Culture Declares Emergency Assembly

July 8, 2019

Culture Declares Emergency Assembly will take place on the 8th July, 1-6pm at The Roundhouse

Talks by Rupert Read, Farhana Yamin, Paul Allen and Sholeh Johnston and others (tbc).
Provocations and group discussions
Creative responses including the creation of a book detailing individual & collective next steps

Internationally, 431 Arts & Culture organisations and individuals have declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency.

The world is on fire. Culture now must give voice to those at the heart of the flames.
Declaring an emergency is only the beginning.  Now we need to act.
-Simon McBurney

As part of London Climate Action Week, the growing community of Culture Declares Emergency will assemble on 8th July at the Roundhouse to explore how artists, makers, curators, writers, performers and creators respond to the truth of the crisis we are in. The Assembly will see the announcement of over 200 new declarers, including Cornelia Parker, Akram Khan Dance Company, Complicit, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Roundhouse.

What is culture's role in these times? How can we act collectively and individually to shift paradigms? What can and must be done today and how can we continue to evolve a network for support? Whether youve declared or want to explore what it might mean to declare and the action that could follow, take part in this energising assembly at the Roundhouse to reimagine our relationships to one another and the world.

Already declared
Royal Court Theatre, the Gate Theatre, Somerset House, ArtsAdmin, Battersea Arts Centre, Cardboard Citizens, Climate Museum UK, HOME, Jerwood Arts, London National Park City and 190 more.

Declarers to be announced
From Theatre and Dance: Akram Khan Company, Complicité, Fuel, Katie Mitchell, Roundhouse, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Theatr Clwyd, Warwick Arts Centre.
From music: Jocelyn Pook, Folk by the Oak, Sam Lee, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
From visual arts: Cornelia Parker, Gavin Turk, House of Fairy Tales, Live Art Development Agency, Visual Arts South West, Gary Hume
From museums and beyond: Climate Museum (New York), Museums Association, ICOM UK, the People's History Museum, the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Aluna Foundation, Julies Bicycle, and 200 more.

The Roundhouse is an iconic venue but started life as a train repair shed. Since it opened as an arts venue in 1966 it has played host to legendary artists and radical theatre - the home of counterculture movements. A place that has always been ahead of the curve, the Roundhouse is the natural space to host the Culture Declares Emergency event.
Marcus Davey, chief executive and artistic director, Roundhouse:'We're proud to host this event and stand alongside Culture Declares and the many other organisations in our sector who are trying to make a change as we must act now.

Some people involved in organising the event to speak to on or before the day:
Lucy Neal, theatre maker/writer
Polly Gifford, Executive Director at Complicite and Executive Producing 8th July
Kay Michael, theatre maker/director, Empty Deck theatre company, Letters to the Earth
Bridget McKenzie, Climate Museum UK
Ruth Ben-Tovim, Encounters

Speakers available on the day:
Farhana Yamin, climate change lawyer
Paul Allen, Zero Carbon Britain
Sholeh Johnston, Julies Bicycle
Tamsin Omond, author, environmental activist and journalist.

Link to event:

Contact for press
Tash Hyman
T: 07966 086 514