Fears over mix in arts world.
The regional development agency for culturally diverse arts says it is "concerned about the lack of engagement" with both the people it was set up to help, and organisations reluctant to take advantage of the free service and cash in on the benefits it will bring.
North East Cultural Diversity Arts Forum (Necdaf) believes business has shown there is a 'diversity advantage' that can lead to innovation and get into new markets. Richard Neville, project co-ordinator, said: "We want to ensure the broadest possible range of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds are represented in regional exhibitions, festivals, classrooms and events."
Oscar Watson, director of Necdaf Intercultural Arts, wants the North East to be a showcase for diverse arts.
He said: "We have the talent, we have the venues and I am convinced that we have the audience.
"What we do not have is coordination between the three."