The intentionally provocative title and imagery for this event aims to elicit a lively, honest debate on whether we need or should take action to support a more diverse base of leaders in Brighton & Hove’s cultural sector, and if so, how best to do it. And perhaps for those that have no wish to be ‘leaders’, how can leaders innovate to ensure that historically under-represented communities and people can better influence and therefore nurture a more inclusive cultural ecology in Brighton & Hove?
We have gathered a small panel to kick off the conversation. It’s a chance to dust off your opinions and have a no-holds-barred discussion. Come prepared to speak your mind! The event will be introduced by Adam Joolia, CEO of AudioActive and chaired by Elijah, Associate Artistic Director of Lighthouse and head of influential Grime label Butterz. Lara Ratnaraja and Helga Henry from Birmingham, Europe’s second most diverse city, will be sharing their experience of delivering the Re:Present andASTONish cultural leadership programme in Birmingham. Promising young artist, campaigner, promoter & creative activist Elijah Pailthorpe a.k.a Nelson Navarro will also perform a spoken word piece,written for this event, which is hosted by the University of Brighton and is part of a programme led by the city’s Arts & Creative Industries Commission, to support the development of a new framework for culture.