Use of Deaffest’s Photos

Should anyone wish to view any of the Deaffest’s photos from our website and Flickr, please use the website link (i.e. where the photographs are available for viewing purposes only.

All Deaffest photos should not be downloaded and/or used without our prior permission.

The photos are not for sale or for publicity use, other than by Deaffest.

Zebra Access/ Deaffest to be one of the partners for ‘Shine A Light’ Project

We are thrilled to be one of the partners for the Creative Black Country’s new art and culture project Shine A Light.

Creative Black Country is one of the organisations to have been awarded £200,000 by the West Midlands Challenge Fund to create an inclusive art and culture project linked to the Commonwealth Games. The funding was made possible through a collaboration between Olympic legacy funder Spirit of 2012 and Birmingham 2022.

Among Zebra Access and Deaffest, other partners include Deaf Explorer, Black Country Touring, Disability Arts in Shropshire (DASH) and Deafscope.

Shine A Light is an inclusive project that will be accessible for d/Deaf, hearing, disabled and non-disabled participants. The performing arts project will focus on the people of the Black Country and through a variety of live taster activities and workshops using mime and theatre, they will tell the stories of local people.

The participants involved in the taster activities will have the opportunity to get involved in regular workshops which will culminate in a touring performance. New work, films, performances and more will be shared during the Birmingham 2022 cultural programme, an arts festival running from March to September 2022.

We look forward to getting involved in this fantastic project and to contributing in supporting and developing the talents of creative deaf people over the next 2 years.

We will keep you updated with any news and additional information.

The Success of HERE/ NOT HERE Event

We recently shared with you news of us hosting the HERE/ NOT HERE watch party and the live online BSL-interpreted panel event with Film Africa.  We hope those who got involved enjoyed themselves! 

It was our first time co-hosting a live streamed event and you can tell from our faces in the photo below how focused we were! Although we were ‘invisibly’ involved, we had a great time watching the panel event from the comfort of our own homes.

The panel discussed various topics regarding HERE/ NOT HERE which gave us an insight into the making of the film, the form of communications used, the process of working together as a team and much more.

“We were thrilled that this live event went so well and proved to be very popular with our audience. We hope you all enjoyed gaining an insight into the making of HERE/ NOT HERE. Deaffest continues championing Deaf Films and Arts and we will endeavour to potentially launch further live Facebook events in the future. So, please stay tuned/ signed-up to our mailing list for updates.” – Founders and Directors of Deaffest Nikki Stratton & Marilyn Willrich

We would like thank everybody involved including Film Africa, the panellists – director Bim Ajadi, writer Jonzi D, cast member Catrina Nisbett, Visual Vernacular consultant Brian Duffy and moderator David Ellington as well as the audience and those who sent in their questions.

If you have not yet seen HERE/ NOT HERE you can view it here.