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Diverse Sunderland

What does diversity mean in Sunderland’s cultural offer?

Sunderland Cultural Partnership brings venues, organisations and individuals from the cultural sector together to forward plan, share insights and good practice, hear updates and network. Following our successful event with Jude Kelly CBE and the Clore Leadership programme, this summer we will host a free event focussed around diversity within Sunderland’s cultural offer and think about what a diverse programme can look like for the city and within our bid to become UK City of Culture 2021.

The session will ask:

  • What does diversity mean for organisations and practitioners in Sunderland?

  • What is great about diversity in Sunderland and what should we be shouting about?

  • What are the opportunities for change?

To help us think about these questions we have invited three inspiring colleagues from organisations elsewhere in the North to offer insights and share their thinking.

Jo Verrent is Senior Producer at Unlimited; an arts commissioning programme that aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. Unlimited has been delivered by the disability-led arts organisation Shape Arts and arts-producing organisation Artsadmin since 2013, and is funded from 2016-20 by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, British Council and Spirit of 2012.

Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh is a steering group member of Creative Case NORTH, founder and Artistic Director of ZENDEH Theatre Company. Taken from the Farsi word meaning Alive, ZENDEH produces high quality cross art form productions with creative engagement programmes that are culturally eclectic, unforgettable and attract new audiences.

Nathan Geering is Artistic Director at Rationale – a multi-cultural production company bringing hip-hop theatre into the community, inspiring audiences, bridging the gap between old and young and who for the past 3 years have been pioneering research into the unlikely link between hip-hop and visual impairment. In 2015 Nathan became a fellow for ADAD's Trailblazers programme, is part of 2017's Step Change programme and has been appointed the role of Associate Producer of The New Wolsey Theatre and DanceEast. During his time there Nathan will be heading a project of investigation for Ramps on The Moon exploring the accessibility of cutting edge technologies within theatre. Nathan is also Artistic Director for the opening ceremony of the 2017 Special Olympics.

The session will be facilitated by Padma Rao, Director at ArtsConnect CIC, Sangini and Steering Group Member for Sunderland’s City of Culture 2021 bid.

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Date: Thursday 27th July

Location: Riverside A and B, National Glass Centre

Time: Refreshments 10am, event begins at 10.20am

Ends: 3pm with time for networking at the end

Lunch will be provided and there will be refreshments at the end of the session for anyone who wishes to network and talk to our speakers directly.

This event is free but places are limited.

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