Celebrating Deaf Culture at SociGO’s Film and Arts Festival

On Friday, 29 September 2023, SociGO hosted an extraordinary Film and Arts Festival that highlighted the vibrant and diverse talents within the Deaf community. The event, which commenced at 17:00, was a resounding success, drawing attention to the cultural richness and artistic prowess of Deaf artists from around the globe.

A Stellar Line-Up of Performers

The festival featured Handspeak, a renowned group of Deaf performers from Korea, who mesmerized the audience with their captivating acts. Their performance was a testament to the universal language of art, transcending barriers and connecting with attendees on a profound level.

Joining Handspeak were several talented South African Deaf artists, including the dynamic Rainbow Warriors, the innovative Tamatie, the expressive poet Ismael Mansoor, and the distinguished SA Theatre Group LWuD. The SA Theatre Group LWuD presented powerful excerpts from the play "Pink Tax," which were further enriched by the professional performance of a South African Sign Language (SASL) interpreter. Additionally, the festival showcased a selection of thought-provoking films created by Deaf artists, offering a window into their unique perspectives and stories.

Beyond Performances: Workshops and Community Engagement SociGO’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment extended beyond the performances. In collaboration with Handspeak, SociGO organized workshops at various schools across Gauteng. These workshops provided invaluable opportunities for students to engage with Deaf culture, learn basic sign language, and appreciate the artistry and resilience of Deaf performers. The interactions were both educational and inspirational, leaving a lasting impact on the participants.

Looking Forward

As the festival concluded, the positive energy and sense of community were palpable. SociGO’s commitment to celebrating and supporting Deaf artists remains unwavering, and the success of this event promises even more vibrant and inclusive festivals in the future. We look forward to continuing our journey of promoting Deaf culture and providing platforms for Deaf artists to share their incredible talents with the world.

Stay tuned for more exciting events and initiatives from SociGO as we strive to create a more inclusive and connected world through the power of the arts.


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Wits School of Education, 27 St Andrews Road,
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