Arts funding restored in Scotland – what we hope it means for Edinburgh Deaf Festival

22/12/2023

With the Scottish Budget being announced on Tuesday 19 December, we are encouraged to see some funding being restored to the arts in Scotland. After Edinburgh Deaf Festival was denied funding for on two occasions by Creative Scotland, we hope this means more deaf-led projects will be fairly funded in the coming years. Deaf Action’s Edinburgh Deaf Festival is just …

How to support Edinburgh Deaf Festival

14/12/2023

Edinburgh Deaf Festival has launched a campaign to rally supporters after being denied funding, putting our festival at risk. Despite our impact on the deaf community, deaf arts, and the wider festival landscape, Creative Scotland has denied funding to Edinburgh Deaf Festival. Now, the future of our inclusive celebration is uncertain. We need your help and support to secure the …

Edinburgh Deaf Festival is at risk due to funding decision

10/12/2023

Edinburgh Deaf Festival has had two funding applications rejected by Creative Scotland, putting the future of the festival at risk. Edinburgh Deaf Festival faces an uncertain future after being denied funding by Creative Scotland. Our festival, which was launched in 2022, has come to establish itself as an integral part of the Edinburgh Festival family. Our work in creating a …

Edinburgh Deaf Festival ‘Highly Commended’ at Diversity Awards

18/10/2023

We are excited to announce that Edinburgh Deaf Festival was highly commended in the ‘Diversity Campaign of the Year’ category at the Herald & GenAnalytics Diversity Awards 2023. The award ceremony, which took place on 12 October, celebrated the work undertaken by organisations to help break down barriers, improve accessibility and promote diversity across Scotland. Edinburgh Deaf Festival was ‘highly …

Edinburgh Deaf Festival merchandise

30/08/2023

Did you miss out on grabbing some awesome Edinburgh Deaf Festival merchandise during the festival? No worries – you can still get your hands on some hoodies and t-shirts! Head over to Dunbar T-Shirt Shop and explore a fantastic range of festival clothing available in sizes XS to 3XL. The best part? It’s all just a click away, delivered straight …

Hitting the streets with StreetSigns

14/08/2023

We hit the streets during the Fringe yesterday for our first ever ‘StreetSigns’! We had a great day teaching British Sign Language (BSL) at the Fringe’s Taster Stage on The Mound. Our team of staff, interpreters, and young people took to the streets of Edinburgh to teach, engage, and spread awareness of BSL and deaf culture. StreetSigns was set up …

ASLI sponsor Health and Wellbeing at Edinburgh Deaf Festival

11/08/2023

We are proud to announce that ASLI (Association of Sign Language Interpreters and Translators) is now the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ sponsor of this year’s Edinburgh Deaf Festival.   Their sponsorship will go towards the vital wellbeing of all volunteers, interpreters, captioners, performers and staff during the festival by providing wellbeing resources, healthy food and refreshments, as well as a relaxing massage chair. The massage …

SignLive and House of Hearing to sponsor Edinburgh Deaf Festival

23/06/2023

We are thrilled to announce our sponsors for this year’s Edinburgh Deaf Festival are SignLive and House of Hearing. Our headline sponsor is SignLive, a renowned BSL interpreting on-demand service. As a deaf-led organisation with a commitment to improving communication access, they are a perfect fit for the festival and we look forward to working together. Fiona Mackay, Chief Operating …

Edinburgh Deaf Festival 2023 programme launch

22/06/2023

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Edinburgh Deaf Festival programme has officially launched and tickets are now on sale! Join us from 11 – 20 August 2023 to see some of the finest deaf talent from across Scotland and the UK. We are proud to present a captivating programme featuring over 60 events, including theatre performances, comedy shows, workshops, tours, and …

Edinburgh Deaf Festival 2023 dates announced

20/09/2022

Following the success of the inaugural Edinburgh Deaf Festival, we are delighted to announce it will be back next year, taking place from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 August 2023.  Organised by Deaf Action, this year’s festival was a celebration of deaf culture, language and identity. With over 100 performances including comedy, theatre, cabaret, and heritage tours, the festival put …