CultureCOP International Assembly, October 31st 2022
Bringing together those creating, producing and supporting arts and culture in response to this time of Planetary crisis.
‘If you want to go fast go alone, If you want to go further go together ‘ (African proverb)
Throughout time arts and culture have been at the heart of our worlds, connecting us and giving expression and voice to our experiences. They have the power to transform, heal and activate us. They help us look at the past, acknowledge the present and use our imaginations to vision for the future. What we dream, feel, see and how we act towards each other and the natural world are defined by culture.
In this time of ecological and social crisis, so much has already been lost at the hands of extractivism, colonisation, consumerism, and a single story of progress. How can the lived experience and creative responses of those marginalised or on the frontlines such as indigenous peoples and those in the Global South be more centred?
Many parts of the arts, cultural and heritage industries are still complicit in causing harm. How can they break with business as usual and make radical and systemic changes to help create a more climate just and safe world for all?
Culture is embedded into the very fabric of our lives and shapes the shared values that guide our actions. The multiple crisis is an opportunity to dream a different story and co-create a more interconnected and just future together. Arts and culture across the Earth has a vital role to play in this transformatory journey.
Bring your openness and wisdom, your experience and care; and above all your curiosity and willingness to listen
The purpose of this Online Assembly is to:
- Talk about the challenges of relinquishing harmful arts and cultural practices and the opportunities of embracing regenerative approaches to create a local and global transformation that brings reparations for injustice and a thriving humanity and planet.
- Ask ourselves what we can learn from the role of arts and culture in past COPs, and how to manifest that in present and future COPs to support, challenge, and deepen the possibility of a more climate just, and safe world for all?
- Meet and connect with other creatives, artists, activists and explore building a global coalition of arts and culture that is embedded in values of justice, and resourced by equitable relationships.
Please note – This is not a drop in event it will be participatory and emergent. Your full attention, your presence and your contribution will be a gift for now and the future. The conversation will be hosted in English with simultaneous translation available in Arabic, French, Spanish + Portuguese as well as Universal Sign Language. Elements of this online assembly will be fed directly into in person CultureCOP happening in Dahab and its related events at COP27 in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt.
CultureCOP is a collaboration between Culture Declares Emergency, Community Arts Network, Community Arts Lab, Project Everyone, Earthrise, Minga Indigena, Medicine Festival, CJ-JT Donor Collaborative, Walking Forest, Julie’s Bicycle, Black and Indigenous Liberation Movement, Seyal Desert Hub, Doc Society, Cairo Jazz Club, Dar House of Arts & Culture, Eco Dahab, Porticus Foundation.
Culture COP is an emerging space that stands firm in the belief of the power of culture to transform and heal our planet and humanity. Culture COP calls on the world’s arts and culture makers to work together to co-create solutions for a just future where every living being thrives and humanity lives in harmony with the environment