Falmouth University festival to celebrate Britain’s diversity

Falmouth University is hosting a unique festival on May 25 to celebrate culture and diversity.

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Speakers from around the world will travel to the Penryn Campus sports centre to lead a day of inspirational talks.

As well as a packed afternoon of guest speakers, there will be a panel discussion and audience Q&A, the premiere of the Voices documentary ‘Lost in the noise’ and entertainment throughout the day.

The Voices project was created by Harry Bishop, Community and Welfare President at Falmouth University.

Harry said: “The work of the Voices project has been groundbreaking, giving marginalised students an opportunity to share stories and difficult experiences they’ve been through.

“But now we want to take things bigger with the Voices Festival, a full day celebrating culture and diversity in Cornwall, and we’d love to have the local community join us on campus for the day.”

One of the guests on the day will be Jamie Windust, award-winning Editor-in-Chief of the LGBTQIA+ focused magazine, Fruitcake.

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Also making an appearance is Amatey Doku, NUS Vice President for Higher Education. Amatey has a strong focus on eradicating the black attainment gap that exists in educational institutions.

Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson, who is a dedicated advocate of empowering young people will be speaking at the event.

Amanda has spent her career fighting to put the voices of young people at the heart of decision-making, whether that be through the Brexit debate as co-founder of For our Future’s Sake or into the heart of government as Chair of the British Youth Council.

A talk will be given by Samantha Budd, CEO of University of Bristol Student’s Union and a leading voice in the discussion about gender and race in the workplace; and Aminata Cairo, lector of Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences who is renowned for starting her talks with an exciting Surinamese call and response chant.

There will also be a surprise keynote speaker on the day. Tickets are priced at £15 and are available at www.fxu.org.uk/voicesfestival.

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