Light House: Activities and Workshop

£1 entry at the door

9:00am Registration

10:00am – 4:00pm Deaffest Stalls Fair

Throughout the day at the Light House you browse the stalls out in the courtyard. Join in the activities, try our delicious food stalls and watch out for Infiniti – the amazing magician Mark Barber!


10:00am – 11:00am BDAYouth International Workshop (Cinema 2)

Are you curious about deafies all over the world? Want to gain the skills to be able to communicate with them? Then our International Sign workshop is for you! Whether you are a complete beginner or have some International Sign experience, we aim to teach you something new! We will teach any attendees, whether deaf or hearing, big or small, old or young, how to use amazingly visual communication methods that will make you understood anywhere in the world!

11:15am – 12:15pm Paddy Ladd Seminar (Cinema 2)

Dr. Paddy Ladd is a Deaf scholar, author, activist and researcher of Deaf culture. The word “Deafhood” was first developed by Paddy Ladd in 1993. Deafhood acknowledges that ALL Deaf people embark on a journey towards deepening and refining their Deaf selves. Many are content to reside within the “boundaries” of existing Deaf cultures, yet some press on to stretch those boundaries.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Young Deaffest Award

Come along and watch the Young Deaffest film entries and see the winner receive their award for best film. Master of Ceremonies is well known presenter Ashley Kendall and the award will be presented by multi-talented actress and presenter Donna Mullings.


1:00 – 1:45pm Interval



1:45pm – 3:15pm BSLBT Seminar (Main Cinema)

This panel discussion is an opportunity for you to ask the 2014 Zoom film-makers about their experiences making their programmes for the BSL Zone. Come and meet Jean St Clair, John Finn, Thomas Gidden, Melissa Mostyn, Jack Smallwood and Samuel Dore, the Executive Producer of the scheme.


2:30pm – 5:30pm Richard Carter Poetry Workshop (Cinema 2) Pre-booking required

Richard Carter is one of the UK’s foremost Deaf BSL poets with many original sign language poems, stories, performances, to his name.  No interpreter present at this workshop.

3:15pm – 4:00pm Women Filmmakers Panel (Main Cinema)

A panel of professional female filmmakers will bring their expertise to Deaffest and discuss their experiences of being a woman working the media industry and the surrounding issues.


Arena Theatre (Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE): Activities & Workshops

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10:00am – 12:00pm Jayne Fletcher Sign Song Workshop (Seminar Room) Pre-booking required.  Suitable for ages 11-18.

“As a deaf person myself I love music, music is my passion. Throughout my Sign Song workshop you will learn how deaf people can appreciate music too. You will discover how the lyrics are interpreted into a visual language using sign and facial expressions as music comes to life through your hands. This fun workshop is suitable for signers and non-signers alike!”


10:00am – 1:00pm Giuseppe Giuranna VV Workshop (Tilstone Studio) Pre-booking required.  Open to all ages.

VV expert Giuseppe Giuranna from Italy gives attendees a unique opportunity to learn this fascinating art form from a world expert!

2:30am – 4:30pm Giuseppe Giuranna VV Workshop (Tilstone Studio) Pre-booking required. Suitable for ages 11-18.


10:00am – 4:00pm Kids Deaf-Led BSL Event: Full Day Workshop (Main Theatre) Pre-booking required. Suitable for ages 5-11

10:00am – 1:00pm Handprint Theatre Performance and Workshop

Time for an adventure… or misadventure! Our characters try to escape the concrete jungle of the city and head for the sun, shame that they are not built for the great outdoors! A family show using closing, visual storytelling and a little bit of madness! Join us in our family workshops to try out some drama skills, meet new people, dress up and the chance to be a bit silly! This is an opportunity to create new stories, and play with the different visual ways we can tell them.

1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch supervised by the Handprint staff at Arena Theatre

2:00pm – 4:00pm Deafinitely Theatre Drama Workshop

Deafinitely Theatre delivers its renowned theatre workshops for young people. There’s a lot of fun and enjoyment while Deafinitely Theatre staff teach your 5 – 11 years old the basic of acting.

Fee Per child: Due to limited places a £5.00 non refundable deposit is required with priority given to Deaf Children and their siblings.


 University of Wolverhampton: Activities and Workshops

11:00am or 12:00pm or 2:00pm University Tours (Dur. approx 45 minutes)

Interested in studying for a degree at the University of Wolverhampton? Come on a walking tour of the City campus led by current Deaf students. You can have a look around and ask any questions you may have about living and studying here. Book your place at our University of Wolverhampton stand on the courtyard at the Light House.


2:00pm – 5:00pm Bim Ajadi Workshop (Room MK 213, School of Arts and Design) Pre-booking required. Open to all ages.

Bim Ajadi is a Deaf filmmaker and director known for his cinematic and versatile work in film, music videos and television. This workshop is for filmmakers of any learning level and for those who want to learn about software in FCPX and film-making editing techniques. Participants can either work in pairs or alone. No interpreter present at this workshop.

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