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Deaf Day

Deaf Day returned to City Lit after a three year break because of the pandemic.

More than 2,000 people came together on Saturday 23 April 2022 to celebrate Deaf culture and provision. It was an opportunity for the Deaf community to come together to socialise and network with organisations and charities from across the UK. 
A lot had changed since Deaf Day 2019. The new Gallery enabled us to host Stephen Iliffe’s marvellous Deaf Mosaic exhibition, which brings together stunning images of Deaf people from across the country; and the newly refurbished second floor was one of the main floors filled by exhibitors. 
The one-day event, which is completely free to attend, was made possible with support from sponsors including: SignVideo, SignLive, Lipspeaker UK and City & Guilds. A huge variety of organisations attended the event, including a number of deaf schools, colleges and universities such as Wolverhampton and Heriot-Watt, arts organisations like Deafinitely Theatre, and professional associations including the British Deaf Association and the Association of Lipspeakers.

About City Lit's Centre for Deaf Education

City Lit has provided support for Deaf people right from our establishment, in 1919. Some of the first courses ever offered by City Lit were lipreading classes for deafened soldiers returning from World War I. Over the years, we have grown to become an internationally-renowned Centre for Deaf Education with a wide range of provision – it is the largest centre of its kind in Europe. Our staff is a mixed group of deaf and hearing professionals; all highly skilled in their own areas of specialist expertise.


Montage of images of attendees at Deaf Day 2019Montage of images of attendees at Deaf Day 2019