Thoughts on FIAP

In November, I was fortunate to be invited as a delegate at the second edition of the biennial festival of performance art in Martinique, FIAP19.  Curated by Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut, the festival is a platform for a range of performance artists from around the world, attracting a number of curators, programmers and art…

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Rex Nettleford Conference: Cross Cultural Exchanges 

In October, I was fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Heritage Alliance and British Council to attend the Rex Nettleford Conference in Jamaica.  Having worked with Rex many years ago on a conference and publication in the UK called Serious About Dance, I was honoured to have the opportunity to attend the conference…

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Afroeuropean

Last month I had the opportunity to attend the Afroeuropean conference in Lisbon; Black In/Visibilities Contested.  The conference is a platform for transdisciplinary research on racism, Black cultures and identities in Europe, widening networks between scholars, activists and artists.  For myself, it was a fantastic opportunity to meet academics and practitioners from across the world,…

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The Spirit of Sankofa

In June, I was privileged to attend Heritage Dot conference at the University of Lincoln. The premise of the conference was to explore digital horizons in relation to cultural heritage, and I was invited to speak about Archiving the Past, Reflecting the Future, an initiative by Serendipity supported by the Heritage Fund to document and share the cultural contribution of the African and African Caribbean community to the East Midlands.

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Out of Many, One

(The Jamaican motto Out of Many, One People is the inspiration for this month’s blog title. The Jamaica moto encompasses the diverse heritage of the Caribbean and nods to the Latin phrase E pluribus unum, one from many).  May has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate what dance can mean in terms of bringing people together.  Often…

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Dance: A Universal Language

For many years, in different roles and organisations, I have programmed events for International Dance Day.  I am drawn to the possibilities that can come from bringing people together.  Dance provides opportunities to embrace diversity in its broadest sense.  A key to the human experience; whether narrative or abstract, each performance holds a story, a…

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Equity

Last week, I was delighted to be invited to speak at Arts Connect International’s Arts Equity Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, an initiative bringing together artists and influencers examining equity both in and through the arts.  Sam and I were privileged to hear contributions of speakers such as Hyppolite Ntiguirwa, Kaisha Johnson and Marian Brown, executive…

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Entrepreneurship

Taking inspiration from the Diversity in Entrepreneurship conference at Falmouth University this month, I have this month spent time considering the term entrepreneurship, and the mindset of “seeking out potential opportunities during uncertain times”. This is certainly true of Serendipity’s story which I founded in the midst of the recession nine years ago. However, I…

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Into the Unknown

January 2019 The start of a new year is always an opportunity to look forward with anticipation at the year ahead. For the UK, if not for most of Europe, 2019 also seems to have brought with it an air of anxiety, with Brexit on the horizon, and an ever-growing uncertainty on what exactly this…

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