Fourteen young people met in July as part of the Young People’s strand of the Disability Arts Touring Network, the programme of presenting Disability Arts with partners across the UK. The young people came from across the UK, including London, Northern Ireland, Preston, St Helens and the West Midlands.
The young people fed back their thoughts and opinions of Young DaDaFest, held the night before, which will help shape the event in future years. They then heard a bit about the way disability and Deaf arts are programmed, and the context of the social model, from DaDaFest Artistic Director Ruth Gould.
One of the groups said ‘Both my participants had a great time on the steering group day and really got a lot out of it and they are keen to stay involved… it has increased their independence.’
The group discussed ways to set up a national conversation with young disabled and Deaf people interested in the arts, both performing, appreciating and behind-the-scenes. This project will look to make some of these ideas happen, empowering the young people to join up nationally to strengthen their skills and the future of the sector. If you are interested in getting involved in this project email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some pictures from this first meeting: