Hello, this is Robin Ash from the BDA here.
Look at this beautiful view, guess where am I? I’m in Derby. So why am I here? Well I am here to inform you of an amazing, big event that will happen here in Derby – Signfest. This is the first ever Signfest to celebrate BSL and spread this out here. You can download the Signfest Programme by clicking here.
So when will this take place? It will be from 9th September to 15th September. So where did Signfest come from? Well it was a group idea to arrange this, they were Derby Theatre, Communication Unlimited and the Royal School for the Deaf, Derby. There have been other parties involved such as the BDA who are delighted to be supporting this event along with Derby City Council, the Quad and This is Derby in order to make Signfest happen.
The aim is to inform the wider community that Derby is the second largest Deaf community that uses BSL. Many people do not know about us or Sign Language this is how Signfest came about.
There will be lots of different activities happening that week. There will be an opportunity to visit a Deaf Museum to look at historical artifacts linked to Deaf. There will be theatre shows plus cinema showings, a sports festival for children, drama and many, many more taking place during the week of Signfest.
So if you want more information about this event please look at their website
The BDA are very delighted to be supporting Signfest in Derby, the BDA will be involved in giving people the opportunity to people to learn about Deaf cultural awareness and BSL tasters for those people who want to know more in order to celebrate our wonderful BSL.
I hope you will all come along between 9th September and 15th September, for more information please see the website.