COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

Compulsory Subjects was created, by The White Rose Foundation in partnership with Hackney Empire, to provide free and accessible development opportunities for the next generation of creative entrepreneurs and arts activists.

Supported by Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust

Delivered in partnership with We Are Stripes, Black Ticket Project and Hackney Empire

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Channel 4 News, showcases that only 1 in 12 creatives working in TV and film in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are from working-class backgrounds. The odds have long been stacked against those from marginalized societal groups in their efforts to break through and share their stories.

Compulsory Subjects and The White Rose Foundation, founded by poet Hussain Manawer in partnership with Yamin Choudury of the Hackney Empire, was developed to provide free and accessible development opportunities for the next generation of creative entrepreneurs and arts activists.

It starts in the classroom... We are aiming to raise £10,000 to provide young people in London with access to a brand-new diverse anthology featuring stories from global names to hometown legends. This special book reflects diversity at its core and promotes representation throughout, aiming to inspire hope, influence ambition, and support the journey of healing.

The books will be distributed to a variety of schools and youth groups throughout the UK that are unable to purchase them.

IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, INCREASED MORTALITY RATES EXPERIENCED BY BLACK, ASIAN AND ETHNICALLY DIVERSE COMMUNITIES AND THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD AT THE HANDS OF THE POLICE, CATALYSING GLOBAL PROTESTS AGAINST SYSTEMIC AND INSTITUTIONAL RACISM AND PREJUDICE

HOW ARE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE COPING?

Synopsis

In the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, increased mortality rates experienced by black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities and the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police, catalysing global protests against systemic and institutional racism and prejudice – how are our young people coping?

What structures and facilities are being implemented to ensure in the wake of universal crisis our young people will not be left behind?

The White Rose Foundation, founded by poet and activist Hussain Manawer, in partnership with The Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust and Yamin Choudury of the Hackney Empire are launching Compulsory Subjects; developed to provide free and accessible development opportunities, for the next generation of creative entrepreneurs and arts activists. Always working towards educational and curricular reform and empowering the next generation of arts and culture leaders.

The programme will explore

Presented By

Hussain Manawer

Hussain Manawer is a British Poet, Performer and Producer born and raised in East London. He is a globally renowned mental health activist who has won critical acclaim for his ability to drag stigma kicking and screaming into the light with his timeless talent. His raw spoken style of poetry is emotionally charged and can be seen most recently on Oprah Winfrey's The Me You Can't See, alongside Prince Harry & Lady Gaga shot by Oscar Winning Director Asif Kapadia.

Yamin Choudury

Yamin Choudury is the Joint CEO and Artistic Director at Hackney Empire, with a particular focus on creating platforms and pathways for diverse, representative and emerging ideas, artists, audiences and participants.

Compulsory Subjects Alumni

“ OH MY GOSH THIS PROGRAMME WAS SO AMAZING, I WAS SO DRAINED, THERE WAS SO MUCH INFORMATION TO CONSUME, BUT IT WAS WORTH IT! I LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT MYSELF, ABOUT WHO I AM AND ABOUT BEING UNAPOLOGETIC ABOUT WHAT I STAND FOR - TO GO FOR THIS CAUSE THAT I WANT TO ACHIEVE! ”

Ozi

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Trinity Buoy Wharf is a centre for arts and cultural activities on the River Thames in London’s Docklands.

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