‘Speak - Listen - Reset - Heal’ was an online series, that took place on Thursday 29th October, Tuesday 3rd, 10th and 24th November and was presented in partnership with Society of London Theatre (SOLT) & UK Theatre.
The conference aimed 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. Over 3000 people attended. The conference created a space where voices, experiences and people were acknowledged, and those empowered to make changes listened.
Read the Speak - Listen - Reset - Heal Evaluation Report, prepared 9 April 2021
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.
Attendance for the second and third sessions was open to everyone in the industry.
There was no cost to attend but you can choose to make a voluntary contribution to Inc Arts Minds.
BSL interpreters, captioning and Welsh translation were available for all those attending.
Major Sponsors were 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.