An event where Deaf people took centre stage

Deaf culture is recognised under article 30, paragraph 4 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: “Persons with disabilities shall be entitled, on an equal basis with others, to recognition and support of their specific cultural and linguistic identity, including sign languages and deaf culture.”

Held on the 24 January 2015 at the Rich Mix Centre, London, doors opened at 11am for the daytime events and reopened at 7pm till late for the evening performance.

Comedians, performers, dancers, artists, musicians, film-makers and creatives joined together for an unbelievable showcase.

Incloodu’s mission is to elevate the profile of absolutely everything related to Deaf culture.
Deaf culture is recognised under article 30, paragraph 4 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: “Persons with disabilities shall be entitled, on an equal basis with others, to recognition and support of their specific cultural and linguistic identity, including sign languages and deaf culture.”

By night, Incloodu became a party for over-18s featuring comedians, such as John Smith, alongside ‘gypskazz’ band The Londinos and sound artists Mikkoko. A deaf rave then followed, featuring DJs Chris Tofu and Chinaman.

Incloodu is an annual showcase of culturally expressive work that clearly illustrates the richness and societal value of people who are not ‘hearing’. 

“We are very aware that within our community there are many interpretations of what it means to be ‘deaf’. Not all deaf people choose to use sign as their first language or define themselves as ‘disabled’.” – Incloodu directors: Mark Bushell, Ruby Sehra and Amanda Jane Richards

By day there were free workshops in art, music and dance for children and families. Plus exhibitions and performance that featured sign-song, visual vernacular artists, drumming, photography and juggling, amongst many others. 

OVER 12,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE FESTIVAL!

Visit: incloodu.co.uk
Published in BDN March 2015 issue