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Vegfest UK promote inclusivity in vegan spaces

DIVERSITY: Vegfest UK Brighton 2018

AS PLANT-based and vegan lifestyles continue to soar in popularity in mainstream circles this year, a topic that has slowly been gaining recognition too is whether communities that shun animal products are doing enough to promote diversity inclusivity of BAME and LGBTQ community members especially.

The organisers of some of Europe’s biggest vegan events, VegfestUK are choosing to embrace the challenge, as demonstrated by many of the sessions and speakers confirmed for their upcoming Brighton event on March 24-25 at the Brighton Centre.

Definitely not to be missed for those interested in the subject,is a panel discussion on Inclusivity within Vegan Spaces on Sunday March 25th at 11am, which looks at why the mainstream vegan narrative is still dominated by white males, and seeks solutions to ensure that vegan spaces are more inclusive.

Panellists include Shashi K, co-founder and plant alchemist at Living Naturally, and Christopher-Sebastian McJetters, social media director for Peace Advocacy Network.


Anita Mckenzie of sistahintheraw

Other leading speakers of colour at the show include chefs Nishma Shah of vegan catering company Shambhu’s, Hippocrates trained Health Educator Anita McKenzie of sistahintheraw, and chef Gayani Ariyaratne of Gayani’s Kitchen, followed by food blogger Tomi Makanjuola a.k.a. Vegan Nigerian, alongside presenter Kirly-Sue, vegan cafe owner Esme a.k.a London Afro Vegan from Deserted Cactus, Dr. Shireen Kassam, Consultant Haematologist at King’s College Hospital, London, and International Vegan 'Stress Management & Wellbeing' expert and Ironman Triathlete Neil Shah.

With food from 19 global caterers and shopping from around 230 stalls in store alongside 20 comedians, 10 musicians and around 80 speakers in total, visitors to the event are set for an amazing weekend all under one roof.

Advance tickets to the event are available up until the event weekend at www.brighton.vegfest.co.uk/tickets

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