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An academic project aiming to help build more inclusive notions of cultural heritage and identity has called on youth theatres to fully involve minority groups to create real diversity.

Cultural Heritage and Identities of Europe’s Future, also known as the CHIEF project, has been taking place across nine countries, with the UK research based at Aston University and the University of Gloucestershire.

The research is being coordinated by Dr Anton Popov, a senior lecturer in sociology and policy at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Aston University.

Episode 1 - Youth theatres need to fully involve minority groups to create real diversity, according to CHIEF project analysis

Dr Anton Popov was the first interviewee in the new podcast series called ‘Our lives, our culture: youth in a changing world’, presented by journalist Steve Dyson, when CHIEF’s research with youth theatres was discussed. This involved youth theatre groups in the UK cosmopolitan city of Coventry, and in the multicultural town of Komarno, Slovakia, which lies on the border of Hungary and has large Roma ethnic groups.

Dr Popov said: “In both cases, the youth theatres were driven by progressive agendas to develop effective and more inclusive dialogues between different ethnic groups and cultures."

Release date: Wednesday 20th October 2021

Read the full press release.