Supporting Inclusivity, Diversity & Equality in Southend

SEACA is just one of the proactive Community Organisations that are collaborating and will be using this event, to encourage the challenging conversations. We want to bring about a fresh thinking, to create better outcomes for our next generation.

On Thursday 17th February our Key note speaker for the evening will be Professor Gus John – Political Activist, Social ommentator, Author and Academic Writer and he will be exploring themes of racial harmony and community cohesion.  The night will be complemented with a variety of performances from the local community.  During the evening on stage there will be an interactive invited panel discussion around Equality Diversity and Inclusion, culminating in the South African Choir performing at end the night.

It is now even more important, to show Southend and the wider community of Essex, that we stand united and connected as a community and to raise the roof on the positive events and good work we are doing in Essex.

This event is free and open to the public to attend and take part and we welcome organisations open to and willing to be a part of the positive change in Southend.

Please book early as there are only a limited number of tickets.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite, so please join us….  and save the date!


The very talented Anne Odeke has penned a one woman show that is based on the historical journey of one Black woman’s insistence to be included in a beauty pageant, right here in Southend in the early 1900’s.

This beautiful story will be mounted as a stage production and touring Essex and surrounding areas, but will be coming to the Balmoral Centre in Westcliff-on-Sea on Saturday, 26th February 2022.  Anne is definitely one local Essex woman that we can all support, as this will be one of the first performances of the tour.  

Show starts at 7.30p.m. and tickets are £8.65-£10.65 per person.

The East Beach Festival is an open-air multicultural festival, with a carnival spirit and is coming to Shoeburyness. This Free event will take place over a 2-day period from;  Saturday, 13th – Sunday, 14th of August 2022, and this year will be marking the 60th  Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence

The Island of Jamaica is well known for its musical exports and its athletic talents. However, there is also a rich culture of Food, Art, and Dance, and there is nothing like experiencing that true authenticity for yourself.

The event (East Beach Festival) will encapsulate the true spirit of Jamaican and African Caribbean diaspora culture, infused with the local culture of South Essex, by the inclusion of cultural activities, music, entertainment and food from the local area, as well as visitor & tourism information on the city.  The East Beach Festival is geared towards the whole family. This will be a real multi-cultural, inter-generational family friendly festival in a beautiful beach location right by the sea in Essex.

The pre marketing flyer is attached to bring awareness to the event and we are inviting Business Nationally and Locally, to actively get involved to either purchase, Cabin stalls or become sponsors. If you would like to follow up on this in terms of how we can collaborate or to look at a bespoke sponsorship deal with you and best fit being involved, please do get in touch to show an expression of interest for the event.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Know Your Roots Project

Has been a roller coaster as we have been traveling around Essex delving interactive workshops which includes a physical and online presentation. Looking at the diverse aspects of African Caribbean Culture and exploring attitudes towards education about and treatment of hair. We have been engaging with participants who have contributed stories and share their knowledge of the history of Black hair and natural Hairstyles and the significance it holds. This month we were in Basildon and one of the highlights was the presentation by Shannon Creary looking at and focussing on trichology and general hair care. Also, Sheda from Holda Poetry who performed a wonderful original piece of Spoken Word about hair and head wraps.

Hamlet Court Road In Harmony Festival

An event to help our community come together after the terrible events and impact of the COVID19 pandemic.

Sunday 19th September 2021, from 11am to 3pm

Hamlet Court Road will be transformed with stalls offering arts, crafts and food. There will be a showcase of local talent, artists, musicians and performers, creating an inclusive space for everyone to come together and enjoy each other’s company. There are so many different communities and groups in Milton Ward, we’re one of the most diverse in Southend; we want to celebrate all the things we have in common: food, music, dance, spoken word, making and creating. 

We hope that as well as being a great event, it will help businesses along Hamlet Court Road, by reminding visitors that it’s a great shopping destination in its own right.  We’d like to run it as an annual Southend on Sea event.

Call-out for talent, makers, groups and stall-holders

If you would be interested in having a stall or know someone who would; if you know local talent needing a showcase; if you can offer any support or suggestions – please get in touch! We want Hamlet Court Road in Harmony to reflect our communities and this can only happen if we work together. 

We look forward to enjoying a time when we can celebrate all that is beautiful and vibrant about Westcliff and the amazing talent in Essex.

Hope you will join us and put the date in your diary now, for Sunday, 19th September 2021.

Follow us on Facebook.