Invitation to hold a CDE assembly

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Culture Declares Emergency Assembly at the Roundhouse on 8 July 2019. Photo by Bridget McKenzie.

Culture Declares Emergency invites you to host a Cultural Assembly in your area this autumn and winter 2020/21.

This is an opportunity to gather and connect artists, cultural organisations and other allies in your area or in your specialism to have a conversation connected to the climate and ecological emergency. To reflect, exchange experiences and explore pathways for action.

Assemblies are convened around a question. 

What question(s) would you like to convene your community around? 

In July 2019 CDE hosted a nationwide assembly at the Roundhouse London, and the following questions were asked:

  • What does it feel like to be living at a time of climate and ecological emergency? 
  • If we do everything we can possibly do to respond to the climate and ecological emergency, working together locally and thinking globally, if we draw on all the resources, imagination, courage and political will, what could we create?
  • In response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency we are in, what does the cultural sector need to relinquish; what might we restore (repair, bring back) and how do we build resilience as individuals and organisations?

You may also wish to explore what it means to Declare or any other live issue for your community in connection to the emergency.

Have a look at the conversations and outcomes of last year’s Assembly. Or see the Facilitation Toolkit to support your upcoming Assemblies.

If you are thinking to or planning to hold an Assembly please let us know at We are particularly interested to hear from you if you’d like to join a small team to host a nationwide Assembly.

New Basecamp

‍Our current home for declarers to connect on Basecamp will be closing on Monday 26th October. We have set-up a new CDE Basecamp account that will reflect our new organising structure and allow for better communications and effective working.

During the upcoming Working Group meetings we will be offering on-line and printed introductions to the framework, including guidance on how to use Basecamp.  Please use this Opt-in link to join the new site.

Final feedback on the strategic plan is being collated and the work reviewing CDEs organisational and decision-making process by Climate 2025 is almost complete. We will feedback the outcomes of this work very soon.

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