Lakeside Arts
Part of University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts


Part of the University of Nottingham's Diversity Festival 2021

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.

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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