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A new festival that will be the center of art and culture for the deaf

An event designed to welcome deaf and hearing people.

The Edinburgh Deaf Festival in August offers a whole new artistic and cultural experience for deaf and hearing people.

It offers everything from drama, comedy and cabaret to magic, tours and exhibitions.

One of the highlights is the 5-hour deflab in the St. James Quarter underground car park. The club event will feature DJ Chinaman, MC Geezer, DJ Ceri Karma, Jia McKenzie, Billy Reid and many more, as well as dance acts signed by singers and rappers.

The only festival in Scotland, held from 12th to 19th August, it celebrates the culture, language and heritage of the deaf and what Edinburgh has in abundance.

The event is organized by Deaf Action, the world’s first deaf organization. They were founded in his city in 1835 and have been based on Albany Street (where many festival events are held) since 1889.

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Highlights include:

  • Perspectives with Gavin: International stand-up Gavin Lilley shares his experience as a deaf person navigating the world of hearing.
  • spill a drink: Deaf cabaret run by Glasgow’s Solar Bear Theater Company.
  • Funny Punny Magic Show: with Tricky Ricky.
  • Once Upon A Raindrop: A fun and entertaining magic show for toddlers with sensory games and magic tricks.

There will also be exhibits, screenings and workshops on the history of the deaf. For more information, visit the Edinburgh Deaf Festival website.

I have high hopes that it will become an annual event.

Deaf Action CEO Philip Gerard said: he wanted to change this.

“Therefore, we ran a week of events dedicated to deaf culture, in parallel with our accessible festival season. It is right that Edinburgh should celebrate, promote and raise the visibility of Deaf culture and awareness of Deaf issues.

“We want deaf visitors to be able to participate in performances with interpretation and captions in the morning, see deaf artists in the afternoon, and socialize at the deaf bar in the evening. I think the best of both worlds.

We want to engage the Deaf community in other festivals and integrate them with cultural celebrations.

“This will be reciprocated by non-deaf festival-goers who can be booked to see deaf performers and transported to a deaf world for an immersive experience.”

Jamie Rea, Shona McCarthy Fringe Society CEO and Philip Gerard all use BSL

The Edinburgh Deaf Festival is established and operated in close cooperation with the Fringe Society.

Fringe Society CEO Shona McCarthy said: It’s great to see Deaf Action and the entire community working together to create such an inclusive program.

“I think this will continue, and I hope it will be added to the festival landscape every year.”

Performances will include a mix of deaf and deaf artists and will be interpreted and captioned as needed.

The festival will also feature activities to spotlight, celebrate and promote rich deaf-driven stories inspired, written and created in Scotland as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 .