‘Until the Stars Burn Out’ submission for Issue 3 now open

“Until the Stars Burn Out” is an online art and poetry journal, published twice a year, to correspond with the autumnal and vernal equinoxes.

We are interested in work exploring space, astronomy, stars, cosmology and our place in the Universe. We interpret this broadly; indeed, we are looking for diversity of different viewpoints and perspectives. Still, there may be scope for the obvious as well as the startling. We want to fill our pages with wonder and beauty, but won’t shy away from bleakness or injustice. We want to look out towards new worlds, but still understand our own. We want pieces that make us think, daydream, and reflect on both the vastness of our universe, and the common heritage of all life on earth.

The submission window for Issue 3 is now OPEN between July 1st 2019 and Aug 31st 2019. Issue 3 will be released in the autumn. Please read the submission guidelines carefully, particularly since these have been updated since the last issue.

“Until the Stars Burn Out” is designed and edited by Maya Horton.

You can read the current issue (March 2019) here, and the previous issue here. Please note we are migrating to a new system, and there may be some temporary difficulties with viewing old issues whilst that occurs.

Exciting news from Taking Flight Theatre Company

We’re opening a Youth Theatre for young D/deaf & Hard of Hearing people  Autumn 2019 in Cardiff!

 

 

 

 

                                                                            For 4 years we have been dreaming of a Deaf lead youth theatre specifically for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing young people in Wales. London has one… why not Cardiff? Some of you might remember that we ran a couple of week long summer schools back in 2015 during which we met some wonderfully inspiring young people (one of whom now works for ITV no less!)

2 years ago we began the long process of applying for funding. And now we’re here to announce to the world… to shout- and sign- from the rooftops that we’ve made it. BBC Children in Need have approved our application to run a youth theatre in Cardiff for 3 years.

The Youth Theatre- yet to be named- will run out of The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, and we want to say a massive diolch to them for supporting this project.

There will be 3 age groups: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-18 so little ones won’t have to wait long until they can join!
All the groups will be lead by a Deaf facilitator and sessions will run in BSL and English, with interpreters present too.

Throughout the 3 years, there will be bags of opportunities for young people to perform, to share what they’ve learnt, to get involved in the non performing aspects of theatre production, to grow in confidence and to be inspired. At least once a year we’ll be organising trips to see the very best in Deaf lead theatre and performance. We’ll also be bringing in inspiring Deaf creatives and theatre practitioners to work with our young groups on specific skills. We just cannot wait to be doing all these things, and for our Deaf leaders to be inspiring the #DeafTalent of the future.

So what does this mean to you?

Perhaps you know of a D/deaf or Hard of Hearing young person who would like to join. If you do, drop me an email on
[email protected] 
and we can make sure they know when we open in the Autumn. If they’re currently too young, let us know anyway and we can put them on the waiting list.

Perhaps you’re over 18 and would like to volunteer. If this is the case, also drop me a line and we can discuss this in more detail. We’re especially keen to hear from potential volunteers who have some BSL skills.

Keep an eye out on our website and social media too as we’ll be recruiting very soon for a Deaf leader and an assistant facilitator. Could either of these roles be you?

Perhaps you’re a Deaf arts professional who has a skill you’d like to share with our groups.

And look out as we’ll be inviting people to our sharings once the youth theatres start creating.

In the meantime, we’ve applied to be part of the Christmas Big Give to raise further funds to support the Youth Theatre. If you think you could be one of our start off big pledgers (rather than a donor during Big Give Week) let us know and we can send you a pledge form. We need to raise £1250 by the 30th August in pledges to be part of the week.

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Help raise funds for DAC when you shop on line

Thank you to all our supporters who are raising funds for us when using the Easy Fundraising  site to shop on line.
We have raised £149.86 so far.
If you haven’t signed up yet please visit http://efraising.org/BwL9Gq2fLs

 

 

You can also raise funds for us if  you shop on line through Amazon Smile.  We have raised £29.38 so far.

If you haven’t signed up yet please visit https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/charity/homepage.html and nominate DAC as your chosen charity

Thank you for supporting DAC

See Around Britain! – accessibility travel app

 

 

Our groundbreaking photo travel app, gives visitors an advance look inside public venues, enabling the user to check out if it is suitable for their interests or needs, including families with young children, older citizens, or individuals with a wide range of impairments.  

Please have a look at what we do – 

See Around Britain & See Around Europe form a huge photo gazetteer throughout the UK and Ireland and mainland Europe, designed for everybody, including disabled people, to help decide if a venue will be suitable for visits.

Everything from transport access to washroom facilities can be viewed in a series of photographs of the venue. View the suitability and accessibility before you plan to visit or arrive at the venue.

Information about Touch Trust

Touch Trust provides person-centered sessions, which contain a varied programme, including music, movement, massage and relaxation. We also employ sensory integration techniques, such as focusing on proprioceptive awareness.

 

We are inclusive and open to all ages and abilities. Many of our “Guests” are on the autistic spectrum, have learning disabilities or other complex needs.  We celebrate the successes and abilities of our Guests, regardless of how nuanced these may be.  we promote  creative expression, communication and self-esteem, encouraging our Guests to achieve their potential in our supportive environment.  Above all, we foster a fun and enjoyable atmosphere!

 

Why not come along to find out what’s on each week?  You can also visit us on our facebook page (www.facebook.com/TouchTrust) or call us on 02920635660 for more information

http://www.touchtrust.co.uk/

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The Big MaDCaff Project – Volunteers and performers needed

The Big MaDCaff Project has started – now we need YOU

Yes, very excitingly, we have begun work on the project and now all we need is several dozen volunteers, a load of venues, lots of training, a sackful of cake and a jamboree of Musicians, Dancers and performers of any kind.
Click here for more information about this exciting project

Your DAC membership needs to be renewed (please)

We would like to thank all our members for supporting Disability Arts Cymru over the past year.  Our new membership year commenced on 1st April and we have been contacting our members asking them to renew their membership once again

All members have been contacted by email or post by  Sue Pound, our Finance  and Administration Coordinator, giving details of how  to renew membership and reminders have recently been issued . Thanks to all our members who have renewed their membership.  However, if you haven’t done so  yet, please could you respond as soon as possible so that we can continue to keep you on our contact database.  If you would like to renew your membership via our website you can do so by clicking on this  link.

If you have any queries about renewing your membership or need assistance with the form, please ring our Cardiff office on 02920551040 and we will be happy to help – please note that the office is staffed  on Monday-Thursdays only.

Please note that our Annual General Meeting will be on 1st July 2019 at The Temple of Peace,  Cardiff.  We will only be able to send out information about that meeting to those who have renewed their membership.

Thank you for continuing to support DAC.

Disability Arts Online and Graeae Present….

The Disability And…Podcast

Disability Arts Online, the leading publication for disability arts is joining forces with Graeae, one of the world’s most prominent disability-led theatre companies to deliver the Disability And…Podcast. The first episode, Disability And…Representation launched on May 20th on all major podcast platforms.

The Disability And…Podcast promises to get right to the heart of some of the most pressing issues in arts, culture and beyond with a series of bold, provocative and insightful interviews with disabled artists, key industry figures and the odd legend.

The first episode in the series, Disability And…Representation features a conversation between Deputy Artistic Director at Birmingham Rep (and former Associate Director of Graeae), Amit Sharma and Writer, Actor, Campaigner and Graeae Patron, Mat Fraser. They speak candidly about Mat’s remarkable career, his punk background and how he became politicised around disability rights following a particularly difficult audition.

Graeae has been a force for change in theatre and the wider world for nearly 40 years and Disability Arts Online has for some time been the home for critique and debate about disability arts and culture. Together they hope to tackle today’s burning topics, stir debate and have some laughs along the way.

Initially, The Disability And…Podcast will be released on a monthly basis and will be available on the Disability Arts Online and Graeae websites, on Graeae and Disability Arts Online’s dedicated Soundcloud and also via many of the leading podcast services including:

Spotify; TuneIn;  Stitcher;  ACast;  Blubrry;  Apple Podcasts/iTunes

If you know of any other channels that you’d like this podcast to be available on, please email [email protected]

The Disability And…Podcast will be edited by Ian Rattray for Clear Voice Enterprises, experts in accessible audio.

The second episode of The Disability And…Podcast, launching in June, will be ‘Disability And…Psychiatry’ featuring Colin Hambrook and disabled artist gobscure in conversation about the history of the representation of mental health and psychiatry within the arts. They will be looking at the contribution of writers, artists and thinkers from the 18th century to the present; from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jessie Kesson.

Future episodes will include topics such as comedy, activism, television and human rights. Listeners can send comments, questions and suggestions via the hashtag #DisabilityAnd

To listen to the first episode and for more information please go here

Please don’t forget to renew your membership

We would like to thank all our members for supporting Disability Arts Cymru over the past year.  Our new membership year commenced on 1st April and we have been contacting our members asking them to renew their membership once again

Please note that is a requirement of the updated Data Protection rules that we contact our members every year to ensure we have their correct contact details and update their preferences for how we contact them.  Unless we hear from members by the end of May 2019 we will have to remove their details form our contact database which will mean that we will not be able to send them our weekly e-bulletins with DAC news.  We do not want to lose any members but we potentially face heavy fines if we do not comply with the law.

All members have been contacted by email or post by  Sue Pound, our Finance  and Administration Coordinator, giving details of how  to renew membership and reminders have recently been issued . Thanks to all our members who have renewed their membership.  However, if you haven’t done so  yet, please could you respond as soon as possible so that we can continue to keep you on our contact database.  If you would like to renew your membership via our website you can do so by clicking on this  link.

If you have any queries about renewing your membership or need assistance with the form, please ring our Cardiff office on 02920551040 and we will be happy to help.

Please note that our Annual General Meeting will be on 1st July 2019 at The Temple of Peace,  Cardiff.  We will only be able to send out information abou that meeting to those who have renewed their membership.

Thank you for continuing to support DAC.