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Don't sleep on us!

Our co-founder will be joining this LIT line-up for the 'Don't Sleep On Us' event at POP Brixton.

Young people make up over half of our world's population, and we have the most power to create change when we come together. Out of the creative industries in the UK, only 13% makes up the BAME representation.

Don't Sleep On Us! is our first free event for folks who get shit done. There will be a panel and exhibition hosting incredible change makers, who have identified a problem in society and created a groundbreaking project to tackle it.

There will also be talks from professionals in the creative industries, so bring something to take notes! Come along to be inspired, bring your uplifters and have a wiggle. ALL are welcome.

This is an accessible venue.

Panelists:

  • Gurls Du Filme - Shelana Azora and Shakira Francis are the creative masterminds behind Gurls Du Filme - a brand new production company supported by University of Bedfordshire. Gurls Du Filme (@gurlsdufilme) aims to promote and showcase women of colour in film. Shelana and Shakira want to challenge the role that women play in the creative industries, and be a testament that BAME women can follow their dreams and be entrepreneurs!
  • Driverse - Renè Germain and Ebisiemen Ajayi founded Driverse(@wearedriverse), the UK’s first workplace review site for underrepresented communities. Driverse provides a safe space for current or former employees who are women, from the LGBTQ community, BAME, and/or disabled to anonymously review their employer. Together, Renè and Ebi combine their skills which span the technology, media, banking and events industries. Driverse will be going live this summer 2018!

Speakers:

Olivia Crooks - Having set up a record label on her year out from uni, a passion for business led Olivia to complete internships at BBH and Google before landing her current Account Manager role at VICE media. She's worked across campaigns for Beats by Dre, Bose, Jacob's and adidas. Olivia now runs Madland Hack, a marketing & advertising community on Facebook to support BAME creatives working in those industries.

Sereena Abbassi - Sereena is the founder of All Here(@allhereorg), an organisation that helps individuals, agencies and brands to think more critically about the world that they live in and the work that they create - with diversity, inclusion & accessibility sitting at its heart. Sereena has worked with The BRIT School, Creative Equals, The Mill, and has featured in as well as has written for, Campaign Live. She has recently joined M&C Saatchi Group as Head of Culture & Inclusion.

Leyya Sattar - Leyya is an award-winning diversity champion who set up The Other Box (@_theotherbox) to celebrate people of colour and other minorities. The Other Box offers workshops, events and creative consultancy, and was recently a finalist for this year's WOW Women in Creative Industries Awards 'Breaking New Ground' award. She is also the Design Manager at design company MYWW, and as of 2018, she's part of the BIMA Creative Council. 

Art:

We Are Here UK - Artists Erin Aniker and Jess Nash came together to create We Are Here UK, after noticing an increase in anti-immigration rhetoric seen since the referendum to leave the EU. We Are Here UK (@wearehereuk) aims to highlight that both identities, British and BME, are often seen as mutually exclusive, and their exhibitions provide a platform for BME artists exploring their dual British identity. Erin and Jess' work will be exhibited on the night, so prepare to be blown away!

DJ:

Teisha Matthews - Teisha (@teishamatthews) is a London-based DJ/Producer, spinning everything from House to Hip Hop and Funk.

Earlier Event: April 18
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