Equality Action Plan


The Festival has an Equality Policy and Action Plan, and is committed to ensuring our work is accessible by all.  We believe that this is not achieved solely by good publicity, open doors and special promotion, but by changing attitudes at all levels within the organisation towards those who currently do not have immediate access to the arts and by providing positive images of other races and cultures, and minority or discriminated-against groups in our programming.  Summarised below are some of the main areas of progress during the past year:


Policy and planning

The policy was reviewed and updated in 2015.

The policy is included in the staff handbook used for inductions and at annual staff appraisals.



The recruitment policy is reviewed annually and all recruitment adheres to these guidelines.


Audience development

The broad-ranging programme and diverse audience mix sit at the heart of the programming objectives within the Business Plan.

Improvements in data collection have been made.


Focus for the current period

Age and ethnicity will be the two chief protected characteristics on which we will focus over the next years, along with consideration around socio-economic barriers within the catchment area.



Our objectives: To increase opportunities for employment within the arts for young people. To offer a work environment that does not create barriers against age in its employment and volunteering practices.

Two interns aged between 18 and 24 were employed by the Festival.

A year 10 student gained work experience at the Festival.

One undergraduate student from Arts University Bournemouth undertook an 8-week work placement at the Festival.  

The Festival offered employment opportunities across age ranges from 18 to 24 up to a staff member aged 71.

134 volunteers from a wide range of demographic backgrounds worked on the 2015 Festival.

The Festival recruited 300+ singers aged 20 to 75+.

Young people were offered opportunities as Young Reviewers for the 2015 Festival.



Our objective: to foster understanding and cultural exchange with different races through the Festival’s in-depth exploration of a particular region or culture each year.

In 2016, 30% of the core programme was dedicated to the cultural theme of New Zealand, crossing a wide range of art forms.


Socio-economic barriers

Our objective: To create opportunities within the Festival programme that will encourage people to take part in the arts and will attract new audiences across a wide socio economic spectrum.

In 2016 33,000 people enjoyed a Free Opening Weekend, including City Encounters, the Festival Play Day and Salisbury Live. In addition to this, 10,383 people took part in the Festival’s Learning and Participation programme.

The Festival’s marketing campaign sought to engage the whole community rather than existing attenders.

In 2016 we ran specific projects for young carers and children in care. We also partnered with Sarum Academy in order to engage children from the Bemerton Heath area in Festival events.

In the 2016 programme there was work for all ages. Approximately 21,000 people attended family-friendly events. This work was marketed through specialist print to schools and nurseries in and around Salisbury and across Wiltshire.

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