Race and the City: Tackling Race Inequality

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Cities are places where people of all races can come together to live, work, learn and play. Cities are known for being tolerant places. But – despite progress – many problems remain. Whether it’s countering overt racism and extremism or lower pay, lack of opportunities and discrimination, cities have a crucial role to play in creating better futures for all. Where are we are now and where do we want to be? What is the role of city leadership, the business sector, NHS, third sector organisations, emergency services, educational organisations and local authorities? How do we create fairer and more tolerant places? Does Bristol’s One City plan offer models for other cities?

Race and the City: Tackling Race Inequality brings together a range of high-profile keynote speakers, including: Sir Simon Woolley (Founder/Director of Operation Black Vote and Chair of the Race Disparity Unit Advisory Group); Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith (Independent lead of the Race in the Workplace: McGregor-Smith review); Marvin Rees (Mayor of Bristol); Asher Craig, (Deputy Mayor of Bristol); members of the Cabinet Office and Race Disparity Unit.

Breakout session speakers include: Prof. Christine Bamford; Duncan Fleming (Equalities & Community Cohesion Officer, Bristol City Council); Sado Jirde (Black South West Network); Poku Osei (CEO, Babbasa); Siggy Patchitt (Bristol Music Trust); Ed Rowberry and Annabel Smith (Bristol One City Plan); Helen Sinclair-Ross; and Carmen Tilbury (Private Banking Operations, CPB Services).

There will be 250 delegates made up of national government, regional and local strategic leaders as well as specialist practitioners from across all sectors. Key aims will be to establish lasting networks; share good practice and learning; discuss future opportunities and challenges to be faced; and set the agenda for tackling race inequality across the city and further afield, building on the vast array of progressive multi-agency initiatives already underway.

Coordinated by Bristol’s Race Equality Strategic Leaders group (RESLG) in partnership with the Commission on Race Equality, One City Office and the Cabinet Office’s Race Disparity Unit, the conference is held as part of Festival of the Future City.

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Early bird booking at the special rate of £165 is available until late August, when general booking (£195) opens.There is a charity/voluntary sector rate of £80. Booking for closes at 12noon on Friday 11 October. See Eventbrite for further details. Booking is online only and is managed by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. Please note that booking fees apply.

A limited number of bursary spaces have been made available for this event. Details can be requested by contacting Andrew.Mallin@bristol.gov.uk and Taylor.Meagher@bristol.gov.uk

We endeavour to hold events in venues that are accessible to all. There is level access to all of the rooms which will be used for the conference and there is a hearing loop in the Main Conference Room and the Writing Room. The venue has accessible toilets. A Prayer Room will be available throughout the duration of the conference. City Hall does not have parking spaces, but there is parking available behind City Hall at the College Street car park or the nearby Brittania car park.

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