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Diversity is important, we all know that. So why is there still so little of it?

I attended Ballet Black earlier this month and it was an amazing show, such class and quality!
Ballet Black is a professional ballet company for Black and Asian dancers that aims to diversify ballet both in the audience and on the stage. They also teach dance classes too, so they're ushering in a new generation of dancers and I'm very glad the company exists, though it shouldn't have to.

I also attended a Young People in Arts talk on diversity on the arts and I wanted to share my favourite quotes from the panel:

"Every person of colour would have been told by their parents that they have to be better than their white counterparts in order to succeed."

"The things you learn by learning an instrument equips you for life."

"The glass ceiling is a figment of your imagination. If you don't acknowledge it, then it doesn't have to be your reality."

"If 44% of the workforce are from a 'minority' (I hate that word) background, then where are they? Clearly not in senior positions!"

"Why are we always trying to get a slice of the cake? Why can' we bake our own?"

We live in a diverse society and the creative industries should be most representative of that. Representation is so important. People naturally feel more comfortable when they see someone who looks like them.
Race, gender and disability are still so under-represented within the workforce, but there's a lot of talk going on so things are starting to change. I think. I hope.

What's your opinion on diversity?
  • 17.10.16