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Monday 8 – Friday 19 March

The University of Nottingham's first ever virtual diversity festival took place from Monday 8 to Friday 19 March 2021. The festival's focus was on  ‘embracing and celebrating difference’  with more than 20 complementary keynote and local virtual events open to staff, students and alumni. To celebrate with the University, we were joined in conversation with a series of artists, in partnership with University Radio Nottingham. Enjoy our programme of events below.

Our first ever diversity festival enables us to truly embrace and celebrate difference. I’m excited it will help promote understanding and awareness and support challenging conversations that champion our community’s diversity."

– Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and People


Nottingham-born artist Permindar Kaur, who's solo exhibition Hiding Out  was displayed in the Djanogly Gallery in 2014, joined us for an interview with art historian and curator Eddie Chambers. Chambers quizzes Kaur about her thirty or so years as a practicing artist and how she found her voice among Black and Asian artists in the 1990s identity politics-dominated art scene.

Enjoy the interview below:

Photograph of Abel Solaocoe playing cello


South African cellist Abel Selaocoe is redefining the parameters of the cello. He moves seamlessly across a plethora of genres and styles, from collaborations with world musicians and beatboxers, to concert performances and solo classical recitals. Abel combines virtuosic performance with improvisation, singing and body percussion, and has a special interest in curating recital programmes that highlight the links between Western and non-Western musical traditions, with view to helping classical music reach a more diverse audience.

Ahead of his concert livestreamed from the Djanogly Recital Hall on Thursday 11 March, 7pm, Abel Selaocoe discussed his music-making with Postgraduate Music student Amber Frost and Lakeside's Head of Music Programmes, Catherine Hocking.

Enjoy the interview below.

Photograph of Sura Susso playing Kora


Sura Susso is a creative, versatile and talented kora player and percussionist, who hails from a Traditional Griot family in Gambia West Africa. Exhibiting his talent in an assortment of countries, venues and festivals, Sura was invited to perform at an opening ceremony at Manchester City Hospital playing for HRH Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. In 2009 Sura and his Sister, Binta Susso, had the privilege of performing at Glastonbury festival with the legendary Baaba Maal. Sura’s musical gift, once heard, is not easy to forget. His melodic style resonates deep within, transporting you far away to a harmonic place of sheer delight.

Ahead of his concert live streamed from our Djanogly Recital Hall on Friday 19 March at 7:30pm, Sura Susso discussed his music-making with Postgraduate Music student Amber Frost and Lakeside's Head of Music Programmes, Catherine Hocking.

Enjoy the interview below:

To see the full programme of events at this year's Diversity Festival, please click hereBlue arrow linking to festival main page

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