The weekend of the 17th September, 2021 saw the return of our Cornwall Mini Deaffest for its 2nd festival at Cornwall College, St. Austell. 

We kicked off on Friday with an informal social gathering in Charlestown. 

On Saturday, at Cornwall College we had stalls, children’s activities and workshops delivered by Devon & Cornwall Police and John Smith & Donna Mullings.  We also had a tombola event along with 5 film screenings.

Devon & Cornwall Police, who sponsored the event, kindly brought along a Lotus police car, motorcycle and a working police car for us to try out.  Not only that, but we had the opportunity to sit in a fire engine, lucky for us there were no fires in the vicinity!  We are very grateful for their precious time and continued support.  

Councillor Andrea Lanxon, St. Austell’s Deputy Mayor spent time browsing and gave a presentation before the film screenings.  As St. Austell’s Mayor, Councillor Richard Pears could not physically attend the festival he still found time within his busy schedule to send us a video message, we are always so grateful for both of their support and guidance. 

Cornwall Mini Deaffest focuses on showcasing arts and films for the Cornish Deaf and hard of hearing community arranged and hosted by Cornish Deaf and hard of hearing people. It is a place for everyone to come together and enjoy themselves and to show those new to the Deaf world that we have such a rich community. 

Evening entertainment took place at the Britannia Inn in Par with our infamous Deaf Comedian John Smith along with actress Donna Mullings, what a great act they are!  

We are delighted to have been able to achieve another CMD festival, which was arranged in a short period of time after being postponed. The feedback received after the weekend has been extremely positive and a great experience was had by all.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and the weekend provided an opportunity to inspire by showcasing deaf talent.  

On Sunday, to join the fight against plastic pollution, we took to Carlyon Bay to do a beach clean in support of Surfers Against Sewage. You can find out more here:

Thank you to everybody that came and to those who made it happen. Roll on the next one!

Watch out for Deaffest’s PC Willrich & PC Stratton

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