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DeaFestival - Kentucky

So...what is DeaFestival-Kentucky?

A one-day FREE event for ALL that celebrates the language, art, diversity and talents of the deaf and hard of hearing community. DeaFestival gives those who are deaf and hard of hearing an opportunity to fully experience and participate in a comprehensive program of cultural enrichment, activities, and artistic performances. Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a world of visual wonders and gain a better awareness about the deaf and hard of hearing community. The rich encounters with the artistic talents have people continuously coming back for more.

Four main attractions include:

  1. The main stage SpotLights, which displays the creative talents of storytellers, dancers and theatrical performances.
  2. The Children's Program, allows children to open up their imaginations and travel with artists through a colorful and visual world while participating in interactive craft projects and mesmerizing visual stories.
  3. The Cookie Williams Visual Artist Studio is a collection of unique works from deaf and hard of hearing artists all over the United States.
  4. In 2010, a new stage - Jam Tent - was born. This new performance venue broadcasts the talents of deaf and hard of hearing musicians of all styles.


Regardless of where DeaFestival is held, the goal is the same: to encourage others to understand deafness, showcase the strengths of the deaf and hard of hearing artist and performers, and provide positive role models for the youth in the community.

For more information contact the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 1-800-372-2907 or