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Find out more about the festival and our I Am Network

We're excited to mark our ninth year and the return of bringing young people together as we deliver the festival in person.

I Am Festival is our yearly celebration empowering Deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent young people to explore their creativity. Over the past eight years, the festival has provided a platform for hundreds of young people to showcase their talents, leadership, ideas and opinions.

This year’s festival will be taking place from 11 - 15 March 2024 in venues across London exploring the theme ‘See Me! Hear Me!

We have a number of exciting events taking place during the festival week including:

As part of the festival, we have also commissioned three fantastic organisations, BLINK Dance Theatre, Graeae Theatre Company and Coney who have been working with three schools from our I Am Network to deliver exciting projects with their students.

About the I Am Network

A New Direction's I Am Network is afree professional development programmefor educators working with Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent children and young people in London's schools and specialist settings. The Network meets twice a term over the academic year, working together to improve creative and cultural opportunities for children and young people who are Deaf,disabledand neurodivergent.

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I Am Festival Stages

Join our I Am Network

Are you a creative subject teacher in a special school or a SENDCo in a mainstream school? Our I Am Network offers opportunities to share practice, seek advice, and develop relationships with other teachers from across London.

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If you would be interested in joining the network, please fill out the expression of interest form below:

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