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Raising the Bar 2019

It’s Raising the Bar's fifth birthday!

It's that time of year again, where deaf young people aged 8 to 18 from all around the country take to the stage to show everyone what they can do in music, dance and drama!

Every year we run a big event for young deaf musicians, dancers and actors called Raising the Bar. This is the fifth year, and will take place for two days in Birmingham on 28-29 September 2019. This is an amazing opportunity for deaf young performers from all over the UK to meet others with incredible talents just like them.

It is really important to us that people see the performing arts as something deaf young people can achieve in and do well. We know lots of deaf people who are doing fantastic things in music, dance and theatre!

About Raising the Bar

At Raising the Bar we work with three deaf-led organisations who deliver our music, drama and dance workshops. Leading the workshops are already successful deaf musicians, dancers and actors!

Music and the Deaf

Deafinitely Theatre

Deaf Men Dancing

After a weekend of workshops, rehearsals and lots of fun, families and friends are then invited to attend a showcase performance celebrating the achievements of everyone involved. In 2018, the Raising the Bar showcase was about musicals and everyone were absolute stars!

How to apply 

If you know a deaf young person aged 8 – 18 years old, who is good at music, dancing or acting – why not encourage them to Raise the Bar too!

For a chance to attend Raising the Bar, we ask that deaf young people complete an application form and send a short video of themselves performing for two minutes maximum. We will then let them know if they have been successful in gaining a place.

Please direct them to for full details, application form and the terms and conditions. The deadline to apply is midnight on 21 July.

If you have any questions, please email