Published: May 11, 2020 | Updated: May 11, 2020

DEMA’s postponed for 2020 but organisers pledge: “We’ll be back with a bang next year”

By Andrew Diprose, editor

This year’s Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards have become the latest event to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Known as the DEMA’s, last year’s event attracted more than 300 people to a spectacular gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts.

The awards – described as Dorset’s biggest cultural red carpet event – honour excellence and positive contributions to society by ethnic minorities in the county.

Sarah Ali Choudhury, Lead Juror, pictured left, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many events around the world to be cancelled or postponed. Dema Awards is one of them that has had to be postponed.

“As a team we didn’t feel it right to consider running the awards as an online event because it wouldn’t offer the glitz, glamour and sparkle that we have seen over the past two years at our awards ceremonies.

“In due course, we will announce the date. The DEMA team look forward to celebrating with outstanding individuals that are making a huge impact in their field.

“We are working behind the scenes to ensure that we come back with a bang.

“I can’t wait for the next awards ceremony!”

Nanzy Sebata, Chief Executive Officer, pictured right, added: “One of our supporters, Dorset Race Council, is helping anyone affected with Covid-19 so please check out their website for more detailed information

“We continue to encourage the Dorset community to work hard and harmoniously during this chaotic time.

“We’re hoping, if all goes well, we will host a winners’ reception for 2018 and 2019.

“We continue thanking our supporters, the community and sponsors who have made DEMA happen for the past two years.

“We’re open for anyone to join DEMA, preferably individuals with a background of event planning, marketing and advertising or an IT background.”

  • Dorset Biz News has become the official media partner for the Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards. Sarah said: “We are so proud and delighted to announce our media partnership with Dorset Biz News. We are hugely excited about working with Andrew Diprose [Founder and Editor] who has in the past year made a significant positive change for the local business community.”