THE VAULTS CULTURAL APPROPRIATION POLICY
AND POLICY SPECIFICS FOR "ALADDIN AND THE FEAST OF WONDERS"
The Vaults is dedicated to supporting artistic freedom and providing a supportive space for a wide and diverse range of performances. However, we recognise that racism is an issue at all levels of society. Our commitment to antiracism is part of our wider commitment to equality and social inclusion. Our multi-ethnic and culturally diverse community challenges us to do things differently if we are to create positive outcomes for all. Therefore, the Vaults will be enforcing an anti-cultural appropriation policy in accordance with our commitment against racism.
The Vaults understands racism is a particular form of exclusion faced by minority ethnic groups. It is based on the false belief that some "races" are inherently superior to others because of skin colour, nationality, ethnic or cultural background. Racism denies people their basic human rights, dignity and respect.
The Vaults understands that racism exists in many forms, and it upheld within societal structures and practices, notably cultural appropriation, wherein people co-opt cultural garments or practices from a culture they do not personally identify with, usually in the form of costume.
Even if donning a particular item of clothing or accessory might seem harmless, it is important to think about what it might mean to other people – for some, it’s so much more than just an accessory. These items hold cultural and/or religious significance. When people wear certain items as a costume, they disregard the struggles those who wear these garments as part of their culture go through.
Key questions that people should ask themselves to avoid the pitfalls of cultural appropriation:
Was this design created by people who have been historically marginalised?
Do I belong to that community, or has anyone from it invited me to wear that design?
Is my wearing it benefiting the community in any way?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Policy, or any part of The Vaults’ ongoing commitment to diverse programming, please contact The Vaults on
Policy Specifics regarding ‘Aladdin & the Feast of Wonders’
The Vaults recognises the United Kingdom’s colonial history and historic treatment of those of Asian descent as second-class citizens.
We encourage those attending this production to engage with dress that is appropriate to the story, namely that you the audience are suitors to the Princess Jizmine. We would love you to come dressed in all your regal glory.
However, as the setting of this production, as well as the story’s history and many of the collaborators and artists who have created the show are of Asian ethnicity, we feel it is responsible to implement a policy on the following:
These items that should not be worn other than for Religious or Cultural reasons:
Culturally specific Veil
Culturally specific Headdress
Those attending ‘Aladdin and the Feast of Wonders’ in the above items, as part of a costume or one-off outfit, will be asked to remove them.
Please remember when these items are worn as a costume, they disregard the struggles that those who wear these garments as part of their culture go through, which include ridicule and accusations of being terrorists.
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