Barnaby is committed to acting against racism. We aim to promote access to cultural expression, make positive change and celebrate diversity and inclusion in everything we do. Following the events and protests led by the Black Lives Matter movement after the racist killing of George Floyd, which articulate the deep-rooted anger and concern over continuing systemic racism injustice and inequality in society, we want to signal our solidarity by committing to action. 

It is vital that everyone works together to fight against and eradicate the evil of racism and its effects. We seek to work with all communities in Macclesfield to educate ourselves and each other, and promote understanding and common good.

The festival team, board and partners are committed to being part of the solution not the problem. We will ensure our programme opens up space for different conversations to offer a platform for listening to and amplifying different voices, particularly those of our BAME communities in Macclesfield, and other diverse communities that are seldom heard or listened to. We will review our policies, training and other activities as a board and organisation in relation to diversity and inclusion. 

We want the festival and all of its friends and family to make positive change happen and to drive out racism, with integrity and sensitivity in the context of our town. 

Barnaby will make this a priority and look at long-term changes, not just short-term responses.

We are listening. If you have ideas or suggestions, please get in touch.