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CAN Conference Handover | ‘Whose Culture Is It Anyway?’ | action since the 2017 conference

Details of the 2018 CAN Conference will soon be announced and before then we we’d like to reflect on developments since last year’s conference, ‘Whose Culture is it Anyway?’.

In 2017 we discussed the factors that impact on the ability of creative organisations to engage diverse audiences.  This was an opportunity to explore the benefits and creative potential of taking an inclusive approach that addressed not only protected characteristics but also the impact of education, class and geography upon diverse communities.

It’s important that the diversity dialogue continues and as part of the handover to 2018’s theme we are highlighting some of the creative actions taking place in Cambridge, with 3 articles:

Daniel Brine, Cambridge Junction’s former Artistic Director & Chief Executive, now Director of Norfolk and Norwich Festival, shares the background and ambitions of a national initiative developing the representation of cultural diversity within Live Art practice, on which the Junction leads, Diverse Actions – click here to read more.

Eddie Stadnik, CEO of Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum reports the highlights of a successful event expressing the breadth of cultures living in Cambridge through a show case of talent and creativity – click here to read more

Mori Fernandez Plaschinski describes the aims and impact of a newly emergent drama group run by The Kite Trust, Cambridge’s leading organisation for LGBT+ youth.  Creating a positive platform for expression and developing self and wider awareness – click here to read more

The 2017 CAN Conference also brought attention to The Equality Pledge a statement to which individuals and organisations have subscribed to demonstrate their commitment to equality and inclusion for all communities. At the Big Weekend July 2017 Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leaders (CACL) confirmed their commitment, as declared in a speech by Malavika Anderson (ex- Museums Programme at University of Cambridge Museums now Head of Live Programme for The Wellcome Trust) – click here to read more.

What actions have you or your organisation made to develop your engagement with more diverse audiences? If you’d like to contribute to this dialogue with your own example, please contact us.

The 2018 CAN Conference: Our Creative Assets takes place on Friday 23 March at Anglia Ruskin University and will include topics like: Ambition and Quality in Arts & Tech, Changing Infrastructure, Working with Academia to Demonstrate Impact and Talent Development. More details will be released soon like or follow CAN via Facebook or Twitter and look out for #confcam.

Posted by CAN network on 1st February 2018.