Festival event turns spotlight on Diversity in Leicester

Posted by ew205 at Dec 04, 2017 11:10 AM |
‘Diversity and the City’ will take place on 7 December

A range of influential speakers will present their views on what diversity and multiculturalism mean to the city of Leicester in an upcoming event for the 2017 Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.

A range of speakers will not only provide their perspectives on this topic, but also take part in a discussion and Q&A session with the audience. The event is being held at Westcotes Library on Narborough Road- famously identified as the most diverse street in Britain in 2016.

Speaking at ‘Diversity and The City’ on 7 December from 6:30pm are:

  • Arnab Dutt, Chief Executive Officer of Dexo Technologies, and Diversity Lead for the Federation of Small Businesses
  • Sarah Seaton, Equalities and Assistant Secretary to Leicester and District Trades Union Council (L&DTUC);
  • Mathew Hulbert, Chair of the Leicester LGBT Centre.
  • Ahmad Haseeb, Equality and Diversity Lead, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Dr Leah Bassel, Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Leicester.

The event will be chaired by Dr Chryso Hadjidemetriou FHEA, a Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Leicester. This event has been organised in association with CivicLeicester, The Race Equality Centre (TREC) and the University of Leicester’s Unit for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement (DICE).

Festival organiser Ambrose Musiyiwa said: "Leicester is celebrated for its diversity and multiculturalism. Diversity and The City will look at what this means in terms, among other things, of the demographics of the city, poverty, equality, and access or barriers to services, employment, and wider opportunities.  These questions are part of the conversation the city needs to be having precisely because the population of the city is one of the most diverse in Britain."

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival runs from 4 December through to 10 December every year. It features performances, music, poetry, talks, discussion forums as well as art and film concerning human rights issues.

John Williams, Co-Director of the DICE unit at the University of Leicester, said: “The University of Leicester is delighted to be supporting the Leicester Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and especially to be involved in promoting this intelligent public debate, which brings together local leaders from businesses, organisations, and the public, for knowledge exchange and collaborative action for justice and equality.

”The Festival aims to give people a platform through which to engage with human rights issues at home and abroad. It also aims to draw attention to International Human Rights Day which is celebrated annually, across the world, on December 10.”

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicester-diversity-the-city-tickets-40767411425


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