Briana Pegado is the Founder and Director of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF), an award winning social enterprise that provides a platform for emerging artists in Scotland. She is also a cofounder of Povo, a process-led consultancy and collective that engages people with the creative process through research and experimentation. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and explores how sustainable development principles can be more widely applied to the creative industries through her freelance work. She has completed projects for the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Drama Training Network among other national art bodies exploring the barriers young people face to the arts and creative industries. She sits on the board of Creative Edinburgh and is a trustee of YWCA Scotland - the Young Women's Movement. In 2017, she was named one of Scotland's 30 Under 30 Inspiring Women.
Briana Pegado: We are facing a cultural crisis if the creative industries do not become more diverse
Briana Pegado, founder and director of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival, argues that the future of creativity will be bleak if the problem of lack of cultural diversity in the industry is not tackled – if the industry does not reflect the reality of human experience, how can it be relevant?