All events/activities below will be taking place on Saturday 13th May 2017.


Deaffest Stalls Fair

Location: Courtyard, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT

Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Throughout the day at Light House you can browse the stalls fair out on the courtyard. Join in the activities, try some delicious food, buy a selection of original art and craft or source the information you need from deaf related businesses.



Art & Photography Exhibition

Location: Main Gallery, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT

An Art and Photography exhibition by deaf artists will be on display in the main gallery at Light House. Click here to find out who will be exhibiting their work.



“Macbrew” Performance

Location: Lock Works Cafe, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT

Times: 11.00am – 11.25am and 2.30pm – 2.55pm

Macbrew is an exciting new theatre piece for families which brings together Shakespeare, British Sign Language and spoken English. Three characters based on the weird sisters of Shakespeare’s Macbeth meet in a cafe to recite an incantation from the play and summon the spirit of Shakespeare!


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Acting Masterclass with Brian Duffy and Sean Berdy

(Suitable for over 18)

Location: Unit 19, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT.

Times: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Join award-winning actor, director, and screenwriter Brian Duffy and Sean Berdy from Switched at Birth for a fun, interactive workshop where you will learn valuable acting techniques from these talented and humorous actors. Both experienced and aspiring actors are welcome to attend.

Pre-booking required – please email jackie@zebra-access.com to book your place.



Giuseppe Giuranna Visual Vernacular Workshop

(Suitable for over 18)

Location: Unit 18, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT.

Times: 11.15am – 1.45pm

“VV Maestro” Giuseppe Giuranna from Berlin gives students a unique opportunity to learn this fascinating art from a world expert!

This workshop is now FULL.



Deaf Performing Arts Network presentation by Sean Forbes

Location: Studio Cinema, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT

Times: 11.30am – 12.30pm

Who is Sean Forbes? He’s from Detroit, he’s a musician, an entertainer and is the co-founder of D-PAN, the nonprofit organisation that has been making music accessible to the deaf community in American Sign Language for 10 years. He released a music album with the same label that produced Eminem, and he has danced with Marlee Matlin. A little over a year ago he started DPAN.TV, The Sign Language Channel, which has created a central location for sign language videos and a news programme called DTV News, featuring Deaf News Anchors. Recently he also started his own record label called Two Blown Speakers….. if Sean Forbes can do all this, just think what you could achieve!

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Young Deaffest

Location: Cinema One

Times: 12.30pm – 2.00pm

This year, Young Deaffest will be hosted by presenters from ‘Up For It?’, BSL Zone Kids’ fantastic new programme. Come along and see the entries and the winners of the Young Deaffest Film Award and the Poster Competition. Don’t miss our special feature – Deaffest’s first ever Signed Song Music Video, starring Rosa Lee Timm (from the USA) and Chris Fonseca (from the UK), along with deaf children that attended the NDCS’ ‘Raising the Bar’ event. You will also be able to watch the top three films that have been produced by young deaf people.

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The Crimplene Crusaders by Vamos Theatre

Location: Courtyard, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT

Times: 2.00pm – 2.30pm, 3.00pm – 3.30pm and 4.00pm – 4.30pm

These octogenarian upholders of moral values are out and about with one thing on their minds: to keep standards high. Our twin-set clad campaigners will keep a firm eye out for any slouching, flirting, or hand-holding, making sure that good old fashioned values are championed. And on very special occasions, they may be persuaded to let their hair down and demonstrate some unrivalled disco moves to their favourite modern music. With The Crimplene Crusaders around, who needs superheroes?



An Afternoon with Sean Berdy

Location: Cinema One, Light House Media, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT

Times: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Sean Berdy, best known for his portrayal of the “Deaf James Dean” character, Emmett, on “Switched at Birth,” delivers motivational speeches for a multitude of events. Sean uses warmth and humour to inspire audiences by using his own compelling life story as an example of what one can achieve if they set aside limitations and never stop believing in themselves. Deaffest attendees can look forward to engaging directly with Sean following his inspirational presentation when he opens the floor to questions and closes with an opportunity to personally say hello and perhaps snap a fun picture or two!

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John Smith Adults Comedy Workshop

(Suitable for age 16 and over)

Location: Cinema Two, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT.

Times: 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Try your skills at comedy performance with tips and inspiration from our comedy expert John Smith. John is a profoundly deaf comedian and actor, touring his hugely successful shows throughout the UK, Europe and internationally.

Pre-booking required – please email jackie@zebra-access.com to book your place.


International Creative Collaborations

Location: Cinema One

Times: 3.30pm – 4.10pm

Taking place on stage, with audience participation, this panel discussion aims to look at ways in which deaf artists, filmmakers or actors can collaborate with professionals abroad. It will address topics such as: Is there a lack of international collaboration currently, and if so, why? Finding and establishing international working relationships. Identifying beneficial working relationships and the opportunities this offers. The potential barriers/ difficulties in building/ maintaining international working relationships

(This event will be interpreted)