Friday 6th May 2016

£2 entry at the door (under 16 years – FREE)

6.30pm: Opening Reception

Light refreshments on arrival. Informal chat and networking in the courtyard at Light House.

8.30pm: Launch of Deaffest 2016

(All ages welcome, doors open at 8.00pm)

Launch of Deaffest 2016 in Cinema One. Hosted by Deaffest’s co-founders Nikki Stratton and Marilyn Willrich, with special features on BBC See Hear’s 35th anniversary and BDA’s 125th anniversary. Live entertainment by Rinkoo Barpaga and Matthew Gurney and a special screening of BBC See Hear’s archive clips.

9.30pm: Power In Our Hands

Dir. Angela Spielsinger, UK, 2015 (Dur. 72 mins)

Cinema One, Light House


Power in our Hands is a ground-breaking documentary containing newly digitised archive footage, available to the public for the first time, on the Deaf Community’s fight for civil rights and principally, the right to be heard. Combining social history and archive film with contemporary interviews, and released in the 125th anniversary year of the British Deaf Association, Power in our Hands explores the secret history and heritage of the Deaf community in the UK. Power in our Hands is part of the BDA’s SHARE Deaf Visual Archive Project ( supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

10.15pm: Networking in Lock Works, Light House

(You must be 18 or over to attend the networking event. Please bring your ID with you).