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Equity’s new campaign to increase diversity and equality in our industry

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Play Fair Magazine

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Play Fair have recently launched a new campaign to increase diversity and equality within the industry.

The lack of diversity on our stages, screens, airwaves and online is one of the biggest issues our industry faces, and members from diverse backgrounds have fewer working opportunities as a result – making lack of diversity an industrial priority for Equity. 

Play Fair highlights Equity’s policy statement on inclusive casting which calls for:

  • More incidental casting – where the identity of the actor is incidental to the character opening up more opportunities to cast more diversely
  • Greater authenticity when diversity is relevant to the role – for example, more disabled actors playing disabled characters
  • Greater legal compliance with equality law

Equity wants to see more employers:

  • Play Fair on inclusive casting – to deliver more diversity on stage, screen, online and on-air
  • Play Fair with the law – members routinely share their experiences of poor and potentially illegal practice
  • Play Fair on accessibility – too little thought is given to ensuring disabled actors have equality of opportunity in the casting process
  • Play Fair and monitor – more employers need to monitor the diversity of their performers so that we can measure progress

Equity has recently produced a Manifesto for Casting and a Casting Questions Card that outline how employers, agents and casting directors can ensure they are acting inclusively and within the law when they represent, audition and employ actors.

For more details Diversity film and TV Research

Cardiff Third Sector presents Social Values Champion

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Social Values Forum

As part of the Cardiff Third party Sector

Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Integrated Health and Social Care Partnership took their first steps to establish a Social Value Forum in May 2017.

Working with Social Firms Wales Ltd,  they were pleased to welcome partners from across the region to consider the shape and scope of this development.

You can read the Social Value Forum Workshop Report here.

On 9th September, the partnership will host Understanding Procurement to Deliver Innovative Public Services,

a joint event with Social Business Wales.

Contact the IHSC Team to register your place.

The Partnership is looking to ‘appoint’ a number of Social Value Champions to help us develop our work.

To find out more, please express your interest by Monday 11th September 2017!

Queen’s Commonwealth Games Baton Relay heading to Cardiff

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Diverse Cymru, working with the Butetown Community Center are facilitating the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games when it arrives in Butetown Cardiff.

 Sixteen specially-chosen baton bearers from Cardiff will take part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay when it arrives in the city next month.

 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II set the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay in motion in March and it will come to Butetown, Cardiff, on Tuesday, September 5, as part of its 388-day journey through the Commonwealth.

 The baton will cover 230,000 kilometres en route to its final destination – the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – on April 4, 2018.

 Butetown has been specifically chosen for its historical position as one of the UK’s oldest multicultural communities and the relay will be a celebration of the talents and achievements of its diverse population.

 The route through Butetown is around 4km and the 16 baton bearers – Local Legends, schoolchildren, politicians and sporting heroes – will carry the baton along the way.

 The baton is due to arrive in Cardiff at around 3.45pm on September 5, when the Princess Katharine water taxi brings it from the barrage across the Bay to Mermaid Quay.

 It will be greeted by The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr Bob Derbyshire who will then walk the baton across to the Senedd where the relay will begin.

 The Baton Bearers will walk the baton past the Old Docks into Butetown and along the way, it will stop at Mount Stuart Primary School, Butetown Mosque, Cardiff and Vale College and the Greek Church before reaching Butetown Community Centre at 5pm, for an evening of sporting activities and performances including music.

 The relay will also go into Canal Park where it will take on a carnival atmosphere with dancers, music and floats from the previous week’s carnival. And the relay will be greeted by flags from many nations, decorating Christina Street and Loudoun Square.

 All members of the wider Cardiff community are invited attend to celebrate the cultural diversity of Butetown.

 Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr Bob Derbyshire, said: “It is a real privilege and an honour for the Lady Mayoress and I to be welcoming the baton to the city and to be Baton Bearers for part of the route.

 “It will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the talents and achievements of Butetown’s diverse population.”

 Cllr Peter Bradbury, Cabinet member for Culture and Leisure at Cardiff Council, said: “I am delighted the Queen’s Baton Relay will be coming to Cardiff and Butetown in September on its journey to the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

 “It will be a marvellous occasion and I would encourage everybody to come and enjoy this great celebration of the cultural diversity of Butetown.”

 Chris Jenkins, Commonwealth Games Wales Chief Executive, said: “Team Wales brings together all those competing or supporting our athletes to perform to their absolute best at the Commonwealth Games.

 “This inclusive relay will give everyone that can’t make it to the Gold Coast a chance to be involved in an unforgettable experience.

 “As the Baton travels through Wales, our aim is to celebrate our rich and diverse heritage, culture, language and landscape on an International stage.”

 The British Empire and Commonwealth Games held in Cardiff in 1958 were the first to stage the Queen’s Baton Relay.

 The relay signifies a visual celebration of the unity and diversity of all the Commonwealth nations and carries a message from the Queen to Games athletes, which is read out at the opening ceremony.

Black History Month Wales

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NOMINATE A Young Black Person for the Race Council Cymru (RCC) Black History Wales Youth Awards 2017

 

Theme:

 

OUR STARS. OUR FUTURE. OUR HISTORY:

10th Year Anniversary 2017

                                             

Black History Month Wales (BHMW) is being celebrated for the 10th year in Wales!

We aim to capture and share the contributions of people of African descent from the diaspora as part of our shared history, through a wide range of educational and creative activity for people of all ages. Race Council Cymru as the ethnic minority established national lead body for race in Wales manages Black History Wales-wide work. The Black History Wales network is made up of over 104 pan-Wales organisations such as; youth charities, grassroots groups, schools, Further Education and Higher Education institutions representing people of different cultures, faiths and geographical locations who sit on our steering committee. These include Amgueddfa Cymru/ Museum Wales; African Community Centre – Wales; Cardiff and Bangor Universities; Schools; Minority Ethnic Achievement Support (MEAS) Team; Neath Port Talbot CBC; The Cardiff Volunteer Centre @C3SC; Jamaican Society; Wales Millennium Centre, Barnardos Cymru, National Assembly for Wales and Trade Unions in Wales to name but a few.

 

To celebrate BHMW 2017, the theme for the year is “OUR STARS. OUR FUTURE. OUR HISTORY: 10th Anniversary 2017’’ (Hashtag #BHMWales10)

 

The Black History Wales Youth Awards provides a platform to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people of African descent in Wales. Last year, the first of this award ceremony was held at the Senedd, Cardiff Bay. Led by Race Council Cymru, the awards ceremony was a huge success, with awards presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government Professor Mark Drakeford AM. The ceremony and winners received nationwide coverage and prime time spots on BBC News and ITV’s Newsweek. This year, we aim even higher and we want you to be part of it – so please nominate a deserving young person of African descent.

 

Black History Wales Youth Awards will take place on

 

Friday 29th September 2017 at 12pm at Pierhead Building Cardiff Bay,

 

This event will be hosted by Professor Mark Drakeford AM – Assembly member for Cardiff West

 

Closing date for nominations is Thursday 31st August, 2017.

 

Download an application form from our websites which are:

 

www.racecouncilcymry.org.uk or www.bhmwales.org.uk

 

 

Email us to request an application form at: info@racecouncilcymru.org.uk     or phone us at: 07838360979

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