Stand Up For Diversity: Defining Legacies

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An evening of three-minute mini-talks for those wanting to champion and celebrate diversity in museums, libraries and archives

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Join us for an evening of three-minute mini-talks as we continue with our series of events that puts a spotlight on diversity, with short soap-box shout-outs on why DIVERSITY MATTERS. This event, entitled Defining Legacies, focusses on diversity within museums, libraries and archives.

Hosted in partnership by Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Essex Book Festival, this event brings together people who want to champion and celebrate diversity in the arts and in our communities, and share the work they do with others.

This event will take place on Zoom, and will be streamed live on Facebook.

Speakers lined up for the three-minute mini-talks:

  • Ros Green: Essex Book Festival (compere)
  • Maja Antoine-Onikoyi: Director of Maja's Education Project CIC, and Youth & Diversity Adviser at Essex Book Festival
  • Delaine Le Bas: cross disciplinary Artist from a Romany background
  • Tom Cross: Artist, creative catalyst for libraries
  • Cathy Garrington: Customer, Partner & Outreach Engagement Lead at Essex Libraries
  • Gurinder Singh Mann: Sikh Historian and Director of Sikh Museum Initiative
  • Ben Paites: Collections and Learning Curator - Community, Colchester & Ipswich Museums
  • Taran Singh: 3D Artist, Director at Taran3D, Anglo Sikh Virtual Museum
  • Beth Wilkey: Essex Museum Development Officer, Colchester & Ipswich Museums
  • Simone Xue: Colchester Chinese Culture Society

More information about the event and the speakers can be found at

About Essex Cultural Diversity Project

Our vision is to energise cultural diversity in arts and heritage, in Essex and beyond. We aim to stimulate participation and provide a focal point for the development, celebration and co-ordination of cultural diversity through arts and heritage activity.

About Essex Book Festival

Essex Book Festival is one of the highlights of Essex’s cultural calendar. Each March it hosts over 100 events in over 45 venues across the county, including theatres, libraries, schools, universities, cafes and art galleries.

Stand Up For Diversity

Essex Book Festival launched the Stand Up For Diversity events in 2016, in partnership with Essex Cultural Diversity Project, as part of its Diversity Matters project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. This is the seventh event in the series, which have all been in different areas of the county, including Chelmsford, Southend, Colchester and Harlow, and the most recent being online.

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