Culture club: Barriers to entry in London’s cultural industries

London is a global cultural hub for arts, theatre, film and fashion. The capital is a magnet for young people and accounts for more than 40 per cent of the UK’s creative sector employment. Despite this, opportunities to work in the capital’s cultural sector are not equal.

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Centre for London’s new report Culture club expands and builds on previous research, outlining the barriers to entering the cultural industries in the capital. The report focuses on underrepresented young people within three socio-economic groups (social class, gender and ethnicity), as well as views from educational institutions and employers. The main sectors covered in the report are design, museums and galleries; performing and visual arts; photography and media.

Join us at the launch where Victoria Pinoncely, author of the report, will present the findings and we will hear from a panel of experts in the cultural industries on how London can foster a more inclusive and fair cultural sector for its workforce of the future.

Questions we will explore include:

  • How can we ensure less advantaged young Londoners get a fair shot at working in the cultural industries?
  • How do cultural employers need to adapt to encourage a diverse mix of young people to pursue a career in the sector?
  • What changes need to be made to recruitment practices?
  • What can the Mayor of London do to champion opportunities in the capital’s cultural industries?


6:30pm Arrivals

7:00pm Presentation, panel discussion and Q&A

8:00pm Networking and close

Drinks, light snacks and a copy of the report will be provided.

The speakers for this event will be announced soon.


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