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Supporting deaf artists with funding applications

09/04/2024

Are you a deaf artist who wants to get involved in the festival season, but don’t have funds to make it happen? Or do you find it difficult to navigate funding applications? We understand that there can be challenges for deaf artists to access funding opportunities, so we’re here to help. Our expert team can guide you through the process. …

Philip Gerrard, Deaf Mimo, Nadia Nadarajah, and Gavin Lilley outside the Deaf Action's premises for the launch of Edinburgh Deaf Festival.

Edinburgh Deaf Festival to return despite challenges

16/02/2024

We’re thrilled to announce that Edinburgh Deaf Festival will be returning in August 2024 as planned. Despite being refused funding which put the festival at risk, our commitment to promoting deaf arts in Scotland is unwavering. We are continuing to campaign for more support to safeguard the future of Scotland’s only deaf festival.   We’re pleased to be bringing the festival …

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 …

Funding opportunities for deaf creatives in Scotland

16/10/2023

Are you a deaf performer or artist based in Scotland? Creative Scotland is offering funding opportunities to support the development of your creative work. This is your chance to bring your artistic vision to life and make a lasting impact. Who is eligible to apply? If you’re a Scotland-based artist working in the fields of music, theatre, or dance, these …

Edinburgh Deaf Festival 2024 dates announced!

19/09/2023

Great news for all Edinburgh Deaf Festival fans – mark your calendars for 9-18 August 2024, we’ll be back! After the success of our second festival, we’re thrilled to announce the return of our celebration of deaf culture, language, and heritage. We’re grateful to everyone who made the festival so memorable, and we can’t wait to welcome you back next …

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 …

That’s a wrap on Edinburgh Deaf Festival 2023!

22/08/2023

As the curtains fall on only the second Edinburgh Deaf Festival, we’re reflecting on the incredible journey we’ve shared together over the past 10 days. A heartfelt thank you to all the amazing artists and performers who graced our stages, our dedicated staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, every audience member who joined us, plus our invaluable partners and …