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Diversity on the dancefloor (and how to make it happen)

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Diversity on the dancefloor (and how to make it happen)

Every year we find ourselves discussing the same problem: the lack of diversity behind the decks in the Dutch dance scene. And although things are changing in a positive way, the rise of female and queer dj’s is still a slow one. How do we speed this up and how do we make the dance scene more inclusive? During this paneltalk at the office of cultural youth organization CJP we discuss this topic with dj’s, club managers and activists. Not to lament this problem over and over again, but to do something about it.

CJP will do that with Sven Bijma (Spielraum), Bram Owusu (Garage Noord), Leslie & Maxien (DRKGNGHTS Collective) and Sophia Seawell (SexMatters). Sven Bijma is one of the guys behind Spielraum, a queer club night in Amsterdam. Bram Owusu books a lot of acts for Garage Noord, a club in Amsterdam-Noord. Leslie & Maxien are part of dj-collective DRKGHTS Collective, who are known for their irresistible mix of reggaeton, techno and hiphop. Sophia Seawell is a writer-researcher and dj who is part of SexMatters, a foundation that organises workshops about gender, consent and sexuality for youths and clubs.

The host for this panel is Dutch journalist Fatima Warsame. After working for FunX, VICE, Het Parool, NOS and RTL Nieuws she currently is one of the faces of Yung DWDD. Next to that she hosts the podcast Studio Saucy.

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