Michaela Coel and Cynthia Erivo to headline the BBC's first ever virtual diversity event

Kimberley Bond
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The BBC has announced a two-day, new virtual event to showcase “the vibrancy, innovation and leadership of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic talent in the creative industry.”

Announced by the broadcaster’s Director of Creative Diversity June Sarpong, the first ever Creativity Diversity Xperience (CDX) will see Cynthia Erivo and Michaela Coel headline a series of events that will examine issues that relate to younger audiences.

While actor Erivo, who has previously starred in Harriet and The Outsider, will have an exclusive spotlight interview with BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo, I May Destroy You Writer and actor Coel will host her own masterclass.

Other events include BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Target speaking to Noughts and Crosses star Msali Baduza and Normal People actor Aiofa Hind, filmmaker Lucy Sheen discussing current issues that speak directly to the minds of audiences, and a music masterclass with a special line up of UK artists.

Cynthia Erivo also headlines with a spotlight interview (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Cynthia Erivo also headlines with a spotlight interview (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Linkup TV will also host panels on topics including 'Cancel Culture' and 'Diversity for Every body' while "Beyond Yellow Face Casting" will cover why Asian creatives are forgotten in the film industry.

CDX will be hosted on new interactive platform Reactoo on the BBC’s Creative Diversity website. This will allow audiences to host their own virtual rooms remotely, where they can watch CDX live together with friends, all on in one place.

June Sarpong announced the event
June Sarpong announced the event

Speaking about the new event, Sarpong explained: “It is important for the BBC to be the beacon to rest of the industry and champion Diversity and Inclusion.

“We have thought carefully about creating an authentic, engaging and immersive experience using innovative technology. CDX will set itself apart from what people may have seen or expect of the BBC.”

Miranda Wayland, BBC’s Head of Creative Diversity added: “CDX is a first for the BBC and the wider creative industry and I am excited about this opportunity to amplify the wealth of ethnically diverse talent within the creative industry.

“I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved and the diverse team who have shaped CDX to be the voice for our young diverse audiences.”

The BBC's Creative Diversity Xperience will take place on July 28 and 29. The full schedule will be published in due course.

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