DaDaFest BSL Video
 
 
 
10 Sep 2020

Meet the Artists in Translations 2020

Website_Img_1

Back in June we issued an open call for disability-led artworks to be included in DaDaFest International Festival and/or other events in our 2020/21 season. After receiving over 70 applications from around the world, we’re delighted to announce the selected artists, who you’ll be seeing a lot more of once the festival kicks off in November.

All the artists will be responding to the idea of ‘Translations’, the theme of DaDaFest International Festival 2020. Our festival will also be entirely online for the first time ever, so prepare to see plenty of originality and innovation from this fab line-up of D/deaf and disabled artists. As our brand new Digital Producer, Joe, put it:

“When planning DaDaFest 2020, we wanted to make sure that the full potential of a digital arts festival could be reached. This year is a wonderful opportunity to create something new and exciting; something that can reach wider audiences and be experienced wherever and whenever people are able to. Our commissioned artists bring not only a wide breadth of ingenuity and creativity to this year’s festival, but the work they’ll be creating will provide our audiences with a wonderfully diverse range of ways to digitally interact with and experience the arts.” 

 

Festival Commissions

Artists from around the world were invited to pitch their ideas through our four ‘Festival Commissions’, which were open to all professional disabled artists or disability-led companies, with support from The Granada Foundation. Applications came in from countries including Mexico, Australia and Indonesia and our selection panel were impressed at the range and quality of submissions. Of the commissioning process, and all our new commissioned artists, our Festival Producer, Rachel, had this to add:

“We were thrilled with the amazing response from artists to our callouts and want to thank everyone who put time into a proposal. The panel had to make some really difficult decisions and we hope that the final artist list goes some way to demonstrating the range of work, thinking and approaches currently being developed by disabled artists from near and far. We are particularly excited about working with so many artists who are new to DaDaFest and we are confident we will maintain the DaDaFest International brand by offering another high quality, exciting and thought provoking festival”

These are the selected national and international artists/groups who will all be showcased as part of DaDaFest International Festival in November:

Hana Madness with Alexis Maxwell, Tammy Reynolds with Natalia Bedkowska, Deaf Explorer, Helen Seymour 

You may also remember our call out for a Libraries Commission open to D/deaf and disabled artists across the world. We are pleased to confirm DaDaFest will now be working with St Helens Borough Council's ‘Arts in Libraries’ team to deliver a St Helens based project. Further details will be announced shortly.


Micro-commissions

With our friends, Unlimited, we awarded 8 commissions for £1,000 to artists based in the North West, and are working together to fund two other emerging North West artists to develop their ideas further. It was great to get to partner with Unlimited on this one, and their Senior Producer, Jo Verrent said of the experience:  

‘Partnering with DadaFest on these micro awards has been brilliant for Unlimited - opening up our networks to a wide and diverse pool of disabled talent based in the North West with some exceptionally creative ideas that can be realised on a small budget. We really hope that this helps spread the news about Unlimited and our current main commissions, research and development awards and awards for emerging artists that have a deadline in October - be great to see even more North West disabled artists represented!’

We likewise enjoyed seeing the wealth of talent in our region, and we look forward to sharing these commissioned artists’ work with our audiences across the UK and worldwide.

These are the 8 selected artists/groups from the North West who will be featured in our 2020/21 events:

The Misfits (Clare McNulty and Natalie Amber), Ngozi Ugochukwu, Nicola Smith, Julian Gray, Chanje Kunda, Izzy Kroese, Gold Akanbi, Dominic G 


Featured Artist Announcement

DaDaFest International Festival will showcase a number of featured artists, as well as those selected through our Open Call. We are delighted now to be able to share that one the featured artists will be writer and choreographer, Alexandrina Hemsley!

Find out more about Alexandrina Hemsley here, and keep an eye out for further announcements from us about DaDaFest International’s featured artists!

Meet all of our artists so far announced for Translations here.

Stay tuned…

Over the next few months, our team will be preparing for the festival and supporting the commissioned artists to bring their work to life. We’re excited to share it all with you this November!

We’ll be making further announcements in the lead-up to the festival, so stay tuned! Sign up to our mailing list, and make sure to join us this November for DaDaFest International Festival 2020!


 


More news from DaDaFest

25 Sep 2020
laurence_thumbnail

Join the cast of Laurence Clark's 'Cured'

Apply to join the cast of 'Cured', a play in development with Liverpool's Royal Court

Read More >

22 Sep 2020
News_-_Deaf_Rave1

Deaf Rave Festival 2020

Countdown to Deaf Rave Festival 2020 this weekend!

Read More >

10 Sep 2020
Website_Img_1

Meet the Artists in Translations 2020

We're pleased to announce some of the artists who'll be taking part in DaDaFest International 2020: Translations.

Read More >

27 Aug 2020
Psappha_thumb_sq

A call out for d/Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent composers

This call out is from Psappha, the Manchester based music ensemble.

Read More >

25 Aug 2020
Jackie_Hagan_thumb

Celebrating 50 years of Alf’s Act with Manchester Histories.


Remembering the world's first legislation around disability.

Read More >

19 Aug 2020
DaDaFest_Logo_300x300_powder_background

Inclusion at DaDaFest: New plans and policies

An update on diversity within DaDaFest

Read More >

5 Aug 2020
Blog_Aug_1_Joe_Thumbnail

Introducing our Digital Producer

Introducing the latest addition to the DaDaFest team!

Read More >

31 Jul 2020
0087_Oozing_Gloop_web-5295_thumbnail

Our Artist Call Out is now closed!

After an exciting month of receiving submissions from around the world, applications for our DaDaFest Commissions have now closed across all three strands. 

Read More >

7 Jul 2020
Thumbnail_Pierce_Starre_Chaos_-_Lorenza_Cini

Venice International Performance Art Week: Pierce Starre's Reflections

Reflections on Venice International Performance Art Week from live artist, Pierce Starre

Read More >

30 Jun 2020
twitterprofile

We Shall Not Be Removed Alliance

We've joined a new disability arts alliance. Find out more about the campaign!

Read More >

26 Jun 2020
libraries_banner

Artist Call Out: Libraries Commission

A brand new call out for work by disabled artists themed around libraries.

Read More >

18 Jun 2020
DaDaFest_Logo_300x300_powder_background

A statement from DaDaFest

Addressing the need for change and a more intersectional approach.

Read More >

8 Jun 2020
Call_Out_Thumbnail_final_version

Artist Call Out for New Commissions

Updates on our festival and a new call out for work by disabled artists!

Read More >

13 May 2020
LightNightAminaThumbnail

Broken Biscuits at LightNight at home

Celebrate #LightNightAtHome with a DaDaFest commission.

Read More >

28 Apr 2020
Artsadmin_Bursary_Thumbnail

Top Tammy Reynolds moments!

Celebrate good news from a DaDaFest-supported artist by revisiting our events.

Read More >

24 Apr 2020
resultcic_thumbnail

Support for Frontline Workers

Result CIC are offering support sessions to frontline workers. Get in touch!

Read More >

18 Apr 2020
0087_Oozing_Gloop_web-5295_thumbnail

Funding opportunities for artists

An overview of Arts Council Emergy Funding and more paid opportunities

Read More >

2 Apr 2020
Scratch_2020_WEB-5064

DaDaFest Scratch: Our Advisors' Review

Our advisory group give us their thoughts on DaDaFest Scratch at Unity Theatre. 

Read More >

20 Mar 2020
world thumbnail

COVID-19: an update from DaDaFest

Following government guidance and in order to protect our artists, participants and staff, the DaDaFest office will be closed until further notice, with all team-members now working remotely. 

Read More >

21 Feb 2020
ben_lunn_thumbnail

'Footsteps Quiet in Shadow' - Ben Lunn tells us more!

With DaDaFest-supported concert, ‘Footsteps Quiet in Shadow’ coming up, 4 March at The Bluecoat, we asked composer, Ben Lunn, to tell as a bit more about the line-up. 

Read More >

31 Jan 2020
thumbail_tammy

Marshmallows and #SquadGoals

Find out what we learned from our Rushton/Raw day of events.

 

Read More >

13 Jan 2020
0085_Young_Advisors_WEB-5526_thumbnail

Call Out: DaDaFest Advisors

We are looking for D/deaf or disabled individuals with a passion for the arts to join our group of advisors and help shape the future of DaDaFest. Could this be you?

Read More >

29 Oct 2019
DaDaFest_Logo_300x300_powder_background

DaDaFest and Unity Theatre announce exciting new partnership

DaDaFest is delighted to announce a brand new partnership with innovative, radical and pioneering Liverpool arts venue, Unity Theatre.

Read More >

29 Oct 2019
Coaching_photo_for_callout_300x300

DaDaFest Artist Self-Development Programme

We are excited to be launching a programme of workshops and one-to-one coaching sessions for artists who identify as disabled or D/deaf*.

Read More >

28 Oct 2019
Dr_Erin_Pritchard_300x300

Dr Erin Pritchard chairs panel discussion at Disabled Women in Arts and Culture: Who’s Calling the Shots?

We are delighted to have Dr Erin Pritchard act as chair of the panel discussion of our landmark event.

Read More >

30 Aug 2019
DDF_Staff_Portraits-7_RG

Artistic Director Ruth Gould leaves DaDaFest

After almost 20 years of service, Ruth Gould is leaving DaDaFest to move on to pastures new. 

Read More >

29 May 2019
0002_Scatch_290419_PRINT-_PR-271px

Introducing…DaDaFest Ensemble!

Our very first DaDaFest Scratch is fast approaching and in the lead up, we would like to introduce you to some of the talented artists who will be performing at the event.

Read More >

1 May 2019
ddf_ensemble_300x300

DaDaFest Scratch

DaDaFest is launching a new programme of events over the next three years to celebrate the best of disability art in the North West. 

Read More >

30 Apr 2019
0002_Scatch_290419_PRINT-_PR-272px

Pupils invited to music premiere!

Free live music experience direct to the classroom. 

DaDaFest Ensemble to perform new composition, live from Liverpool Philharmonic.

Read More >

25 Jan 2019
Olly-300px

Get a taste of the creative industries

As part of DaDaFest’s Artist Development Programme, we are offering ten placements within the creative industries. 

Read More >

24 Jan 2019
Sally_Gannon_300px

Introducing our new Chair…Sally Gannon

We are delighted to introduce Sally Gannon as the new Chair on our Board of Trustees. Sally joins us from Liverpool John Moores University where she is Strategic Planning Officer.

Read More >

22 Jan 2019
0122_DaDaFest_Perform-crop300px

We’ve opened registration to our Artist Development programme

We can help you achieve your goals.

Read More >

10 Dec 2018
Josh_300x300

DaDaFest International 2018 hailed a success

Thousands of visitors from across the UK and beyond experienced the five-week DaDaFest International which took place at host venues across the Liverpool City Region.

Read More >

5 Dec 2018
Ruth_Gould_300x300

Artistic Director Ruth Gould appointed as one of five new Patrons to Graeae Theatre Company

We are delighted to announce that our Artistic Director, Ruth Gould, has been appointed as one of five new Patrons to Graeae Theatre Company.

Read More >

3 Dec 2018
Ruth_Gould_Joe_Anderson_Lady_Massie_Pam_Thomas_31218_300x300

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018

We are delighted to be parterning with Liverpool City Council to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day which aims to promote an understanding of disability issues.

Read More >

27 Nov 2018
c

DaDaFest International 2018 Emerging Artists: Destination Sound

Destination Sound is a platform for new music celebrating the talent and creativity of Disabled musicians.

Read More >

20 Nov 2018
Jordan_300x300

DaDaFest International 2018 Emerging Artists: Jordan Connerty

There are some amazing emerging artists who are performing new work as part of DaDaFest International 2018. We are following a few of them as they make their way to the stage.

Read More >

20 Nov 2018
Res_-_DaDaFest_Logo_TP

Acclaimed disability arts organisation DaDaFest work with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Performers visited patients at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to stage a special dance performance organised by DaDaFest.

Read More >

20 Nov 2018
Francesca_high_res_300x300

Francesca Martinez visits two North West venues as part of DaDaFest International 2018

The award-winning comedian brings her What The **** Is Normal show to Liverpool and St Helens

Read More >

31 Oct 2018
Koffin_blue_-300px

A handy at-a-glance festival event list

We've put together a handy list of all the events that are taking place throughout DaDaFest International 2018.

Read More >

31 Oct 2018
Ruth_300px

A festival chat with our Artistic Director

We sat down with our Artistic Director, Ruth Gould, to have a chat about DaDaFest International 2018. 

Read More >

25 Sep 2018
DDIF2018_TWITTER_SOCIAL_SHARE_300px

DaDaFest announce their festival programme

DaDaFest International returns to Liverpool City Region venues this autumn showcasing a series of high-quality cutting-edge work.

Read More >

28 Jun 2018
DEA17SirKenRobinson

Announcing...Sir Ken Robinson!

We are delighted to have on board a new patron.

Read More >

28 Jun 2018
300x300_Festival_image_for_newsletter

DaDaFest International 2018 announced with performance by Jess Thom

Award-winning disability and D/deaf arts organisation DaDaFest announces Merseyside wide festival this November.

Read More >

26 Apr 2018
Res_-_Image_for_call-out

Performers and theatre makers call out

Unity Theatre, Action Transport Theatre and DaDaFest are working together to create a high quality seasonal show based on the story of Beauty and the Beast for family audiences in December 2018.

Read More >

16 Oct 2017
Sir-Bery-at-DaDaFest-Congress-2nd-Dec-2016

Sir Bert Massie CBE

Last night we heard the sad news that Sir Bert Massie has passed away.

Read More >

13 Sep 2017
daphne

Daphne Does Good at DaDaFest

Agony Aunt, Daphne will be the very, very special guest at DaDaFest’s Past, Present & Possibilities at the Bluecoat

Read More >

22 Aug 2017
Ruth-Gould

Introduction from Ruth Gould

Greetings friends, comrades, supporters and visitors. 

Read More >

14 Jul 2017
2015-12-10-BBC-ALE-Gold-Lame-e1500031344343

Past, Present & Possibilities.

Celebrating 300 years of the Bluecoat

Read More >

29 Jun 2017
Prosper_logo

Creative UK Prosper Programme

A good week just got even better! 

Read More >

23 Jun 2017
Chris-Hammond

Thank you Chris…

It was with great sadness that I learnt of Chris Hammond’s passing this week

Read More >

14 Jun 2017
barry_avison

DaDaFest in the Spotlight

Barry Avison featured on ITV’s Good Morning.

Read More >

25 May 2017
Ruth-Gould

Congratulations Ruth

Awarded an Honorary Fellowship by  Liverpool John Moores University

Read More >

25 May 2017
Brian-Catling-Antix-2-performance-s

Call Out For Bluecoat 300

DaDaFest Mini-Commissions

Read More >

30 Mar 2017
trip

My trip to Yerevan, Armenia

I was lucky to be offered to opportunity to visit Yerevan in Armenia.

Read More >

1 Mar 2017
YoungDaDaFest-Everyman

Young Disabled People Putting Together Our Arts Festival

"If art, all art, is concerned with truth, then a society in denial will not find much use for it."

Read More >

24 Feb 2017
video-youngdadafest

Young DaDa Ensemble Project Video

Watch a fantastic new video from our pioneering Young DaDa Ensemble 

Read More >

7 Feb 2017
pales1

Palestine & The Joys of Flying

Currently, I am on the plane to Munich where I ought to catch a connecting flight direct to Manchester.

Read More >

25 Jan 2017
IMG_7640

3 Days in Ramallah, Palestine

Two days in and I am in love

Read More >

25 Jan 2017
jenny-seal-s

Under the Skin with Jenny Sealey MBE

Under the Skin is a series of interviews conducted during DaDaFest International 2016. 

Read More >

23 Jan 2017
john-M

Under the Skin with John McGrath

Under the Skin is a series of interviews conducted during DaDaFest International 2016.

Read More >

18 Jan 2017
Red-Shoes-web-banner

My Time at DaDaFest

Rebecca Andrews our Digital Marketing Apprentice finished her apprenticeship this month.

Read More >

5 Jan 2017
yOUNG-DaDaFest-Everyman

Young DaDaFest 2017 Open Call

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

Read More >

1 Nov 2016
respect-workshop

Respect Project 2016 Open Workshops

Are you a young woman aged 16 or over? Would you like to have your voice heard?

Read More >

26 Oct 2016
young-dada2

Young DaDaFest 2017 Announcement

Young DaDaFest will return bigger and better than ever for 2017!

Read More >

16 Aug 2016
biglotteryfund_partnership

DaDaFest Receives Funding

DaDaFest is delighted to announce that we have received a grant from Big Lottery Fund for “DaDaFest Rookies”.

Read More >

27 Jul 2016
young-dada

Young DaDaFest Perform

I was really excited to see Young DaDaFest

Read More >

12 Jul 2016
DaDaFest-1284

Young DaDaFest 2016: Music Review

Guest reviewer Tammy Reynolds sums up her thoughts on the first of this year’s Young DaDaFest events

Read More >

3 May 2016
XatPP

Xander & The Peace Pirates

Xander & The Peace Pirates Perform for our Young DaDa Ensemble

Read More >

26 Apr 2016
Young-DaDaFest-16

Young DaDaFest 2016 Announcement

Award Nominated Young DaDaFest Expands into Trio of Events 

Read More >

25 Nov 2015
rushton

DaDaFest Hosts First Ever Rushton Social Justice Lecture

DaDaFest Hosts First Ever Rushton Social Justice Lecture

Read More >

17 Feb 2015
yddf

Young DaDaFest 2015 – Open Call

This year’s Young DaDaFest will be happening at the Everyman Theatre.

Read More >

21 Jan 2015
recipe-for-scouse

Watch Recipe for Scouse Online Now

Young DaDa Recipe for Scouse Film is available to watch online.

Read More >

 
 
 
 
Find out what's coming up next
Sign up to be the first to know about our events and new opportunities.
Send me news