On Wednesday 11th May, the Diversity in Creative Industries project (CER project) hosted it’s second Diversify! event in Malmö, Sweden. CER works to promote diversity within the creative industries and the event brought together young creative professionals, artists, musicians, policy makers and leading figures in the cultural sphere. We were also privileged to have Benjamin Billet (MUCF) with us on the day.
The event attracted over 40 participants from 13 different nationalities around the world and offered the opportunity for young professionals to present their work and network with their peers.
CER’s own Emma Jakobsson, local artist and mural painter, presented and exhibited her art work at the event. Emma underwent an internship through CER at Bijlmerpark Theatre, in Amsterdam. Local Fashion designer, Ranin Soulimen, also exhibited her work over the course of the day.
Following this, we heard from young professionals in Malmö, who presented their work and journeys. Julieta Talavera discussed ‘The Connectors Society’ and their work with the local community, in Persborg, Malmö, to build a community space. Keenan Allen presented an initiative he started in Chicago, USA, called Passport Carriers, promoting the possibilities of mobility and the role a passport can play in giving youth access to new spaces and opportunities.
The event continued with musical performances from Ramy Essam and Imad Al Tamimi, musicians from Egypt and Palestine respectively. Ramy talked about his personal journey with music and the Egyptian revolutions. Whilst Imad discussed his experience in Sweden and what led him to building his own instruments, which he presented and played afterwards.
The day concluded with a fantastic panel discussion on ‘Diversity in Creative Industries’ and how we can help to facilitate this and engage youth in the cultural sphere. Ola Persson, from STPLN, spoke about their work with young creatives in Malmö. Diana Thylin, Chief Editor of Får Jag Lov, discussed the role of music as a community creator and how older professionals should try to share their knowledge with youth. Jonas Jarl, Artistic Director of Södra Community Theatre, also stressed the importance of exchanging knowledge with young creatives and including diverse voices in the arts. Rasha Shaaban, Project Manager and Anna Lindh Foundation Network Coordinator, examined the importance of culture in uniting people and her own experiences in Egypt. Anja Olin Pape, Representative for LSU, Swedish Youth Organisations, and Member of the Advisory Group of the Council of Europe, also discussed her own experiences in Gothenburg and the importance of having trust in our young people and giving them power and influence on the topics that are important to them.
CER project is a collaboration between three organisations in Sweden, Spain and Holland: SwIdeas, Euroaccion and Capture 22 funded by ERASMUS+. The online output of the project reached 45 countries, 17 of which are in the EU. 55% of our supporters are women, 41% men and 4% undefined. Within this 51% of our online outreach was to people aged between 25 and 34. The next Diversify! event will be held in Spain in early 2017.