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Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic

The New Black – Work with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

The Belgrade Theatre has a strong commitment to representing the diversity of the city’s communities, and for the last few years has been working hard to build links with local BAME groups. Whilst the representation of BAME communities in our existing groups is largely reflective of the city ratios, the voices of these communities are rarely heard since they are always a minority voice within a group. So the theatre’s work has focused on developing a writing programme, Critical Mass, to develop writers from within the local community; and on running targeted projects, such as the Black Youth Theatre and Asian Youth Theatre.

All New Black groups engage with the rest of the theatre’s Click Spring programme, and the New Black strand of work provides opportunities for other groups to engage with the breadth of the city’s context and heritage. In December 2010, the theatre was commended at the national Awards for Bridging Cultures for its work in encouraging intercultural dialogue.

Work has included Hussan and Harry (2005), a project about experiences of warfare, with a group of young asylum seekers and the Senior Youth Theatre; The First Time I Saw Snow (2008), a TiE tour about new incoming communities, as well as smaller-scale collaborations with grassroots BAME organisations such as Black Boys Can. More recently, the theatre has established a reputation for its In Our Own Words community festivals, with the 2009 festival, The Mysteries – In Our Own Words inspired by stories from both the Bible and the Qur’an, and the 2010 festival based on true stories of immigration to the city.

The Click Spring Team welcome contact with organisations working with the city’s BAME communities.

Organisations or individuals wishing to get involved in the work of the Click Spring Team should contact 024 7684 6741 or communityadmin@belgrade.co.uk