Conference Alert: Vision 2006, Sustainable Communities 200 Years after the Abolition of the Slave Trade?

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A one day conference organised by InterCulture
Thursday 21 September 2006
Harewood House, Nr. Leeds

The British Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 1807 can be viewed as one of the most significant early human rights legislation ever passed anywhere in the world. Yet 200 years later, have we the basis for a sustainable communities agenda based on respect for diversity and difference?

Harewood House was the venue for a previous InterCulture Conference, Vision 2003, which brought together a number of agendas from the world of arts, heritage, regeneration and race relations. Harewood is an important Site of Memory for the Bicentenary and is organising a number of activities as part of the 2007 programme. This conference will be the first public event in its newly completed conference centre.


Hilary Beckles, University of West Indies
David Richardson, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation
Peter Roberts, Academy for Sustainable Communities
Ruth Dass, InterCulture
Inderjit Bhogal, Yorkshire and Humberside Faiths

The lunch-time and evening programme will include performances and presentations by Yorkshire-based artists RJC Dance Company, visual artist Howard Angus and jazz band, Yamanu.

Throughout 2007 cities such as Liverpool, Hull, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Bradford and London are organising an extensive programme of events to mark the bicentenary. This conference has been planned as an opportunity to give delegates a chance to explore some of the complex inter-related issues which span so many disciplines, to network with other key professionals and to be able to participate in the planning for some of the legacies after the year is over.

Places are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis. For more information and bookings please see

Price £185 (including lunch and an exclusive evening buffet in the Harewood House courtyard, creative performances and a tour of Harewood House).
Concessionary price for representatives from voluntary organisations: £95


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