The BBC has announced a new two day virtual Creative Diversity Xperience (CDX) with Cynthia Erivo and Michaela Coel among its special guests.
The online event will bring together some of the best talent in TV and the creative industries from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.
Faron McKenzie, Head of CDX, said: “I’m proud that our team of creators looked like and shared a similar lived experience to our audience.
“It is important for the BBC to champion Diversity and Inclusion and not be afraid to lean into these subject matters.”
Six hours of events and masterclasses will be live-streamed on each day, featuring the likes of 1Xtra’s DJ Target, Noughts and Crosses star Masali Baduza and Normal People actor Aoife Hinds sharing their insight and discussing issues of relevance to BAME audiences.
Actor Cynthia Erivo will be interviewed by Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, while creator and star of I May Destroy You, Michaela Coel, will host a masterclass.
The full programme for CDX will be announced in the forthcoming weeks, but so far the list of sessions also includes a music masterclass with a star-studded line up of UK artists, Diversity for Every ‘body’, Cancel Culture hosted by Linkup TV, and Beyond Yellow Face Casting, exploring topics of cultural appropriation, social media influence and why Asian creatives are overlooked in the film industry.
Audiences from around the world will be able to watch and engage with the content on a new interactive platform, Reactoo, hosted by the BBC’s Creative Diversity website.
June Sarpong, BBC Director of Creative Diversity, added: “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.”
CDX will take place on 28 and 29 July.