Derby SignFest 2019

9 - 15 September 2019

Derby Signfest is a new festival happening across Derby, celebrating and raising awareness of sign language, and the fact that Derby has the second largest Deaf community outside of London.

There is an exciting week planned of theatre, workshops, family activities, tours, arts & sports activities for schools, BSL film festival, subtitled films and much much more. There is something in the festival for everyone, people of all ages both Deaf and hearing.

There will be a pop up Deaf history & heritage museum throughout the week in the Derby Theatre Bistro area, open to all and free of charge. 

Events include;

City Centre Ghost Tour - 9 - 11 Sep

City Centre Ghost Tour, meet at 6:45pm, look around the Cornmarket, the Fish Market, and two famous haunted pubs.... read more

Royal Crown Derby Tour - 9 Sep

Join us for a tour of the Royal Crown Derby factory, a world famous factory for making bone china, with a history of over 260 years.... read more

Kellie Moody Beauty Demo - 9 Sep

Kellie Moody, who is deaf, is an established and experienced make up artist who has done countless makeovers for celebrities and women acros... read more

Friargate Ghost Tour - 10 - 12 Sep

This tour is around Friargate, you will look around Derby Goal which used to be 2 to 3 different jails. We will look around Vernon gate, whe... read more

Body Confidence Workshop - 11 Sep

Meet Trudi Collier, a Psychotherapist, who will educate us on how to become positive of our bodies and minds - and be proud to be deaf women... read more

Pride Park Stadium Tour - 11 Sep

Ever wondered what it's like to make the journey out of the home changing room and down the tunnel?... read more

Variety Showcase - 11 Sep

Join us for our Variety Showcase, at Derby Theatre, hosted by Donna Mullings.... read more

Gavin Lilley - 13 -14 Sep

Gavin Lilley - 13 -14 Sep

Comedy, Festivals

Originally from Essex, Gavin has travelled all over Europe and has now settled in Helsinki, Finland.... read more

Derby Signfest Afternoon Tea - 13 - 15 Sep

Join us for a delicious afternoon at Derby Theatre on Friday 13 Sept, 1-3pm.... read more

Derby Deaf Club Quiz - 14 Sep

Derby Deaf Club is happy to be supporting Derby Signfest by bringing back their Deaf Quiz.... read more

Derby SignFest - Sign Sync Animation - 14 Sep

Join Digital Participation Curator John Whall in exploring digital animation techniques to communicate in British Sign Language (BSL) as par... read more

Derby Theatre Open Day - 15 Sep

Come backstage at Derby Theatre and explore how the Theatre works, take part in free activities and learn more about what we do.... read more

You've Got Dragons - 15 Sep

“Dragons come when you least expect it. You turn round…and they’re there.”... read more

Encounters Deaf Shorts 2019 + Q&A - 15 Sep

Encounters Deaf Shorts 2019 is a new collection of live action short films that aim to normalise on screen D/deafness.... read more


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