Building audiences of the future through diversity and inclusion

Arts and culture bring people together, through sharing perspectives and appealing to wide audiences. There are plenty of UK organisations and events that are actively pushing to include a greater spectrum of people from differing backgrounds and experiences.

This all enriches the nation's cultural offer, as well as making more universal stories for people all over the world.  After reporting in May that former Arts Minister Ed Vaizey now chairs a new Parliamentary group addressing the lack of diversity in the arts, we're highlighting examples of people taking this seriously in the UK arts and culture sectors.

  • Royal Shakespeare Company is the first theatre company to hire a deaf understudy for a principal role.
  • PRS Keychange achieved its own goal of 50/50 gender representation for recipients of grants in 2017, while continuing to push for 50/50 gender representation at music festivals worldwide – Primavera Sound 2019 in Barcelona is one such example of how this can be done.
  • Africa in London sees the Mayor of London emphasising established events within the London African community while giving a bigger platform to new and unique creativity.
  • Edinburgh International Festival and British Council's Edinburgh Showcase share a wide range of performers and ideas.
  • Emilia, a new original show transferred from Shakespeare's Globe to the West End, includes deaf and disabled actors in an entirely female cast.

We know this is just the high-profile and on the surface stories out there – there are plenty of examples throughout the UK of diverse and innovative responses to challenges in the world and society. 

Add your events celebrating the breadth and depth of UK culture this summer and beyond to the Culture Diary. And let everyone know about your achievements and initiatives to grow audiences through inclusion by adding blogs and stories to the website!

Africa In London / Image: Alice Boagey, Ivan Gonzalez, Open the Gate


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