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Diversity Fest 2019
Annual Report and Accounts
- Chair’s Report
Diversity Fest 2019 was a huge success, attracting one of our biggest audiences so far, despite the torrential rain and many people succumbing to seasonal colds.
Also, in 2019, we launched own weekly live radio show, in partnership with Sheffield Live!, which is broadcast every Thursday 3-4 p.m on 93.2 FM and at: https://web.sheffieldlive.org/shows/diversity-fest-radio
We look forward to introducing in 2020, if funding permits, a Fringe Programme in the week before the festival and our first special project in the form of a Diversity Fest Art Group.
Our aims are:
- To deliver an annual free community arts festival which celebrates diversity and promotes mutual respect and collaboration between different communities.
- To showcase music, dance and spoken word performances by people of different genders, sexualities, ethnicities, ages and abilities at the festival and associated fundraising and publicity events.
- To bring together communities to celebrate unity for we have more in common than things that divide us.
We have successfully delivered the following main activities over the last year:
- a) The Festival
- b) The Radio Show
- a) The Festival
Diversity Fest is a free annual community arts festival where we celebrate diversity through music, dance, spoken word and art.
Established in 2015, our fifth festival took place on Sunday, September the 29th, 2019.
The venue was Hagglers Corner, 586 Queens Road, Sheffield S2 4DU.
The 2019 festival showcased 37 acts (involving around 150 people) over the 8 hour event performing across three stages (1 outdoor and 2 indoor).
Acts featured people from a range of genders, sexualities, ethnicities, ages and abilities.
The festival was organised and delivered by a group of 12 local volunteers.
We attracted an audience of approximately 400 people over the day.
This year performers came from South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.
We are committed to running a festival that is highly sustainable and excellent value for money, using the minimum of our planet’s finite resources necessary to have a fun and safe event.
Our 2019 budget (£133) covered the following basic costs:
100 Equipment hire (75%)
23 Printing (17%)
10 Volunteer refreshments (8%)
- 51% of acts were new to Diversity Fest.
It’s important to us to provide opportunities for performers, as it can be very difficult to get a slot at many festivals unless you are an established performer.
About a half of our acts this year were new to the festival.
- 81% of acts included women and girls (51% of acts included men and boys).
Over three-quarters of our acts included women and girls (about half included men and boys).
Women and girls make up approximately 50% of the current UK population, and are often under-represented in community festivals.
We’re committed to ensuring that at least half of our acts include women and girls.
- 24% of acts included people from BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) communities.
Around a quarter of our acts included people from BAMER communities.
People from BAMER communities make up approximately 14% of the current UK population, and are often under-represented in community festivals.
We’re committed to ensuring that at least one seventh of our acts include people from BAMER communities.
- 21% of acts included people from the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans) community.
About a fifth of our acts included people from the LGBT community.
People from the LGBT community make up approximately 10% of the current UK population, and are often under-represented in community festivals.
We’re committed to ensuring that at least one tenth of our acts include people from the LGBT community.
- 16% of acts included children and young people.
People of all ages are welcome at our event and just over a seventh of our acts included children and young people.
Children and young people make up approximately 15% of the current UK population, and are often under-represented in community festivals.
We’re committed to ensuring that at least one seventh of our acts include children and young people.
- 8% of acts included people with disabilities.
We welcome people of all abilities to our festival and about a twelfth of our acts (8%) included people with disabilities.
People with disabilities make up approximately 20% of the current UK population, and are often under-represented in community festivals.
We’re committed to working towards ensuring that one fifth of our acts include people with disabilities and will make this a priority aim for Diversity Fest 2020.
Range of Performances
Live music included Electro, Grunge, Bluegrass, Indie, Folk, Rock and Pop acts plus DJs.
Musicians also performed African drumming, Reggae, Iranian Blues, Indian classical and Bollywood song.
Dance performances included Ragga, Indian Classical, Bellydance, Contemporary and African fusion.
The festival also featured poetry and talks.
- b) The Radio Show
Also, in 2019, we launched own weekly live radio show, in partnership with Sheffield Live!, which is broadcast every Thursday 3-4 p.m.
Diversity Fest Radio features a wide range of recordings, live performances and recordings of live performances plus guest interviews with performers and community activists of interest to the wider diversity promoting and festival communities.
You can listen live, listen again and download the free podcasts (for the last 8 shows) from here: https://web.sheffieldlive.org/shows/diversity-fest-radio
An archive of all shows can be heard here: https://www.mixcloud.com/trevortomlin12/stream/
All enquiries: email@example.com
The Difference We Have Made
We have raised awareness of the creative contribution made by community groups and individuals from a wide range of genders, sexualities, ethnicities, abilities and ages.
We have shown that creative collaborations are possible, desirable and great fun through our performances and audience participation in activities like dance workshops.
We have encouraged people (whatever their level of experience) to participate in Diversity Fest by inviting them to perform at the festival.
For some of our acts it was one of their first appearances on a public stage, whereas others had over 40 years experience.
We also encouraged our audience to participate in workshops on the day.
“Well done for another succesful Diversity Festival!” – Pat
“Loved the event, well done.” – Tariq
“Thanks for letting me volunteer I enjoyed it. Good festival. x” – Lucy
“Mithril had a wonderful time at Diversity Festival – what a great atmosphere !” – Nick
“Thanks for having us! (Bring Me The Blonde) xxx”. – Lolly
“It was amazing and a great feel and vibe!!” – Phil (Hurt Attack)
“Thanks for the slot – another outstanding event”. – Del Scott Miller
“Many thanks for last night, a great event for a great cause.” – Paul (Jennels)
“A big thanks to everyone involved for putting on another great event it sounded amazing. I know you all work so hard to put this together so well done and speak soon. Cheers Dave and Sarah.”
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for having me at Diversity Fest yesterday. I absolutely loved performing and chatting with everyone. It was a very special day.” – Steve Williams
“Thank you for inviting us to play at Diversity Festival … shame about the weather, but a good day was had and a good turn out.” – Pat (Cobalt Tales)
“Thank you for inviting us to drum at the Diversity Event. It was nice to be back again; was a lot of fun and I hope we can get involved again next time. Our students really love the experience and it does wonders to their self confidence.” – Steve Rivers (Unbeatable Energy)
“Just a quick note to say Diversity Fest 2019 was wonderful! It was good to see so many people enjoying themselves. I heard lots of positive comments. For example, one person said that the only problem with Diversity Fest is that there are so many great acts, he kept missing acts he wanted to see because he could only see one act at a time! Another said Diversity Fest is like a breath of fresh air. Great work, Trevor. Good on you!.” – Jo
“I heard u on FM it was a good programme today:)” – JC
- Plans For The Coming Year
Our plans for the coming year include:
- Exploring ways of increasing the involvement of people with disabilities in our festival.
- Introduction of a Fringe Programme in the week before the festival, if funding permits.
- Introduction of our first special project, if funding permits, namely a Diversity Fest Art Group.
Trevor Tomlin (Chair)
Madge Woollard (Co-Treasurer)
Grace Parry (Co-Treasurer)
Tim Dennell (Co-Secretary)
Paddy Moran (Co-Secretary)
Diversity Fest 2019 was funded from donations and a Crowdfunder campaign.
Diversity Fest 2019 Accounts (30th Sept 2018 – 29th Sept 2019)
34.55 Brought Forward – 2018 Festival collection (Sept 2018)
49.43 Crowdfunder (Sept 2019)
50.00 Donation – T. Tomlin (Sept 2019)
34.85 2019 Festival Collection (Sept 2019)
35.00 Donation – J. Whateley (Sept 2019)
100 PA hire (C. McMahon – Sept 2019)
23 Posters (Mensa -Aug 2019)
- Thank You
Huge thanks to all our performers at Diversity Fest 2020:
Rotherham Sangeet Choir, Sheffield Performing Arts, Ragga Fanatics, Clare Macey, Alannah, Anna Kissed, Zubaidah, Unbeatable Energy, Rotherham African Drums, Arash Sabet, Madge Woollard, The Bleeding Obvious, Summerisle, Mithril, Uken Dixon, Del Scott Miller, Mark James, Mulembas D’Africa, Tunes & Rhythms, Phoenix Bellydance, Sunrit Culture, Death And The Dancer, Jack’s Rake, Bring Me The Blonde, Speed For Lovers, Bungalow Bliss, Treebeard, Earth Tales, Jennels.
Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who helped out on the day:
Madge Woollard, Jo Whateley, Jonathan Cook, Heather Paterson, Paddy Moran, Lucy Meldrum, Grace Parry, Tim Dennell, Mark James, Trevor Tomlin.
Huge thanks to Chris McMahon for doing the sound upstairs.
Special thanks to Dave, Sarah and all the staff at Hagglers Corner.
Massive thanks to our enthusiastic and energetic audience and everyone else who has helped out and encouraged us over the last year.