Welcome to the biggest Deaf BSL camping festival in the UK!
Sign Circle 2014 will run for four days from Friday 25th to Monday 28th July 2014. It will welcome the whole signing community; Deaf people, families, friends, groups and you!
So, what kind of a festival is Sign Circle? It is a camping festival with many different activities, workshops, entertainment and performances for you to enjoy. During the weekend you can take part in the programme or simply sit back, relax and switch off.
The reason why Sign Circle was set up is because mainstream festivals are often not accessible for Deaf people, and they do not have the unique elements of Deaf community and culture. At Sign Circle Deaf BSL Camping Festival you have unlimited access in BSL to anything that is going on at the campsite.
After Sign Circle 2011, it was decided that the festival will run every two years to give the team a rest and to build up excitement! During our gap year we realised what enormous social impact Sign Circle has on the sign language community and decided that it is something we need to preserve and protect. Since the festival was getting bigger and was only run by a group of volunteers, we realised that we needed something more reliable to make sure that Sign Circle will carry on for years to come. In 2012, Sign Circle approached East Lancashire Deaf Society (ELDS) and asked to be protected by the organisation. Now, the festival is an independent event proudly supported by ELDS and would not be possible without the help of our fantastic volunteers!
May 2007 – 142 people at Fanwood Campsite in Yorkshire
May 2008 – 250 people at Fanwood Campsite in Yorkshire
May 2009 – 386 people at Longridge Showground in Lancashire
May 2010 – 417 people at Longridge Showground in Lancashire
July 2011 – 543 people at Longridge Showground in Lancashire
July 2013 – 900 people at Longridge Showground in Lancashire