration and explore its wider implications beyond disability.

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

Team Assistant – Heritage Lottery Fund
Location: Manchester
Deadline: Friday 5 March 2017

The primary purpose of this role is to provide administrative support across the North West office by providing effective and efficient support to the team including: maintaining and updating all filing systems and ensuring files appropriately stored and transported if necessary; handling initial telephone enquiries; postal duties; photocopying; and arranging travel and accommodation.

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

Finance Assistant – Manchester International Festival
Location: Manchester
Deadline: Wednesday 8 March 2017

Manchester International Festival are looking for a Finance Assistant who is responsible for assisting the Head of Finance and the Finance Coordinator in smooth running of the Festival’s finance operation.  The main responsibilities of the role will be logging all purchase invoices and distributing to budget holders and tracking the progress of purchase invoices through authorisation and payment processes.

For more information and to apply, visit:, email: or telephone: 0161 817 4500.

Chief Executive – Disability Rights UK
Location: London
Deadline: Friday 10 March 2017

Main responsibilities of the role will include to provide strategic leadership to Disability Rights UK and its members, raising the organisation’s profile, income and influence to drive progress towards their vision of equal participation for all. Responsibilities will also include developing and implementing the organisation’s strategy in consultation with the Board and where appropriate with Disability Rights UK members and understand and effectively communicate the context within which Disability Rights UK operates to drive change.

For more information and to apply, visit:, email: or telephone: 020 7691 1920.

Call for Proposals – DIY: 14 2017
Location: National
Deadline: Monday 13 March 2017 (12pm)

Do you have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development project that offers something different and is geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts? Live Art Development Agency are looking for proposals which will take place between July and November 2016.

For more information and to apply, visit:, email: or telephone: 0208 985 2124.

Board Members – Merseyside Society for Deaf People

Location: Liverpool

Merseyside Society for Deaf People (MSDP) are seeking new Board members to support the further development of the Charity. Ideal candidates will have an entrepreneurial spirit, be experienced in management and decision making and well connected within the corporate sector, preferably with an understanding of disability and Deaf issues and not afraid to think outside of the box.

For more information and to apply, visit:, email: or telephone. 0151 228 0888.



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