DaDa Academy

Image: Young DaDaFest 2018

Prototyping for a ‘New Normal’

DaDa Academy focuses our creative development work for disabled, Deaf and neurodivergent young people aged 14-30. The programmes support participants to gain experience, increase knowledge, develop skills and increase employability alongside achieving formal qualifications. We offer:

  • Development grants that provide emerging disabled artists with time, space and resources to develop their artistic skills, ambition and practise
  • Mentoring sessions with professionals from a range of creative fields - including visiting festival artists - to support young disabled artists to develop career pathways through structured one to one meetings
  • A comprehensive programme of artistic skills development via regular workshops, sessions and events to support progression routes and nurture emerging artists and other arts practitioners.

DaDa Academy recognises that disabled, Deaf and neurodivergent young people are excluded from many artistic development opportunities, often due to lack of knowledge and understanding of how to provide inclusive support and address access issues.

To counteract this position, we also seek to develop new ways of working in partnership with local and national arts organisations to develop workshop offers for disabled, Deaf and neurodivergent young people in dance, creative word and visual arts fields.

These are the DaDa Academy programmes: 

DaDa Ensemble

DaDa Theatremakers


DaDa x Alder Hey

DaDa x Royal Liverpool Philharmonic


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