Webinar: Raising the Curtain on Cultural Diversity: Integrating Inclusion into the Arts

July 19, 2011

Cities of Migration hosted a webinar to learn about successful strategies for community engagement, creative mentoring, and promoting immigrant integration through the arts. Presenters from Auckland and Toronto share innovative ideas about how music, performance and new literary voices are building stronger communities through the arts and changing the way we see ourselves in the city.

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Featured Good Ideas:

  • In Toronto, Diaspora Dialogues, a literary organization supports the creation and presentation of new fiction, poetry, and drama of culturally diverse artists by creating meaningful opportunities for artistic mentorship, performance and by building new audiences for newcomer voices.Watch the Video Presentation.
  • In Auckland, People in Your Neighbourhood, a project of the British Council New Zealand, puts aspiring artists and performers from diverse communities on stage. The project involves capacity building workshops, online and face to face collaborations and master-classes in creativity and performance.Watch the Video Presentation.


Gareth Farry
New Zealand Business Manager, British Council

Gareth Farry is currently working for the British Council New Zealand as the National Arts Manager, and runs the PIYN project. He is a Lebanese New Zealander, born in Dunedin and currently living in Auckland New Zealand. He has law and anthropology degrees from Otago University (LLB, BA). He has been involved in the Music industry for 20 years, and co-created one of New Zealand’s most famous clubs in Auckland called Khuja Lounge in 1997. In 2001 I established the Pacific Soul Record label Sugarlicks Records, which he still runs today.

Ingrid Leary
New Zealand Country Director, British Council

Ingrid is currently employed as the Country Director for cultural relations agency The British Council, Ingrid’s work entails public speaking, organizing arts events and promoting British arts in NZ. Ingrid is currently the Chair of the Pacific Islands Aids Foundation, and has directed and produced eight documentaries profiling HIV+ women – these have broadcast in NZ and in 11 Pacific Island nations A qualified lawyer (LLB Hons) with a Masters in Sociology, Ingrid has also worked as journalism lecturer at the University of the South Pacific (Fiji) News Director (Fiji One News) and as the youngest person to have been a press secretary for a NZ parliamentary Minister (Hon Maurice Williamson, 1989 – 92.) Previously a freelance journalist/television presenter/producer, she was given the Prime Minister’s Award for Bravery (NZSSM) for her coverage of the Banda Aceh Tsunami in 2004.

Julia Chan
Artistic Director, Diaspora Dialogues

Julia has been working for Diaspora Dialogues since 2007 and has recently assumed the role of Artistic Director. Diaspora Dialogues supports the creation and presentation of new fiction, poetry and drama the reflect the complexity of the city through the eyes of its richly diverse writers. Julia is also active in the film industry as a freelance reader and story analyst. She holds an MFA in Screenwriting from York University and is a graduate of the prestigious Canadian Film Centre’s Writers’ Lab. As a screenwriter, her short film In Shadow (produced through the CFC’s Short Dramatic Film Program) was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, among others, and garnered an award for Best Short Screenplay at the International Cherokee Film Festival. Julia’s other writing work has been supported by the Toronto Arts Council and recently appeared in subTerrain.


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