Power Through Diversity

On Monday 12 December 2016, Contact Manchester hosted Power through Diversity, a free one-day event for arts leaders, Chairs and decision makers.

The event was designed to provoke debate, inspire change and celebrate good practice around diversity of governance, leadership and thinking.

Our Chief Executive Darren Henley gave the keynote speech. The event also included speakers on different areas of diversity from across the arts and cultural sector. See below for videos of all their talks.

Two men stand on stage, in the set of a record shop
Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Hackney Empire's production of Rudy's Rare Records. Photo © Robert Day for Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Welcome and introduction

Afreena Islam and Reece Williams – Board Members, Contact | Watch >


Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive, Arts Council England | Watch > | Read Darren's speech >

Panel and audience discussion

Chair: David Bryan – Xtend UK Ltd; Arts Council England National Council

John Summers – CEO, Hallé Orchestra
Jane Cordell – Director, Getting Equal; Chair, DaDaFest
Emma Green – Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Dept. for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Kumiko Mendl – Artistic Director, Yellow Earth

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Artist talks and provocations

Kate O’Donnell – Artists; Director, TransCreative | Watch >

David Olusoga – Historian; broadcaster; film-maker | Watch >

Jackie Hagan – Artist; theatre-maker | Watch >

Mawaan Rizwan – Writer; comedian | Watch >

Sally Penni – Barrister, Vice Chair of Association of Women Barristers (Diversity Champion, UK Diversity Legal Awards 2015) | Watch >

Yusra Warsama – Writer; poet; performer | Watch >


Elmi Ali – Artist; Director-in-Residence, Contact | Watch >

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