‘Speak - Listen - Reset - Heal’ will be an online series, taking place on Thursday 29th October, Tuesday 3rd, 10th and 24th November and presented in partnership with Society of London Theatre (SOLT) & UK Theatre.
The conference aims to effect real change by addressing the historic and systemic racism in the performing arts, which will come through focusing on practical applications of inclusion and diversity. The conference will create a space where voices, experiences and people will be acknowledged, and those empowered to make changes will listen.
This first session was only for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse industry workers. This was a safe space to share honest experiences of racism in the sector, and share testimony.
With express permission, some testimonies will be anonymised and shared at the second session, where those who can make change will hear our truths as expressed by us.
An open session for the wider theatre workforce, especially senior decision-makers. Responses and reflections from Session 1: Speak & Listen were shared, and time was given for thoughts and reactions.
This session will be divided into themes which will be discussed concurrently in separate breakout rooms.
Attendance for the second and third sessions is open to everyone in the industry, and we encourage senior decision makers and Board members from the theatre and dance worlds to attend, as well as anyone in the sector interested in meaningful changes.
There is no cost to attend but you can choose to make a voluntary contribution to Inc Arts Minds.
BSL interpreters, captioning and Welsh translation will be available for all those attending. Please select the appropriate type of access support required at the point of registration and email firstname.lastname@example.org with specific requirements.
Major Sponsors are SOLT/UK Theatre, Tali Pelman, Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and Arts Council Wales. In addition, Sponsors of the Conference are Community Leisure UK, Creu Cymru, Federation of Scottish Theatre, One Dance UK and Theatres Trust. The Conference supporters are Arts Marketing Association (AMA), Independent Theatre Council (ITC) and The Musician’s Union (TheMU). More sponsors and supporters are to be announced in the coming weeks.