Skip to content

Schedule

Cultural eXchanges Festival 2021 runs from Monday 1 March to Friday 5 March. You can find the schedule of events for each day below.

Each event is free to attend.

Jump to:

Monday 1 March
Tuesday 2 March
Wednesday 3 March
Thursday 4 March
Friday 5 March

Monday 1 March

EventTimeCategoryBook

Gob Squad

10am

International performance company video

Book now

3 Minute Thesis

11.30am-1.30pm

A live performance and competition

Book now

Who made my clothes?

2-2.30pm

Presentation

Book now

New Books in Sports History

4.30–5.30pm

Panel Discussion and Book Launch

Book now

Creation Poetry: How To Play With Poetry

6-8pm

Workshop

Book now

Whose Signature Is It Anyway?

8-9pm

Talk

Book now

 


11.30am - 1:30pm | 3 minute thesis challenge

PhD presenters from across Applied Arts, Architecture, Creative Writing, Design, English Language, Literature, Fashion & Textiles, Performance, Photographic History, and Sports History test their mettle at DMU’s 3MT competition. Participants will deliver their talks to Faculty judges and selected presenters will go on to compete during the Doctoral College Final in June. Present your thesis…in 3 minutes or less. Started in Australia, the 3MT is now an international phenomenon and showcases the amazing research of doctoral researchers around the world.

2-2.30pm | ‘Who Made My Clothes?’

Lucy Merrin is a final year student studying Fashion Buying with Design BA (Hons) at DMU and the owner of a small ethical fashion business, Lem Label. Passionate about ethical and conscious clothing, particularly the standards and regulations of manufacture, her pre-recorded presentation will focus on where exactly our everyday clothing comes from - from the soil to our shelves. Lucy’s talk focuses on why high-street fast-fashion brands releasing ranges that they label as 'sustainable' and/or 'conscious' is actually problematic and even possibly detrimental to the progress of environmentally friendly production. This will be an informative and educational presentation for all levels of knowledge about fashion and the environment.

4.30-5.30pm | New Books in Sports History

This event celebrates the publication of three new books from members of DMU’s International Centre for Sports History and Culture: Neil Carter’s Cycling and the British: a modern history, Heather Dichter’s edited collection Football Diplomacy: international relations and football since 1914, and Matthew Taylor’s Sport and the Home Front: wartime Britain at play 1939-45. Martin Polley, the ICSHC’s Director, chairs a conversation with the three authors about their books, about the stories they have uncovered, and about the resonances they have found between the histories they have written and today’s world.

6-8pm | How to Play with Poetry with Creation Poetry (Zoom workshop, capacity of 30 people)

Creation Poetry was founded in April 2020 by Sheffield-based creatives, Sarah Jane O'Hare and Nancy Dawkins. They sought to create an accessible and inclusive poetry community that celebrates the voices who fall outside elitist arts and culture. Creation Poetry hosts an online open mic event on the third Wednesday of every month, as well as offering creative expressive workshops, courses and more. With Creation Poetry's success, they featured many great UK artists, such as Sheffield Poet Laureate Otis Mensah, and Genevieve Carver from The Unsung Poetry. They will host a 2 hour workshop designed for the poetry-curious to dip their toe into creative expression, with live performances and open mic taster. They will explore the elements of poetry using a playful approach; diving into the senses, metaphor, imagery and emotive language, followed by an editing session that explores concepts of perspective, beginnings, endings and verse.

8-9pm | Whose Signature Is It Anyway?

This event is hosted by Beverley East, a leading authority in handwriting identification. She has over 30 years’ experience and has testified before 34 judges in 6 countries. Her company Strokes & Slants has offices in London, Kingston Jamaica, and Washington D.C. She also participated in an FBI handwriting identification research study and was the expert on an Emmy nominated episode of "America’s Hidden Stories" on the Smithsonian Channel. She received the trailblazer award for being the only woman of color practicing in both areas of handwriting expertise. She is also the author of three best-selling books.

 

Tuesday 2 March

EventTimeCategoryBook

Self Love Portrait

10-10.30am

Workshop

Book now

Creative Writing Undergrad Showcase

12-1pm

Performances

Book now

Looking After Yourself with Meg Wamithi

2-2.30pm

Talk

Book now

Ideas for songwriting with Michael Hadden

4.30-5pm

Workshop

Book now

In Conversation With Bruce Kidd

6-7pm

In Conversation

Book now

Ok So I’m In Love, I Think

8-8.30pm

Performance

Book now

An evening with Byfyn

8.30-9pm

Performance

Book now

 


2-2.30pm | Looking After Yourself with Meg Wamithi

Meg Zeenat Wamithi is a revolutionary young leader. Inspired by her own difficult experience, Meg created My Mind Matters Too, a youth-led mental health innovation hub providing research and insights from and on young people to create tailored solutions. Their main product MindMapper UK is a matchmaking tool connecting young adults around the globe to personalised mental health support in a way that is quick, easy and tailored to them. Her work has seen her recognised as a multi-award-winning mental health campaigner and consultant, working for companies such as KPMG and One Young World and is a recipient of the Diana Award. Her commitment to changing the world has seen her champion anti-bullying in schools, inclusivity and diversity on university campuses and the workplace, the evolution of school curriculums and mental health services in public policy, as well as championing young people’s voices in politics. This promises to be an empowering talk from an inspirational young leader.

6-7pm | In Conversation with Bruce Kidd

Bruce Kidd is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto, and founding Dean of the Faculty. He also served the University of Toronto as Warden of Hart House and Principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough. Bruce’s scholarship focuses upon the history and political economy of Canadian and Olympic sport. He has been involved in the Olympic Movement as an athlete (athletics 1964), journalist (1976), contributor to the arts and culture programs (1976 and 1988) and accredited social scientist (1988 and 2000). He was founding chair of the Olympic Academy of Canada (1983-1993), served on the board for Toronto’s 1996 and 2008 Olympic bids and is an honorary member of the Canadian Olympic Committee. Bruce has been a lifelong advocate of human rights and athletes’ rights. This event is hosted by Heather Dichter, Associate Professor of Sport Management and Sport History at DMU.

8-8.30pm | Ok So I’m In Love, I Think

This event is hosted by Danni Spooner, a queer, neurodivergent, working class, non binary artist. They trained as a contemporary dancer and now work as a dancer, performer, model, drag artist, poet and general nonsense goblin. They will be showing up for their performance as drag alter-ego "baby." Danni/baby will be presenting poetry from their zine "i wrote this for you (at some point) (at some time)". They may even throw in some other performance work, who knows (it’s a surprise for all of us). They encourage queers to show up, to share and receive some love.

8.30-9pm | An evening with Byfyn

BYFYN is the "thumping Synth Pop" producer and singer Ellie Isherwood. The Hertfordshire based artist is swiftly becoming known for her "quietly groundbreaking" sound, "combining left field electronics with a daring pop touch". Her thrillingly theatrical one-woman live show was recently hailed as "the most fun you can have with your clothes on" by 6 Music's Tom Robinson. Her main influences are Grimes, Kate Bush and Animal Collective, often being compared to synth pop heavyweight Robyn. Join Byfyn for a live gig on Facebook.

 

Wednesday 3 March

EventTimeCategoryBook

Music in response to COVID-19

10-11am

Panel discussion

Book now

In Conversation with Donna Payne

12-1pm

 

Live interview

Book now

Arts in Prisons - Dr Jacqui Norton (DMU) In Conversation with David Smart and Niyah Smith

2-3pm

Interview

Book now

In conversation with Scarlett Westbrook. Young activism and environmental impact

4.30-5pm

In Conversation

Book now

In Conversation with Pheebs Jameson

6-7pm

In Conversation

Book now

In Conversation with Jamie Campbell

8.8.30pm

In Conversation

Book now

 


10-11am | Music in response to COVID-19

This panel discussion features Dean Jackson (BBC Introducing), Grace Petrie, Leonie DuBarry-Gurr (LION/S & Avant Garden), and representatives from Help Musicians and PPL. They discuss their experiences and activities during the pandemic, and how they have found creative solutions to the unique challenge it has presented. They also explore how the industry will emerge in 2021 and further - forecasting the positive steps that artists can take, and whether the industry will be the same again.

2-3pm | Arts in Prisons - In Conversation with David Smart and Niyah Smith

Head of Music at HMPYOI Feltham, David Smart spent 7 years leading the department, delivering music production courses to hundreds of young men aged 15 to 21. Just like the scores of other inmates rolling onto the Feltham Education workshops for the first time, Niyah Smith made it to the infamous Workshop 5 (music centre). Niyah spent only 3 months under the tutelage of David until he was transferred to another prison that autumn. 4 years later upon his release Niyah tracked down contact details for David and reached out to him. By now David was operating his Music Tech Training Centre plus working as a freelancer mentoring ex-offenders, with the backing of the charity HMDT Music (Hackney Music). David has provided support and guidance to Niyah who now has a roster of artists he manages alongside his responsibilities as A&R for Stefflon Don’s 54London label. This event is hosted by Jacqui Norton, Senior Lecturer in Arts and Festivals Management at DMU.

4.30-5pm | In conversation with Scarlett Westbrook: Young activism and environmental impact

Scarlett Westbrook is currently the youngest person in the world to have an A level in Government and Politics, which she attained at age 13. As part of this qualification, she specialised in environment and education policy which formed a good base for the work she does today as a member of the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN), and as a climate activist. At UKSCN, Scarlett mainly focuses on policy, outreach and the Green New Deal, though she engages in a wide variety of things. She is also an opinion writer, with words in the Independent, Huffington Post,and Gal-dem magazine amongst others. In addition to this, Scarlett is the Coordinator of Political Engagement at the ‘Teach the Future’ campaign. This event, hosted by Andrew Reeves, Senior Lecturer in Energy and Sustainable Development, forms part of the #SDGTeach-in at DMU.

6-7pm | In Conversation with Pheebs Jameson

Content warning: Discussion of abuse, online harassment and mental illness that includes suicide, death threats, sexual violence and weight. Pheebs Jameson is a 19-year-old online activist, who uses social media to support and educate audiences about online and sexual harassment. Co-founder of The Speak Up Space, campaigner for ‘Our Streets Now’ and co-host of the Accidental Activist Podcast, this conversation will explore Pheebs’ personal life, her activism work and how we perceive online abuse. Pheebs is joined by Anna Deber-Roberts from the Cultural eXchanges team.

8-8.30pm | In Conversation with Jamie Campbell

Jamie Campbell attended his end of school prom in drag and was subject to the BBC documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16. Several years later his story was turned into an award-winning musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie which plays at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End. Along with the UK tour, the show has also gone international in South Korea and Australia (with more to be announced). The musical has also been made into a major motion picture which will be released worldwide by Disney later in 2021. Jamie is joined in conversation by Laura Flowers, the Academic Executive of the De Montfort Students’ Union.

 

Thursday 4 March

EventTimeCategoryBook

Cultural Resilience Debate Space

10-11am

Panel Discussion

Book now

DJ Martin Jay

12-1pm

 In Conversation

Book now

In Conversation with Voice-Over Artist Megg Nicol

2-3pm

Interview

Book now

Sir Matthew Bourne OBE: Longevity and Learning with New Adventures

4-5pm

Interview

Book now

Histories of Information and Surveillance – A Conversation

6-7pm

Panel discussion

Book now

In Conversation with Jamie Windust

8-9pm

In Conversation

Book now

 


10-11am | Cultural Resilience Debate Space

Postgraduate students atDMU host a ‘Cultural resilience debate space’ led by Jennie Jordan, Associate Professor of Creative and Cultural Industriesat DMU. The debate features a panel of Leicester’s arts representatives, Rosanna Cant, Community Manager at the Audience Agency, Michael Harris-Wakelam, Theatre and Events manager at The Y Theatre and Christina Wigmore, Business Development Director at Soft Touch Arts. They discuss these organisations’ resilience and sustainability during these testing times.

2-3pm | In Conversation with Voice-Over Artist Megg Nicol

Megg Nicol has had a wide and varied career in the music industry from performing in West End musicals to writing songs and music for theatre, radio and TV. As a performer Megg has starred in four West End Musicals, Buddy, Spike Milligan And Friends, Blockheads and I’m Getting My Act Together And Taking It On the Road, including three Royal Command Performances, plus supporting roles in several other musicals. Her first opera The Drummer Boy Of Waterloo, written in collaboration with David Stoll, premiered with Jubilee Opera in Aldeburgh in 2015,and the concert version of her latest new musical Little Fir Tree, also co-written with David Stoll, was premiered in 2018 at Kings Place in London. Megg is in conversation with Dr.Jacqui Norton, Senior Lecturer in Arts and Festivals Management at DMU,and will talk about how she "by chance" got into doing cartoon voices from a random meeting in a pub while she was performing in London’s West End.

4-5pm | Sir Matthew Bourne OBE: Longevity and Learning with New Adventures

Sir Matthew Bourne OBE is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer and director. For over 30 years, he has been creating and directing dance for musicals, theatre and film, as well as his own highly successful, award-winning company New Adventures. This discussion with Mel Knott, Senior Lecturer in Community Dance Practice at DMU, explores Matthew’s ethos and commitment to developing dancers, choreographers, collaborators and communities through New Adventures work both on and off stage.

6-7pm | Histories of Information and Surveillance – A Conversation

Dr Toni Weller and Professor Laura Skouvig discuss the historical significance of information and surveillance – subjects which are just as topical today as they were centuries ago. Toni Weller is a Visiting Research Fellow at DMU whose research focuses on the history of information, particularly the history of information culture. She has published and lectured extensively on this topic, as well as on the history of surveillance. Laura Skouvig is Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen. Her research is centered on the history of information, particularly early modern conceptions and practices of information. She is co-editor of the forthcoming Histories of Surveillance from Antiquity to the Digital Era (Palgrave, 2021) Toni Weller and Laura Skouvig share some of their insights on these intriguing and relevant themes.

8-9pm | In Conversation with Jamie Windust

In conversation with Jamie Windust, an author, contributing editor at Gay Times and model working in London. Their work focuses on looking at the creative industries, and analysing their inclusivity and accessibility for trans and gender non-conforming folks. They’ve worked with the likes of Gucci, ASOS, Zalando and Lazy Oaf throughout their career. Their debut book ‘In Their Shoes: Navigating Non-Binary Life’ was published in 2020 They are joined in conversation by Diya Rattanpal, Equality and Diversity Executive at De Montfort Students’ Union.

Friday 5 March

EventTimeCategoryBook

Creative Writing Postgrads Showcase

12-1pm

Performances

Book now

Poppy Knows Best: Jon Wilkins

2-3pm

Book Launch

Book now

The Bear in the streets!

4.30-5.30pm

Talk

Book now

The Peacock Screens “Shine”: a conversation with Farrukh Dondhy and Ahmed Jamal

6-7pm

In Conversation

Book now

Low Girl X Courtney Askey: Double bill performance and conversation

8-9.30pm

Live Music Performance

Book now

 


4.30-5.30pm | The Bear in the streets!

‘The Rebel Bear’ is a street artist whose work explores politics, love, human emotion and provides commentary on the ‘absurdity’ of the world we have created. His work can be found on the streets of Scotland, London, Calais and New York. Join him to hear about the story behind the bear and the art, and in particular how art can be used to shine a light on unspoken and unseen truths. This talk is part of the Liberty UK 2021 festival programme and Accessible Art for All exhibition, with support from ArtReach and Creative Europe.

6-7pm | The Peacock Screens "Shine": a conversation with Farrukh Dondhy and Ahmed Jamal

This event is an homage to the work of Mahmood Jamal, who was a champion of multiculturalism on British screens. Vibrant voice and fervent writer, his honest approach to matters of race and ethnicity, were Jamal’s way of investigation and enquiry. In conversation with Channel 4’s commissioning editor and writer Farrukh Dondhy and film director Ahmed Jamal, The Peacock Screen (1991) will be remembered as a compelling part of the history of Indian cinema, narrated through the candid eyes of Mahmood.

8-9.30pm | Low Girl X Courtney Askey

Courtney Askey is a musician and artist based in Leicester. Performing both solo and as a band, her music is sometimes riotously noisy, and sometimes contained and reflective. Courtney writes songs imbued with storytelling and melodrama, tinged with influence from folk to shoegaze to garage rock. Low Girl started as a solo pursuit with the songwriting of Sarah Cosgrove but has since grown with the help of keyboard player Toby Morgan, drummer Tom Cosgrove, and bassist Bradley Taylor. For this stripped back performance, you can expect an exceptionally chilled out set from Sarah and Toby.