Pawlet Brookes FRSA Executive Artistic Director


Pawlet is an accomplished and experienced senior manager and producer who has been at the heart of the development of Black arts centres, from Marketing Manager at the Nia Centre (Manchester) in the 90s to the Artistic Director of Peepul Centre (Leicester) and Chief Executive of Rich Mix (London). She has been the Arts Council assessor for a number of Black arts capital projects, such as Bernie Grant Arts Centre (London) and National Centre for Carnival Arts (Luton). Pawlet is the Founder and Artistic Director of Serendipity, a diversity led organisation that initiated and produces LDIF (Let’s Dance International Frontiers), an annual festival in Leicester since 2011, and also delivers each year a Black History Month programme for Leicester as well as other projects.

She has edited and published “Serious About Dance – Let’s Talk” in 2005, “Hidden Movement: Contemporary Voices of Black British Dance” in 2013, “Creolizing Dance in a Global Age” in 2015 and “Blurring Boundaries: Urban Street meets Contemporary Dance” in 2016.

During her extensive career she has programmed, commissioned or been the producer for a wide range of international artists, directors and companies: Soweto Kinch, Nina Simone, Steven Berkoff, Scottish Ballet, Geraldine O’Connor, Ballet Black, Mahogany Arts, Daksha Sheth Dance, Henri Oguike, Phillip Herbert, Mica Paris, Akala, Gil Scott Heron, Aswad, Kyle Abraham and L’Acadco.

Her consultancy work includes leadership training, partnership building, artistic assessment, business planning, fund-raising (private and public sectors and charitable trusts), marketing, audience development and cultural diversity, events management and international programming. She was a finalist for the 2009 National Regeneration and Renewals Award for Cultural Leadership and has been a speaker at a number of international conferences, including being the UK representative at a UNESCO conference in Stockholm.