The University of Westminster explores Soho and celebrates diversity at the 2018 Difference Festival
6 February 2018
Over the course of the week there will be free talks, walks, workshops, film screenings, plays and more, all of which focus on this year’s theme: Soho.
Soho has always been uniquely different. As a local neighbourhood of the University, Soho shares the characteristics of diversity and difference which define the University of Westminster making it the ideal theme to explore for the 2018 Difference Festival.
Guests will have the chance to walk Soho’s legal landscape or discover the Soho of the 1960s, get creative in the zine and ceramic workshops, find out more about Queer Activism, learn about the impact of gentrification on London’s bohemian quarter through the screening of Aro Korol’s film ‘Battle of Soho’, and much more.
Being different is a part of the University of Westminster’s history. The Difference Festival was founded to celebrate the characteristics that have defined the institution since 1838. The Regent Street Polytechnic Institution was established ‘to delight as well as to instruct’ and was described as ‘an intellectual treat’. The University of Westminster’s predecessors created a place where the public could explore new ideas, discover new inventions and learn new skills. The University has always inspired and encouraged others to share our love of knowledge and discovery.
Chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Public Engagement Group Professor Debra Kelly said about the event: “Our annual Difference Festival is an opportunity for all of us in Social Sciences and Humanities at Westminster to share who we are and what we do as a university community located in central London. All of our disciplines are involved, this year with a wide range of responses to the ‘Soho’ theme.
“Involving others with our work locally, nationally and internationally is essential at a time when it’s clear that Social Sciences and Humanities education is more crucial than ever. We need to talk more about our work and how it improves everyday life and helps solve the many challenges we face as individuals, communities and as a society.”
About the University of Westminster:
The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.
We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.
Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.
Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.