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“Deaf Rave” clubbing event to be held in the underground garage during Fringe

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Scotland’s first “deaf rave” clubbing event is taking place in an Edinburgh underground car park during this year’s Fringe.

The new St. James Quarter in the city’s East End will host a unique event created specifically for the deaf or hard of hearing.

Leading deaf DJs from across the UK are expected to perform at the five-hour event on August 19, which will also feature singers and rappers and deaf dance acts.

The event, which will run from 5pm to 10pm to make it as accessible as possible, is a collaboration between London-based deaf promoter and DJ Troi Lee, aka DJ Chinaman, of the events under the banner Deaf Rave has been organized for the past 19 years by and Edinburgh based charity Deaf Action.

The line-up for the Fringe event consists of MC Geezer, DJ Ceri Karma, dancers Jia McKenzie, Billy Reid and Ariel Fung, and DJ Chinaman.

The clubbing event will form part of the inaugural Edinburgh Deaf Festival, a week-long ‘celebration of deaf culture, language and heritage’ in August, as well as a centerpiece of the summer festivals in St James’ Quarter.

Lee, who will also be hosting a workshop on DJ-ing for the deaf in Edinburgh, said: “I started organizing events in London because there was no real place for the deaf to meet and mingle.

“There seemed to be a real gap for something and I’ve never looked back since.

“One of the main goals was to promote deaf talent and DJs because they didn’t have that much opportunity to perform and didn’t have a real platform.

“I wanted to create events that allow them to perform and showcase their talents, but also to inspire.

“The format of the events is really about promoting deaf culture and deaf awareness in music.

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