Blog - Culture and Entertaiment

A person holds a clapper. Next to it, the following phrase appears “inclusion through film.”
 

This week, the inclusive film festival WeCamFest is held online. It presents a selection of 45 films from 23 countries, all with themes around disability. WeCamFest is organized in Colombia by the CIREC Foundation, and the Social Cinema Foundation. The objective of the festival is to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in Latin America, and the world, through cinema.

Black letters over white background: #deafblindtalent
 

Last Thursday, June 26th, was the live projection on YouTube of the film Feeling Through. It gathered an audience of over 500 people not only from all over the US but also from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Nepal, United Kingdom, Norway, and Canada. It’s impressive to see how this short film attracts and moves audiences everywhere. 

Several microphones lighted by stage lights. The sign language icon floats next to a microphone on the left. A phrase on the top right says Timucua Arts Foundation.
 

We are very happy to share with you that Timucua Arts Foundation is offering a new series of vocal music performances interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL) for the deaf and hard of hearing. The series features two concerts by contemporary Jazz vocalists, one classical voice recital, and a performance by the Helena collective, a contemporary vocal ensemble. The series is made possible in part by an Accessibility grant from United Arts of Central Florida.

Theater. The Addams Family scene. Subtitles appear on a transparent lectern.
 

Since December 3rd the fun Broadway show, The Addams Family, is being presented with accessibility in the theater Teatro Calderon of Madrid.  Thanks to an innovative technology called Stage-Sync, people with auditive and visual disabilities, can now enjoy this show as much as people without disabilities.

Christmas ornament with pine branches and cones, stars and hearts over brown wood
 

The busy Holiday season has started! I personally cherish my childhood memories of the fun during this time of the year; the lights, the presents, the food, the music and the special events.  Just last year, I attended A Christmas Carol performance and that was like magic!  I was transported to another time.  I left the theater walking on clouds and feeling inspired and happy.

playing cards spread on a surface, an ace on top
 

Last month, the documentary Dealt opened in selected movie theaters.  It is being presented with audio description.  That alone is not news, most new movies shown in theaters now have audio description available. In this case, it is more important to have audio description because of the remarkable person that Dealt tells us about: Richard Turner.

sign language symbol
 

For the people who hear, music is not just an audible experience; music is intimately related to the memories of our lives. But, have you ever wondered how deaf people experience music? Impelled by that question, the members of Nerven&Zellen, a Chilean performing arts group, have been working on making it easier for deaf people to create visual memories associated with songs.

Concert audience. People raise their arms and forms a heart with their hands
 

Last Tuesday, the ones watching “America’s Got Talent” were blown away by Mandy Harvey. Mandy came that night with a Sign language translator, and her warm presence on stage was already enough to captivate the audience.  However, when she started singing, her beautiful voice, her perfect pitch, her inspiring song, melted the audience and the judges away! 

 

The recent lawsuit against the producers of the musical, Hamilton, have brought attention to the accessibility of Broadway shows in New York City. In this case the lawsuit was brought by a blind patron from Colorado, Mark Lasser, who wanted to attend the musical.