Deaf got talent – first try with a bang! |02 December 2023
Seychelles’ first ‘Deaf got talent’ show has been described as a success.
Organised last week by the Association for People with Hearing Impairment (Aphi), the event comprised dance performances, comedy acts and sketches.
The winners won cash prizes sponsored by the Development Bank of Seychelles and H+A Construction. This landmark event not only showcased the extraordinary talents within the deaf community but also highlighted the importance of providing platforms that break down barriers and promote equality in the realm of entertainment.
Anita Gardner, a pioneer in implementing programmes for people with hearing impairment, shared that the talent show was a success and “it was a first of its kind. Next year Seychelles will organise a local contest and the ‘Deaf got talent Indian Ocean 2024’.
Organising a talent show specifically for the deaf community required careful planning and thoughtful consideration. Sign language interpreters were an integral part of the event, ensuring that both participants and audience members could fully engage with the performances.
Additionally, the organising committee worked closely with the participants to understand their specific needs and preferences, creating an inclusive and supportive environment.
The performances were met with laughter and at times tears of joy.