Our second panel explored solutions to supporting underrepresented voices and reducing inequality, through discussing best practices by cultural organisations leading on the diverse and inclusive representation of artists.
This talk highlighted the importance of diversity and inclusivity in the arts, with action points and insights from cultural leaders who actively programme and support artists of all backgrounds.
Fin Kennedy is the artistic director of Tamasha theatre company. He is also an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced in the UK and abroad, as well as an activist within the arts.
Tamasha is Britain’s foremost touring theatre company producing new plays inspired by the diversity of a globalised world. Their work places the voices of emerging and established artists from culturally diverse backgrounds centre-stage. They also have some really interesting resources and articles over on their website.
Ulricha Johnson is the Managing Director/CEO of the national members’ organisation Swedish Performing Arts Coalition (SPAC). SPAC’s festival The Performing Arts Biennale is Sweden’s largest industry meeting, and Swedstage is an export festival to promote Swedish performing arts in the world. They are part of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), working with the European Council, the Action Committee for Artists Rights, as well as the workgroup initiated at the world congress 2017 – Proud Performing Arts LGBTQ+ Network and Workgroup. Johnson is openly gay and has been involved in bringing LGBTQ+ theatre to Stockholm Pride and other Swedish pride festivals for 12 years.
Lars Werner Thomsen is a theatre director and the Artistic Director of Glad Teater. Together with Jesper Michelsen, he founded Glad Teater with the aim of creating a professional base for Danish Inclusive Performing Arts with actors with disabilities. As a director, Lars has created and directed Glad Teater's performances, e.g. Your Eyes My Sight and VIVALDIS, and most recently, he has directed Pride Monologues during Copenhagen Pride 2020.
Glad Teater wishes to broaden the knowledge of Danish Inclusive Arts by performing, co-producing and touring worldwide. Their performances range from the experimental performance universe to retelling classic stories in new ways and have a special strength in the physical and visual expression.
It can’t be a Cut the Cord event without a little glitter check. At the end of each of our panels, we had a short set from a Nordic musician/band to round off our event.
AySay is one of the sounds of the New North anno 2020. A trio who embraces the diversity of the world, travels through it and stands with it. Led by Danish/Kurdish Luna Ersahin, who expresses her curious spirit in lyrics, song and saz, the trio has created an open universe for bridge-building music. A shared platform for Middle Eastern journeys in Nordic landscapes.
Listen to Kervane here on Spotify:
Potato Potato (SE)
A swedish theatre company with a strong queer perspective who works towards giving underrepresentated voices space:
Teater Manu (NO)
Teater Manu is one of the biggest sign language theatres in the Nordic countries, based in Norway:
Article: Clore Leadership / Jerwood Arts
5 Tips for Socio-Economic Diversity in Workforces in the Arts:
Black Lives Matter
Lots of important resources and toolkits:
Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, boldly placing D/deaf and disabled actors centre stage and challenging preconceptions.
Graeae BEYOND: https://graeae.org/our-work/beyond/
BEYOND is designed to transform the careers of Deaf and Disabled artists, supporting new connections to artistic development opportunities, advice, training, mentoring and creative spaces within a national network of theatres.
BCA Heritage - Black Cultural Archives
Check out their website with events, exhibitions, news, donations etc: