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Whose Heritage? A (multi) cultural perspective symposium

24th May, 9.30am–5.30pm, The Assembly Rooms Newcastle

Northumbria University presents Whose Heritage?, a symposium honouring the 20th anniversary of Stuart Hall’s landmark address: Whose Heritage? Un‐settling ‘the Heritage’, Re‐imagining the post‐nation

The free, one-day event features internationally renowned Keynote speakers David Olusoga (BBC broadcaster and public historian) and Dawn Walton (Eclipse Theatre Artistic Director), plus panels and performances that reflect on Stuart Hall’s project to challenge inequalities in the culture and heritage fields.

The Whose Heritage? symposium takes place on Friday 24th May 2019 at the Assembly Rooms, in Newcastle upon Tyne. A curated daytime programme of invited talks, roundtables and arts interventions and performances offer a vital snapshot of current theory, performances and interventions. Open to BME and public audiences especially youth voices, the event is designed to offer a fresh approach to debate beyond reports, data, sector insights and academia.

Whose Heritage? aims to raise awareness and expand society’s attitudes about heritage, and to incorporate ideas of ‘difference’ and ‘change’ into how we think about the past. In the current political climate, ‘going public’ with cultural difference will make a claim on how culture, the arts and heritage is envisioned and practiced in the North East.

Whose Heritage? is part of a wider AHRC-funded (Multi) Cultural Heritage fellowship at Northumbria University with AHRC Leadership Fellow Dr Susan Ashley (AHRC PROJECT # AH/P008984/1). The planning nucleus are local heritage and cultural organisers Nikolas Barrera of ¡VAMOS! Festival, Padma Rao of Sangini, Degna Stone of Eclipse Theatre, and Hengameh Ashraf Emami and Kathleen Boodhai of Northumbria University. This fusion of artists, curators and researchers from across the sectors who engage, consume or contribute to heritage and culture, or who are prominent in activism, will contribute to new strategies to address issues with equality and social justice.