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DeaFestival-Kentucky 2014 spotlights the language, art and talents of the hearing impaired

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) presents DeaFestival-Kentucky 2014, August 30th 10am-8pm at the Kentucky Center.  It's a one-day FREE event to celebrate 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 program of cultural enrichment, activities, and artistic performances.

The theme for this edition of DeaFestival is "A World of Pure Imagination".

The programs returning for this 11th edition of DeaFestival are the Children's Program, Spotlights, Jam Tent and the Visual Artist Studio.

This year marks the debut of the DeaFestival Filmmaker's Showcase.Adrean Mangiardi, director of film/video productions with the Deaf Performing Arts Network (DPAN), will host this new feature of DeaFestival.

The DeaFestival-Kentucky Children's Program happens inside the Kentucky Center's Bomhard Theatre. The first 100 kids through the door will receive golden tickets good for a special surprise. During the Children's Program, which was written by emcee Peter Cook in collaboration with the Lexington Children's Theatre (another first for DeaFestival), the audience will be taken on a magical tour of Willy Wonka's iconic chocolate factory.

Then at 1 p.m. the Bomhard stage will transform from the Children's Program to Spotlights, which displays the creative talents of storytellers, dancers and theatrical performances.

This year, DeaFestival is partnering with Louisville's WorldFest, which runs from August 29th through September 1st on the Belvedere outside the Kentucky Center.  They will share the WorldFest stage near the beer garden for the Jam Tent program. Like WorldFest, the DeaFestival features the distinctiveness of cultures the general public may not often be exposed to. It's a celebration of our differences as well as a recognition of the ties that bind us together.

DeaFestival-Kentucky 2014 is FREE to the public.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH).

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