The National Deaf Day has now become a popular global event but has yet to reach the shores of the UK.
The concept encourages deaf people of parallel cultures from many countries to participle in the celebration of cultural capital, social harmonization, knowledge exchange and using the pluralism of sign languages and international sign.
The original concept was a cultural festival, with stalls, performances, exhibition of art and craft and interaction with guest speakers; this event will take it to a new level, an international Diaspora – a true temporary global village unified by Deaf Culture and signed languages.
Why ‘Diaspora’ as our theme, who is it aimed at?
Our primary aim is to demonstrate, both to deaf people and society that deaf people have unity through culture and language, which transpires across national and cultural boundaries.
Why Deaf art and culture?
Art and Culture is something that the Deaf Community has unique perspectives on. Our way of life is visually-oriented and it has had a profound impact on how we express ourselves aesthetically. While this art has existed for many years, it receives little attention outside of the closed community spaces.
The event seeks to go beyond the pathological fear of hearing loss, and move towards the celebration of Deafhood; to welcome all to the world of Deaf people.
We chose the colours turquoise (main) and orange (minor) due to the increase in recognition of turquoise being the colour of the Deaf, and the Brighton colour. The hands and map represent sign language all over the world.