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Kinny Gardner makes National Diversity Awards 2016 shortlist

Gary Hart July 24, 2016

Kinny Gardner B.E.M makes final Lifetime Achiever shortlist in the National Diversity Awards (NDA).

Kinny Gardner: Photo by Robert Workman
Kinny Gardner: Photo by Robert Workman

Kinny received the British Empire Medal in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for services to the Arts, with particular reference to his extensive and devoted work, for 35 years, within the Deaf and disabled arts communities.

Co-founder of Krazy Kat Theatre Company in 1982, Kinny is a Development Adviser to BBC Cbeebies, working on new mainstream Sign Language television projects for children.

In 2014 he received the BBC Community Hero Award for services to The Arts and in 2025 the prestigious Government ‚ÄėBritish Citizens Award (Arts)‚Äô.

The Krazy Kat Theatre Company, based in Brighton has a vivid style, combining  theatre and Sign Language Arts which promotes access to the arts for the deaf community, and champions the value of signing to the hearing.

Kinny’s unique vision has led to a distinctive, ambitious and high quality style of integrated Sign Language Arts, and over the 35 years of Krazy Kat’s existence has attracted artists to the company who seek to reflect the lived experience of deaf and hard of hearing children and young people.

Kinny studied Classical Ballet, graduating in 1976. He featured in London’s West End in The Rocky Horror Show and Chicago, and in rep. and endless world tours.  He is still a guest artist with the outrageous Lindsay Kemp and his company and escapes with them when he can fit it into his busy Kat schedule.

Kinny is a Development Adviser to BBC Cbeebies, working on new mainstream Sign Language television projects for children. In 2014 he received the BBC Community Hero Award for services to The Arts and in 2025 the prestigious Government ‚ÄėBritish Citizens Award (Arts)‚Äô.

The other nominees in the Lifetime Achiever award category include:  Valerie Ender, Anna Kennedy OBE, Qaisra Shahraz, Dr Susan Huson, Nicola Rule, Rana Nazir and Saundra Glenn.

The winners of NDA will be announced at the breathtakingly beautiful Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool, on September 16, 2016.

Over 20,000 nominations and votes were received this year, paying tribute to grass root communities nationwide.

Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Adam Hills and Sir Lenny Henry amongst many.

Tom Daley
Tom Daley

British Diver & Television Presenter Tom Daley applauded the awards saying: “The National Diversity Awards is a celebration of the fantastic work within Diversity, Equality & Inclusion by all positive role models and community organisations. Everybody who has been nominated and shortlisted is striving towards making society better for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, faith, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. This is important because you are having a positive impact to people’s lives.

“I would like to wish all the shortlisted nominees the very best of luck at this year‚Äôs National Diversity Awards.‚ÄĚ He added.

The NDA Judging Panel recently deliberated and came to a decision regarding the final shortlist.

Trans Pride Brighton are also shortlisted in the LGBT Community Organisation category along with Mermaids, Age UK Wirral, North Devon Sunrise CIC, Chrysalis Transsexual Support Groups, InterEngineering, Gendered Intelligence and National Student Pride.

For the full list of shortlisted nominees, click here:

Winners will be announced at The National Diversity Awards 2016 on September 16.

To purchase tickets for the black tie event in Liverpool Cathedral, click here:

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