16% of the South West population is made up of people from the global majority (as reported by Rising Arts Agency and Bristol City Council), but the region’s cultural output doesn’t reflect that. Building on six years of DAN’s artistic community development, DIASPORA! seeks to better reflect the region’s cultural diversity by showcasing and platforming artists from marginalised communities.

The ultimate aim of the festival is to create a more connected region through cultural exchanges, new artistic works, job opportunities and talent retention. In this way, DIASPORA! will help to redress the London-centric bent of the creative industries, and contribute to cultural capital by generating tourism. It will also support venues affected by Covid and the Cost of Living Crisis.

Flag Up Your Identity is a chance to get creative and share who you are with your city, by making a flag that represents you and your background. You can make a flag out of almost anything – old clothes and textiles, paper and card, even plastic bags.