How do you communicate? Do you use words and gestures, body language and facial expressions? How would you begin to communicate if you could not move, are dDeaf or have had a stroke?
The ‘More Than Words’ Communication Fair, which takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Jersey’s Waterfront this weekend, is an exciting and thought-provoking event that aims to explore the amazing world of communication. The event aims to demonstrate the many ways in which we can communicate, even when words are taken away from us.
The Communication Fair is an informative and interactive event for all ages. There will be exhibitors, talks, demonstrations and fantastic entertainment on a communication theme.
Exhibitors include the Jersey Blind Society, the Jersey Employment Trust, the Jersey Portuguese Events Committee, earplug and noise protection manufacturers Minerva Labs, the National Deaf Children’s Society and Bee Communications, providers of remote captioning.
There will be a full programme of talks and interactive sessions, including information about tinnitus, demonstrations of “eye gaze” and “Lightwriter” technology, and the chance to learn some British Sign Language with Robert Lupton-Le Masurier, who was voted the UK’s Teacher of the Year in 2009.
In Jersey for the first time will be Handprint Theatre Company with a performance about pirates, treasure and mayhem! Handprint create theatre which is accessible to both dDeaf and hearing audiences, not segregating but allowing all to see performances which communicate across language, disability and culture. Using puppetry, physical theatre, British Sign Language and a combination of anything they can get their hands on, the company strives to make a new style of theatre, and will also be holding workshops for kids.
Also new to Jersey is deaf popstar Fletch@, who will be performing live. Fletch@ has performed at the Wembley Arena with Ronan Keating and tours internationally. Her work has featured on TV and in magazines. She works by translating the lyrics of well-known songs and performs them in sign language, giving deaf people access to music and hearing people access to a familiar song but in a visual way. Fletch@ will also be holding workshops where people can have fun learning the lyrics of pop songs in British Sign Language.
Cineworld will be supporting the Fair with two free film screenings on a communication theme. There will be one screening on Saturday and one on Sunday, and tickets will be available at the Fair on a first come, first served basis.
There is plenty to experience at the Communication Fair, which is being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel at the Waterfront on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October, from 10am – 4pm. Islanders are encouraged to come and challenge their own ideas about communication.
The Fair is generously sponsored by:
• Earsay, Jersey’s charity for hearing impaired children, young adults and their families
• Jersey dDeaf Society, for deaf and hard of hearing adults