The D/deaf and Disability Arts Organisation of Liverpool, DaDaFest, has taken the bold step of accepting the joint application of Nickie Miles-Wildin and Grace Ng as its new Artistic Directors and CEO.
Miles-Wildin was Artistic Advisor to the 2020 festival and suggested the pairing with Ng as something well beyond a job-share. As Nickie Miles-Wildin said, ‘As two women marginalised by society, we are really excited at joining DaDaFest in the role of joint Artistic Director and CEO. Our focus is on the intersectionality of D/deaf and disabled artists, providing space for the incubation of ideas, collaborations of artists in Liverpool, the North West of England and internationally and providing creative accessible platforms for artists.’
Ng had previously worked in artist development in Singapore and the UK, most recently at The Lowry. She is co-founder of Highlight Collective, producing with artists and playwrights. This background, as well as her skills in arts marketing, add to Miles-Wildin’s well-established artistic direction.
DaDaFest has a year-round programme of interventions and events across the North West of England aimed at engaging young disabled people and their families in all facets of the arts and performance. The festival programmes form the core activities of the project as a focus for talent development, showcasing and promoting disability arts.
The organisation also has international reach, promoting disability arts and cultural events with partners in the USA, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Collaborating with the British Council, DaDafest has worked on projects for disabled artists in Palestine and Amenia, and it has long-standing partnerships with DisArt in Michigan and Sins Invalid in San Francisco.
‘DaDaFest will continue to challenge the arts world, to create high quality work, and inspire the next generation of D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse leaders to be change makers in the cultural tapestry of the arts’, said Miles-Wildin. ‘We can’t wait to work with arts organisations in Liverpool and beyond.’