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Deaffest comes to Wolverhampton

By Liam Keen | Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton entertainment | Published:

A festival for deaf people returned to Wolverhampton for its 13th year.

Hosted at the Light House in the Chubb Buildings, the festival showed films and documentaries by UK and international deaf filmmakers, had live performances from artists and also had an awards night and late-night party.

Events included workshops for adults and young deaf people, a stalls fair, panel discussion and competitions.

The weekend, from May 17-19, was hosted by Danny Murphy, a deaf teenager who has grown into a social media celebrity and actor.

He told his own story of his rise to fame through an animated presentation and talk about his videos and mainstream film acting.

Workshops and activities were led by a host of deaf professionals, including Russian hip hop dance and finger dance expert Andrey Dragunov, filmmakers Charlie Swinbourne and Brian Duffy, TV presenters Clive Mason and Rosie Benn, storyteller and children’s programme host Donna Mullings.

Live performances took place throughout the weekend including Singapore dance crew Redeafination and American hip hop recording artist Wawa.

An exhibition by Deaf artists and photographers was also on show throughout the whole of May in the main gallery at the Light House.

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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