'The arts change lives, free the spirit and build confidence in many ways.' Photo of Claire Cunningham at DaDaFest 2008 by Jon Stone, used with permission.

'The arts change lives, free the spirit and build confidence in many ways.' Photo of Claire Cunningham at DaDaFest 2008 by Jon Stone, used with permission.

'The arts change lives, free the spirit and build confidence in many ways.' Photo of Claire Cunningham at DaDaFest 2008 by Jon Stone, used with permission.

How can the arts change perceptions of what D/deaf and disabled people can do? Ruth Gould offers answers from her experience as artistic director of DaDaFest and chair of the commission panel for the Unlimited festival, which shows work by disabled artists and runs from 2-7 September 2014 at London's Southbank Centre.

'We’ve gone through such lean times and such difficult times. They weren’t just weeks of difficulty, they were years of trouble..' Photo used with permission.

'We’ve gone through such lean times and such difficult times. They weren’t just weeks of difficulty, they were years of trouble.' Photo used with permission.

'We’ve gone through such lean times and such difficult times. They weren’t just weeks of difficulty, they were years of trouble..' Photo used with permission.

Hard work and a love for what they do paid off for Southampton trio Band of Skulls, who have just played at the Reading Festival. DJ Goldierocks from The Selector finds out how they went from running their own club night to touring with the likes of Muse and The Black Keys. Read the interview below or scroll down to listen to the

'We both had a big love and appreciation for Radiohead for the majority of our formative years and we still do now.' Photo of Cloud Boat by Simon Webb Photography, used with permission.

'We both had a big love and appreciation for Radiohead for the majority of our formative years and we still do now.' Photo of Cloud Boat by Simon Webb Photography, used with permission.

'We both had a big love and appreciation for Radiohead for the majority of our formative years and we still do now.' Photo of Cloud Boat by Simon Webb Photography, used with permission.

Meet Cloud Boat, a two-piece electronic band from London. They've just released their second album Model of You, and they'll be touring in the UK and Europe later in the year. Listen to the interview and songs recorded for The Selector, our global radio show for new UK music.

'We try and make music that is upbeat and melodic, but at the same time it has a bit of a dark lyrical undertone.' Photo by Little Comets, used with permission.

'We try and make music that is upbeat and melodic, but at the same time it has a bit of a dark lyrical undertone.' Photo by Little Comets, used with permission.

'We try and make music that is upbeat and melodic, but at the same time it has a bit of a dark lyrical undertone.' Photo by Little Comets, used with permission.

Little Comets from Newcastle play three of their songs live and talk about how the band got started. Scroll down to listen to the interview and songs, recorded for our global radio show for new UK music, The Selector.

'What we see in these films isn’t necessarily Britain as it was, but as it wanted to be seen' Still taken from 'The People's Land'.

'What we see in these films isn’t necessarily Britain as it was, but as it wanted to be seen' Still taken from 'The People's Land'.

'What we see in these films isn’t necessarily Britain as it was, but as it wanted to be seen' Still taken from 'The People's Land'.

In the 1940s, the British Council released a spate of films to polish and promote Britain's image abroad. Our Director of Film, Briony Hanson, explains what made this collection what it was and why such an endeavour would be problematic today.