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Raising the Bar 2020


Raising The Bar is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever!

It’s that time of year again, where deaf young people from all around the country aged 8 to 18 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 sixth year, and will take place for five days in the West Midlands on 26-30 May 2020. 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 three days 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 2019, the Raising the Bar showcase was about time travel and everyone involved were absolute stars!

2020 event

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.

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!

Please direct them to for full details, application form and the terms and conditions.

The deadline is midnight on Sunday 22nd March 2020. 

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]