Activities & Workshops

Saturday 18th May 2019

Please note: there are two different venues for the following workshops. Please refer to the colour code and check the venue address.

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Light House, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer St, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT

The Gateway (The George), City Campus South, on the corner of Wulfruna Street, WV1 1LY

Entry to Light House £2 at the door (under 16 years – FREE)

9.00am – 5.40pm Film Screenings

Cinema One and Studio Cinema, please refer to Film Screenings for more details.

10.00am – 4.00pm Deaffest Stalls Fair

Courtyard, Light House

Come and see the stalls fair, open throughout the day in the courtyard at Light House. On offer will be delicious food, original arts and crafts, activities and information from deaf-related businesses.

10.00am – 1.00pm Get Creative with Arts & Craft

Courtyard, Light House

Come and join us for some fun and creative activities on our courtyard stall – all ages welcome!

Pre-booking is required where stated, please email to book your place.

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9.30am – 11.00am Andrey Dragunov Dance workshop

Studio Cinema, Light House *Pre-booking required

Grab this opportunity to learn amazing Hip Hop dance skills from talented young Russian-born performer Andrey Dragunov. Andrey has performed at Hip Hop International’s 2016 World Hip Hop Dance Championship in Las Vegas, the World Hip Hop Dance Championship in Phoenix, Arizona in 2017 and has been on the ‘Tahub!’ Russian dance show on TV.

9.30am – 12.15pm Scriptwriting for Film Workshop

The Gateway (The George) *Pre-booking required

(Suitable for adults age 18 and above)

Need inspiration to turn that film idea into a script? Then learn from the experts in this deaf-led, informative workshop. The workshop will focus on different methods of producing a script – the written word and sign language, led by two well-known deaf scriptwriters / filmmakers Charlie Swinbourne and Brian Duffy. Charlie, who is also a journalist, won an RTS award for writing the sketch show Deaf Funny, which he also directed, and has written a range of Deaf comedies and dramas. Brian wrote and acted in his own comedy sitcom Small World which was aired on TV via BSL Zone. He uniquely produced his script for Small World using sign language which contributed to the success of the series.

WAWA's World

11.15am – 12.45pm Wawa – Deaf Music Artists’ Presentation

Studio Cinema, Light House *Pre-booking required

How many deaf music artists do you know? How can we share them with the world? What is DIP HOP? Acclaimed deaf rapper and recording artist Wawa comes all the way from the USA bringing his informative talk on Deaf Musicians: Rise and Struggles. Learn about the challenges of deaf musicians in a hearing world.

(This event will be interpreted)

12.15pm – 12.30pm Pop-up Finger Dance performance

Lock Works Café, Light House

Make your way to the Lockworks Café to see the amazing Andrey Dragunov in action! This talented young Russian-born performer will astound you with his Finger Dance skills – but remember to put your coffee down before you try them out for yourself!

12.30pm – 3.00pm How to be An Amazing TV Presenter

The Gateway (The George) *Pre-booking required

Have you got what it takes to become a presenter? Get top tips and advice from the experts in this exciting workshop led by two deaf professional presenters, Clive Mason and Rosie Benn. Clive, an influential figure in sign language and the media, is well known as a long-standing presenter and reporter on BBC’s See Hear programme. Rosie is a young, ambitious filmmaker and presenter, known for her role as one of the presenters on BSL Zone’s Up For It? She rose to prominence on BBC’s See Hear programme and has had her own series See Hear: On Tour, where she travelled and presented abroad.

12.45pm – 1.45pm Young Deaffest 2019

Cinema One, Light House

Hold on to your seats as Young Deaffest 2019 is hosted by Deaf teenager Danny Murphy! Danny is well-known for starring in his own whacky comedy sketches online, which have gained him over 35,000 fans. As MC of Young Deaffest Danny will tell his own story, talking about his videos and giving young people an opportunity to learn from him and be inspired. Danny will host the Young Deaffest events, including award presentations and entries for the Young Deaffest Film Award and the Create a Character Art Competition. On top of all this, there’s an exciting performance by Solar Bear Deaf Youth Theatre – not to be missed!

(This event will be interpreted)


1.00pm – 2.15pm Exhibiting Artists Talk

Main Gallery, Light House

Want to find out more about the inspiration and techniques behind some of the pictures in our Deaf Art & Photography Exhibition? Some of our exhibiting artists/photographers will be giving short talks about their work and answering your questions.

(This event will be interpreted) 

1.50pm – 2.50pm Deaf Film and Arts in China

Cinema One, Light House

Presented by the Founding Director of Shanghai International Deaf Film Festival (SHIDFF) Sam Zheng. Sam is a deaf filmmaker and animator based in Shanghai and an international award-winning director. In this presentation Sam will talk about the progress of Deaf Arts and Film in China and its contribution to creativity through the power of media. The presentation will be supported by Alice Hu, a Deaf Artist/Interpreter from Shanghai.

(This event will be interpreted)

2.55pm – 3.55pm Colin Allen, AM & Mark Berry, WFD – WFDYS Presentation

Cinema One, Light House

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is a global organisation working to ensure equal rights for 70 million people around the globe. It consists of deaf associations from 135 countries. President of the WFD, Colin Allen, AM, will give a joint presentation with the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section (WFDYS) President, Mark Berry, to explain the work of these inspiring organisations.

(This event will be interpreted)

Exhibitor Ruaridh

3.15pm – 5.00pm Life Drawing Workshop and Competition

The Gateway (The George) *Pre-booking required

(Suitable for adults age 16 and above)

Try out your drawing skills in Deaffest’s version of “The Big Painting Challenge”. The workshop will be led by deaf artist Ruaridh Lever-Hogg (who himself was a contestant on the TV show). Participants will create their artworks using a live model, and have the opportunity to gain tips and encouragement from the judges: visual artist Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq and animator Paul Miller.

4.00pm – 4.45pm Creative Careers Pathway

Cinema One, Light House

Taking place on stage, with audience participation, this panel discussion aims to look at opportunities for deaf people in the media industry. The panel will talk about how the media industry works, and give tips and advice on how those wishing to pursue a career in media can get involved. Panellists include filmmaker Louis Neethling, BSLBT’s Kerena Marchant, and Noel Dunne from Creative Alliance.

(This event will be interpreted)

5.45pm – 7.30pm Recess

Please note: For some of the workshops we may accept participants from age 13 years (unless a specific age range is stated). Please contact Jackie Dunn for more details.