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Diversity & Difference

Diversity & Difference

Anti-Racism Statement

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and the resulting advancement of the Black Lives Matter movement, we have renewed our commitment to being an actively anti-racist arts organisation, serving, representative of, and accessible to all communities across Norfolk. We acknowledge that whilst great strides have been made in recent years to platform the works of Black artists, we have much to learn and unlearn in our current practices, both as an employer, and as an arts festival.

In October 2019, we established a Diversity & Difference working group, to oversee the delivery of the Festival’s Diversity Action Plan (see below). This group reports quarterly to our Board, and is working across departments to ensure that internal procedures (from recruitment processes to staff training) are reflective of recent anti-racism learnings.

The Festival’s artistic management will continue to ensure that external processes, such as Festival programming, reflect our aspiration to root diversity at the heart of our artistic work, as championed in Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity.

 

Diversity and Difference

As well as anti-racism action, the Diversity & Difference group’s remit includes our commitments to ensuring that disabled artists and audiences, and artists and audiences from lower socio-economic backgrounds, are platformed and represented across the Festival’s work.

We are currently updating our learnings into a new Inclusion policy, whilst implementing a series of intersectional procedure changes aimed at improving our offer for audiences, artists and our workforce.

We commit to honestly updating this page as and when we have meaningful changes or findings to report.

Read our 2019-2022 Diversity Action Plan in full

Please note that the Diversity Action Plan includes terms that we now understand to be hurtful or inappropriate, such as BAME (as was highlighted in IncArt’s #BAMEOver campaign). Although we continue to use these terms for consistency’s sake, we will replace these terms in future documents and reporting.

 

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Header image Frock, Stopgap Dance © JMA Photography

Festival Futures – Arts make life better

Norfolk & Norwich Festival brings tens of thousands of people together in celebration – it has been doing this for 250 years. Through our May festival and our arts education work, we lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in communities across Norfolk.

This year we launch a giving campaign, Festival Futures, to help ensure we continue this work for future generations.

2022’s campaign focuses on ‘Tomorrow’s World’ – the participants, audiences and artists of the future. We aim to raise £20,000 towards our Take Part: Schools programme and towards a range of programming at 2022’s Festival that provides participation and showcase opportunities for young people and early-career artists.  We believe that participation in the arts can increase confidence, creativity and academic results and that by creating performance and commissioning opportunities for the next generation of artists, we are ensuring the future of Norfolk & Norwich Festival. We need your support.

Make a Festival Futures donation to Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

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