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Don't Sleep On Us!

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Young people make up over half of our world's population, and we have the most power to create change when we come together.

Out of the creative industries in the UK, only 13% makes up the BAME representation.

Don't Sleep On Us! is our first free event for folks who get shit done. There will be a panel and exhibition hosting incredible change makers, who have identified a problem in society and created a groundbreaking project to tackle it.

There will also be talks from professionals in the creative industries, so bring something to take notes!

Come along to be inspired, bring your uplifters and have a wiggle. ALL are welcome. Pop Brixton is an accessible venue.

Panelists:

Gurls Du Filme - Shelana Azora and Shakira Francis are the creative masterminds behind Gurls Du Filme - a brand new production company supported by University of Bedfordshire. Gurls Du Filme (@gurlsdufilme) aims to promote and showcase women of colour in film. Shelana and Shakira want to challenge the role that women play in the creative industries, and be a testament that BAME women can follow their dreams and be entrepreneurs!

Driverse - Renè Germain and Ebisiemen Ajayi founded Driverse (@wearedriverse), the UK’s first workplace review site for underrepresented communities. Driverse provides a safe space for current or former employees who are women, from the LGBTQ community, BAME, and/or disabled to anonymously review their employer. Together, Renè and Ebi combine their skills which span the technology, media, banking and events industries. Driverse will be going live this summer 2018!

The Perfomance Lab - Divya Satwani co-founded The Performance Lab (@theperformancelb), a platform to connect with like-minded artists and make a change in the industry by diversifying the playing field. The Performance Lab creates spaces for emerging artists to develop and share their work through producing immersive, experimental multidisciplinary events and workshops across London. If you went to Cut The Bakwaas recently, you'll know how incredible this woman is! Divya's also working on her own projects which she'll be letting us in on here.

Speakers:

Olivia Crooks - Having set up a record label on her year out from uni, a passion for business led Olivia to complete internships at BBH and Google before landing her current Account Manager role at VICE media. She's worked across campaigns for Beats by Dre, Bose, Jacob's and adidas. Olivia now runs Madland Hack, a marketing & advertising community on Facebook to support BAME creatives working in those industries.

Sereena Abbassi - Sereena is the founder of All Here (@allhereorg), an organisation that helps individuals, agencies and brands to think more critically about the world that they live in and the work that they create - with diversity, inclusion & accessibility sitting at its heart. Sereena has worked with The BRIT School, Creative Equals, The Mill, and has featured in as well as has written for, Campaign Live. She has recently joined M&C Saatchi Group as Head of Culture & Inclusion.

Leyya Sattar - Leyya is an award-winning diversity champion who set up The Other Box (@_theotherbox) to celebrate people of colour and other minorities. The Other Box offers workshops, events and creative consultancy, and was recently a finalist for this year's WOW Women in Creative Industries Awards 'Breaking New Ground' award. She is also the Design Manager at design company MYWW, and as of 2018, she's part of the BIMA Creative Council.

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We Are Here UK - Artists Erin Aniker and Jess Nash came together to create We Are Here UK, after noticing an increase in anti-immigration rhetoric seen since the referendum to leave the EU. We Are Here UK (@wearehereuk) aims to highlight that both identities, British and BME, are often seen as mutually exclusive, and their exhibitions provide a platform for BME artists exploring their dual British identity. Erin and Jess' work will be exhibited on the night, so prepare to be blown away!

BananaSharma - No stranger to the creative scene, BananaSharma (@banana.sharma) is a performance poet and spoken word artist from Slough. She delivers workshops regularly for the Award-winning Empoword collective, has featured on TEDx stages, has toured her poetry in Mumbai and Dubai, and was recently published by the Tattva Authorship Programme for critical essays on contemporary society. Her work explores identity, religion, relationships and loss. Bring some tissues because I cried when I saw her perform! Here's her website.

DJ:

Teisha Matthews - Teisha (@teishamatthews) is a London-based DJ/Producer, spinning everything from House to Hip Hop and Funk. She's worked with (wait for it) FA Cup, Miss Selfridges, Adidas, Sony, GQ mag, Universal Music and Skinny Dip! Teisha's played at Reading and Leeds festival, Eldorado, Common People, and clubs/bars such as Ace Hotel, Magic Roundabout, Koko, Dirty Martini and many more. She's DJing for artists Becky Hill, Ella Eyre and Chloe Howl. She is also one half of production duo GOLDS who's remix’s have been played on BBC Radio 1 and their recent Sean Paul ft Dua Lipa remix was used for the new Baywatch trailer. All this, AND she's currently working on a solo project. What a BABE!

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