Raising the Bar - celebrating the success of deaf young performers
We are looking for deaf young people who are the performing stars of today, to Raise the Bar and show the world how good they are!
- Enter Raising the Bar
- New for 2017 - a Signed Song Music video!
- More details about Raising the Bar 2017
- Raising the Bar 2017 partners
- Music and Performing Arts resources
The ‘Raising the Bar’ project was developed by the National Deaf Children’s Society in 2015 to drive expectations of what deaf children and young people in the UK can achieve in performing arts. Now in our third year, Raising the Bar gives young stars from all over the UK the opportunity to meet leading deaf professionals in the arts industry and to perform on stage together.
See below for an amazing short film where our 12 stars from the very first Raising the Bar tell you about their experience at the fantastic REP Theatre in central Birmingham!
Raising the Bar 2015 Film
Enter Raising the Bar
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New for 2017 - a Signed Song Music video!
In partnership with Deaffest, we are delighted to announce, new for 2017 - a fourth workshop, to create a music signed song video! Led by world famous Rosa Lee Timm who starred in the viral video of Pharrell Williams 'Happy' at Deaf Camp in America, young deaf people will have the opportunity to star in a new video!
More details about Raising the Bar 2017
The masterclass will be led by successful professional deaf artists, from Music and the Deaf, Deafinitely Theatre and Deaf Man Dancing and Deaffest.
At the end of the weekend, there will a chance to perform in a spectacular showcase on an amazing stage at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre!
Anyone can come to the showcase, but please reserve your seats in advance. For more information or to book tickets, please go to the event on Eventbrite here: https://raisingthebar2017.eventbrite.co.uk
We appreciate that some parents and carers may be concerned about travel costs or other associated costs. Accommodation for the child and one parent, and food for the child during the workshops will be provided.
For families where costs are a barrier for their deaf child to attend please get in touch with us as the Inclusion Grant may be able to help. Just email email@example.com for more information.
Young people and their parent or carer will need to check out the competition Terms and Conditions before they enter.
If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing us.
Raising the Bar 2017 partners
We are pleased to be working with the following organisations on Raising the Bar 2017:
Music and the Deaf - www.matd.org.uk
Deaf Men Dancing -www.marksmithproduction.com/deafmendancing
Deafinitely Theatre - www.deafinitelytheatre.co.uk
Deaffest, in partnership with the Arts Council and Zebra Access:
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre - http://ruddockpac.co.uk/
Music and Performing Arts resources
We have a number of resources that are available to support professionals working with deaf children and young people.
- How to make music activities accessible for deaf children and young people
- Music exams - Information on the adaptations available for deaf young candidates
- Making arts activities deaf friendly
- Making arts venues deaf friendly
If you would like more information or some extra support, please contact the Inclusive Activities team at firstname.lastname@example.org.