Celebrating Our Diversity

Posted on 12 October 2016

At the Belgrade, we have a strong commitment to representing the diversity of the city’s communities, and for the last few years have been working hard to build links with local Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups, together with older people, young people and many other under-represented or less engaged members of our communities.

We are therefore delighted to have been recognised with a UK Theatre Awards 2016 for the Promotion of Diversity – beating off stiff competition from Eclipse Theatre Company and Oldham Coliseum. Awarded by theatre and industry experts, it recognises the hard work of the theatre over the past year in increasing the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people amongst its workforce, the shows we produce and the communities we engage with.

Some examples of our work include:

Critical Mass – a free 10 week playwriting programme run at the Belgrade Theatre for writers aged 18+ from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

Arts Gymnasium – programme for those over 50, and uses theatre and arts activities to contribute to the quality of life and positive well-being of those in our Shine On, Living Well and Reaching Out groups.

Belgrade Lifestage – our unique enrichment and work related learning programme for students aged 14 – 16 years, particularly for those not reaching their full potential within the mainstream education system.

Black and Asian Youth Theatres – free groups to provide a platform for the stories and histories of these communities.

“The main benefit I have got from it is the platform that it gives you, I wouldn’t have had that anywhere else and that has grown my confidence to audition for schools and start getting out there into the world of acting”. Black Youth Theatre Participant

Diversity Rocks – a concert celebrating the diversity of Coventry and Warwickshire’s communities, on Sunday 16th October 2016. You can book your tickets here.

We’re incredibly proud of the work that we do, and the recognition gives us great encouragement to strive to continue to provide these opportunities. However, we can only do this with the continued support of our audiences, funders, donors and Members.

To find out how you can help support the work of the Belgrade, click here.

The Belgrade Theatre Trust is a registered charity (number 219163). This means that all the money given, raised or earned is not distributed as profit but kept and reinvested in the work that we do.