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Friday 22 September 6.30-8.30pm

Mercury Studio Theatre, Colchester, CO1 1PT

 Join us for a series of short soap-box shout-outs on why DIVERSITY MATTERS.

Hosted by Essex Book Festival and Essex Cultural Diversity Project, this event brings people together who want to champion diversity in the arts and in our communities.

Come along and hear three-minute mini-talks and performances from a variety of speakers, including presentations from the Mercury Theatre, Colchester Chinese Society, African Families in the UK, CoCo Care & Best Foot Forward Dance, Arts La’Olam, Jaymini Bedia’s Bollywood Dance and many more!

Presentations will be followed by food and refreshments.

Free event, all welcome.

Places are limited so booking is essential

Global Essex -Working across Five Festivals



ECDP have further developed five existing Essex based festivals to diversify their programming and attracted new audiences in Summer 2017 through providing opportunities to emerging Essex based BAME artists who performed alongside established world music artists following from  last year’s Global Music and Dance Weekend(GMAD an intensive talent development programme for emerging musicians/dancers who wanted to develop their practice and move on in their careers, through learning and performing alongside experienced artists. We further developed from GMAD and provided a collaborative showcase of performances and workshops through our ‘Global Essex’ Stage with an opportunity for Essex based emerging artists who showcased their talent at WOMAD 2017. We worked with a range of partners from local authorities, NPO Metal, WOMAD festival and Essex promoters at five existing festivals 3ft People Festival – an event for children under the age of 5 years and The Fling – an innovative cultural event for adults both in Chelmsford, Big Sunday at Colchester, family orientated arts festival & Village Green, Next Generation targeted at schools in Southend.

ECDP have proven to project partners the need for developing these festivals which currently had limited diverse programming and had not been successful in attracting a wider diverse demographic audience.

We achieved this by showcasing high quality and established world music artists ‘paired’ with Essex based emerging artists to collaborate through performances and workshops. All five festivals were keen to work with ECDP for long term sustainable partnerships through matched funding, in kind support, infrastructure, showcasing opportunities for diverse artists and programming to reach new & existing audiences. ECDP has part of it NPO Offer from 2018 will be developing an audience development strategy with our partners to ensure that the outcomes from Global Essex will continue through these existing festivals in the future.

Project supported by –

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Artist Salon Day 


Ellie Stout Diversity officer ACE with Efua Sey Korbi

ECDP Delivered an Artist Salon Day at Essex Record office on Wednesday 25th November 2015 funded by Arts Council in partnership with Essex Cultural Diversity Project (ECDP) to support and encourage commissioned artists to apply and submit Gfta application for diverse projects. The day was led by ECDP project manager and Jenny Williams from Take the Space  with attendance by East Region Diversity Relationship Manager Ellie Stout and Combined Arts Relationship Manager – Simon Ginger. Artists have committed themselves to work with ECDP and hub partners to create new diverse projects to further develop their work.


Seema Anand and Anette Lister Razed Roof


Jenny William mentoring Lata Updadhyaya




 Rickshaw Art Project 

Artist Lata Upadhyaya has received Arts Council funding(Gfta) to create an arts project restoring an authentic Indian Rickshaw which will relate to Essex and tour around the county. The project will work with the Hindu Clacton Temple to create a piece of artwork with traditional paintings and drawings in ethnic artwork with context to Essex. The Rickshaw has been part of the Hindu Clacton temple for the last 20 years and in need to restoration and I have been approached by the Temple to develop a creative idea to create something unique. Volunteers from the Temple and the local Hindu community will work with Lata and help decorate the rickshaw with paintings related to the landscape of Essex i.e – The coast, buildings, the temple, shorelines, beaches, Martello towers etc. The project is also supported by Essex County Council Cultural Development and Essex Cultural Diversity Project who brokered the partnerships.

The rickshaw will be decorated and painted at my studio in High House Production park in Purfleet at the ACME studios.


ART EVENT ‘Southend Colour’ by Zarah Hussain

Jun 23, 2015 Art Event by Islamic Arts Magazine

A visual exploration of feelings about migration, identity and demographic change presented as a mathematical geometric pattern.


Zarah Hussain / Courtesy of the Artist

Over the past 10 years there have been many demographic changes in Southend. Long-standing Asian, Chinese and Black communities have been joined by more recent immigrants from Eastern Europe, while others have relocated from escalating living costs in London. In its own way, therefore, Southend is a microcosm of the changing face of the UK.

Zarah Hussain’s new project ‘Southend Colour’ is a visual exploration of feelings about migration, identity and demographic change. It changes colour according to responses made by the people of Southend in real time through internet enabled devices. The resulting data is collected and presented as a mathematical geometric pattern.


Screen from ‘Southend Colour’ by Zarah Hussain / Courtesy of the Artist

‘Southend Colour’ will be shown at the Village Green festival in Southend on July 11, 2015 and intermittently on the big screen at Focal Point Art Gallery during summer 2015.

Village Beach Launch in Grays

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METAL and Thurrock Council are delighted to announce Village Beach – a brand new festival of culture for Thurrock celebrating the creativity, ingenuity, arts and music of the whole Borough.

Village Beach will take place on Saturday, 18 July from 11am until 8pm at Grays Beach Riverside Park on the banks of the River Thames

With seven stages of music, spoken word, dance, performance and international circus cabaret; seven beach hut venues showcasing the best of Thurrock arts and heritage; a big bake competition; mad-cap games; a busking stage (anyone can turn up and have a go!) and much more to see and take part in, it promises to be a fun-packed day for all the family.

Entry to Village Beach is FREE with a programme of activities that will appeal to the whole family – from the age of two to eighty-two.

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“A new place, on new soil, a new culture and a new beginning”

 by Lata Upadhyaya

This series of work is based upon my own experience of migrating from the East to the West. Wherever we travel, we always take a bit of our own culture, individuality and belongings with us. No one wants to completely leave behind their identities, but we have to find a way to renegotiate and make sense of these identities within a new culture and context.

Having lived in Thurrock for nine years, I also wanted to engage with other diverse communities and to open dialogues with other people who have similarly experienced migration to the UK. The work expresses their experiences, culture and changing ways that they perceive their own identities. Each individual journey and experience, represents a story.

I have created each work by utilizing objects, symbols, images, material, memories and treasures. Once the objects and materials had been identified that are significant to each story, I have presented them in a clear suitcase, symbolically ‘packing’ unique identities into a small number of items. These suitcases represent the motion of the journey and the indefinite significance that these journeys continue to have on our lives.

As you look at each suitcase you will need to interpret the contents to identify each persons story – where are they from, when did they arrive, what did they bring with them, what do they do after arrival, how did they feel about their experience.

To help you along, here are a few quotations from the stories

‘When we came, we where only allowed to bring £3, however we found it easy to get work’

 ‘When I arrived it was very cold and didn’t feel like going out’

 ‘I came to get married and found it very easy to settle down’

‘I found it very difficult to make friends’

 ‘I arrived and got a lottery ticket straight away’

 ‘I brought all the wrong clothes, nothing for cold weather’

I hope that you enjoy the stories and if you require more information, I will be available to discuss the work on Saturday 25th April, between 1 and 4pm.

I would like to thank Essex Cultural Diversity Project, Arts Council England and Essex County Council, who have very kindly supported this series of work.