Arts & Culture Declare Emergency

April 1, 2019

Hi there!

More than 180 leading UK arts and culture institutions and individuals will declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency

Culture Declares Emergency - a group of concerned individuals and institutions of the arts, culture and creative organisations - invites you to join them at 9am on Wednesday 3 April at Somerset House for a beautifully curated and disruptive horse-led procession, with words and declarations to be made at cultural locations along the river Thames.

More than 170 institutions and individuals are declaring a Climate and Ecological  Emergency, including The Royal Court, writer Jay Griffiths, director Peter Kosminsky, Jerwood Arts and Invisible Dust. The full list of institutions and individuals will be revealed on the day.  

Living grass coats grown by Visual Artists Ackroyd and Harvey and a newly composed soundscape by Mira Calix, feature in this ceremony of declarations of Planetary Emergency as well as previews of Letters To The Earth, writing submitted by the general public for a nationwide cultural action taking place on 12 April.

Inspired by Extinction Rebellion and the global School Strike For Climate, Culture Declares Emergency is organising a range of events in the run up to International Rebellion, which begins Monday 15 April.

The procession will stop at different cultural locations along the route including Somerset House, Waterloo Bridge, the National Theatre and the horse-led procession will enter Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall before concluding at the Globe Theatre

Order of the event

Ceremony begins at 9:15am

  • Procession starts at 9:30am and will stop traffic to make its way over Waterloo Bridge
  • 10:00am Southbank Centre
  • 10:15 National Theatre
  • 11:00 Tate Modern
  • 11:30 Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • 12:00 Ends