Deaf Diaspora 2017


In this September 21st to 1st October 2017, it will be our 8th festival!

Our theme this year is Access to Arts

This year we are celebrating Art (theatre, dance, visual art) made by Deaf people and exploring the influence of this on the mainstream. There will be workshop, demonstrations, talks, discussions and stalls.

Why ‘Diaspora’ as our theme, who is it aimed at?

Our primary aim is to demonstrate, both to deaf people and society that deaf people have unity through culture and language, which transpires across national and cultural boundaries.

Why Deaf art and culture?

Art and Culture is something that the Deaf Community has unique perspectives on. Our way of life is visually-oriented and it has had a profound impact on how we express ourselves aesthetically. While this art has existed for many years, it receives little attention outside of the closed community spaces.

The event seeks to go beyond the pathological fear of hearing loss, and move towards the celebration of Deafhood; to welcome all to the world of Deaf people.


We chose the colours turquoise (main) and orange (minor) due to the increase in recognition of turquoise being the colour of the Deaf, and the Brighton colour. The hands and map represent sign language all over the world.


Thursday 21st September              BSL

Theatre Royal Brighton has a performance with Stagetext (captioned) at 7.45pm.

Book your tickets: Driving Miss Daisy performance

Wednesday 27th September

A) Our Space at Eastbourne Town Hall at 7pm to 9pm.

The venue details is on DeafCOG website: Our Space

B) Cinema Screening: ‘Desert Hearts’ with captioned at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton at 7.30pm.

Book your tickets or more information: Desert Hearts

Saturday 30th September                  BSL

The event will be held at Brighton Dome cafe and Founders room.

10am to 4pm: Stalls will be set up at the cafe-bar space.

10am to 4pm: The talks and discussion will be at Founders Room.

12.30pm & 3pm: The Backstage Tour at Brighton Dome.

(Must write your name down at Deaf Diaspora stall before 12 noon.)

Evening: Kings & Queen Pub for our gathering!

Saturday 30th September to Wednesday 4th October  – Relay Ramble

DeafCOG are delighted to announce a 5-day Relay Ramble Challenge in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and Kent from Saturday, 30 September to Wednesday, 4th October 2017 to help raise money for the Deaf Community.

Thursday 21st September to Sunday 1st October 

Royal Pavilion has provided audio guide in BSL! It opens at 9.30am to 5.45pm and make sure you ask for BSL audio guide. If you want to know all the details around this pavilion, go to their website for more information.

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