Debate On Inclusion and Diversity

Arts and culture organisations in Liverpool threw the spotlight on equality and diversity across the city region yesterday (Thurs July 1st)as they hosted a seminar for more than 70 professionals from the arts, culture and voluntary sector, universities, the health sector, and the City Council.

The Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium (LARC) event featured speakers from the Institute of Public Policy Research and the Equality Trust, which published the groundbreaking Spirit Level study which showed that almost everything in the developed world– from life expectancy to mental illness, from violence to illiteracy – is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is.

LARC member Michael Eakin, chief executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic , said: “Arts and cultural organisations are a fundamental part of the fabric of Merseyside and have a role to play in stimulating debate amongst themselves and other amongst civic institutions about the way we all do things.

“The Case for Greater Inclusion seminar was an opportunity to do that and to challenge our own efforts on equality and the way in which our organisations can help to create a more equal and inclusive society.”

Representatives from organisations across the city spent the afternoon session of the event in workshops and informal discussion to identify current practice on inclusion and develop new plans for future action.

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