Happy International Artist’s Day!

Wishing all artists a Happy International Artist’s Day!

Here’s something to look back at, some of the many inspiring artists involved in our previous festivals!

Deaffest Happy International Artist's Day

Nikki Stratton Visit to Deaf Diaspora 2017

The annual Deaf Diaspora 2017 was held in the coastal city of Brighton from 21st September to 1st October with the theme ‘Access to Arts’. The event celebrated theatre; dance and visual art made by deaf people and explored the influence of this on the mainstream.


Deaf Diaspora, now in their 8th year, held workshops, stalls, demonstrations and discussions. Among the people who gave a talk at the Brighton Dome was Deaffest Co-Founder Nikki Stratton who shared information about Deaffest.


“It was a honour to be invited to the festival and I can definitely see that Brighton is the home of the Arts. It was great to see a variety of deaf arts and I’ve really enjoyed the events including the talk about access in museums given by Ally Rogers and John Wilson.” – Nikki Stratton, Deaffest Co-Founder.

A big thank you to Nadia Nadarajah from Deaf Diaspora for inviting Nikki to give a talk.

If you would like to know more about Deaf Diaspora you can visit their website: http://deafdiaspora.org.uk.

Nikki’s Visit to the Encounters Short Film Festival 2017

The 23rd Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival returned to Bristol from 19th-24th September 2017 with a selection of screenings, including films made by deaf filmmakers.

Deaffest Co-Founder Nikki Stratton went along to join in the events taking place at the festival on Saturday 23rd September and particularly enjoyed theDeaf Shorts Showcase‘ and the Spanish Deaf Shorts. Among the films shown were; Nevith The Dragon directed by Paul Miller, directed by Bim Ajadi, Silent Laughs directed by Natalia Kouneli, The Song for Single directed by Zheng Xiaosan and Signs of an Affair directed by Louis Neethling, all of which have previously been shown at Deaffest. Nikki couldn’t get enough of watching those fantastic films!

“It is great to see that deaf films are being shown at other festivals in the UK and I am proud to see The Song for Single, which won the Best Artistic Short Film award at Deaffest 2017, being shown at the Encounters Short Film festival!” – Nikki Stratton, Deaffest Co-Founder

In case  you missed out on the announcement of the Award Winners of the Encounters 23rd Short Film and Animation Festival 2017, you can find out who won the awards here! Congratulations to the winners!

We’re especially delighted that The Silent Child has won the Deaf Shorts Showcase Award. Director Chris Overton and actress/writer and Deaffest Patron Rachel Shenton came along to Deaffest 2017 and gave a talk about the film, which was then under production, and showed a behind-the-scenes clip documenting the making of the film. Congratulations to Chris, Rachel and the crew!


Nikki also had the opportunity to join in with the celebration of VS1 Productions’ 10th Anniversary! VS1 Productions is a Bristol based media company and you can find out more about them here. Congratulations to Director David Ellington and his team on their special anniversary!