Live Green: COP26 - Music Focussed Events, Performances and Coverage
Monday 25th October:
Culture: the missing link - a lens on policy / 13:00 – 14:30 BST / ONLINE
On the eve of COP26 this digital event will unveil the results of new research, mapping national arts policies to climate policies, which seeks to strengthen the creative climate movement and mobilise action rapidly.
The event will thread together international conversations held earlier this year in Turkey, Indonesia, Colombia, Nigeria, and Italy.
Updating extensive research from 2015, this event will highlight the crucial role of culture in driving climate transformation, and the implications of aligning climate and cultural policies with frameworks that support a thriving world. This is part of the British Council's Climate Connection programme.
With Juliana Olayinka as MC; updates from Darren Henley, CEO of the Arts Council England; Rami Tawfiq, Director of Partnerships at the British Council; a performance from Colombian singer, Nidia Góngora; and a panel discussion with Erminia Sciacchitano, Officer, for the Italian Minister of Culture; Magdalena Moreno, Executive Director at IFACCA; and Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, Coordinating Lead Author of the UN’s 6th IPCC Assessment Report.
Sunday 31st October:
Pathway to Paris / Theatre Royal / 7:00pm
feat: Patti Smith, Bill McKibben, Soundwalk Collective, Tenzin Choegyal, Little Sun, Jesse Paris Smith & Rebecca Foon.
Tickets on sale here www.atgtickets.com
Monday 1st November:
Musicians In Exile / 15:00 - 16:00 / Tower Base South / The Glasgow Barons
Musicians in Exile, Glasgow’s asylum seeking and refugee musicians, perform their homelands’ music, with new songs created for COP26 about climate change’s impact on refugees. With Eyve Madyise from Zimbabwe, Jose Rojas from Chile, Midya Jan from Syria, Aref Ghorbani and Milad Gharibi from Iran, Angaddeep & Param Singh Vig from India/Afghanistan and Calum Ingram from Scotland. Founded in 2018, this group provides free instruments, rehearsal space, travel expenses and gigs to Scotland’s most vulnerable musicians. Shortlisted for this year’s European, and The Herald, Diversity Awards, a project of The Glasgow Barons, Govan’s orchestra www.glasgowbarons.com
Tuesday 2nd November:
RSNO Junior Chorus / 11:00 - 11:30 & 15:00 - 15:30 / Atrium
Join one of the UK’s leading children and youth choirs for a performance of songs inspired by climate change. Directed by Patrick Barrett, members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Junior Chorus will perform a selection of Green Songs by Bob Chilcott and a trio of Assembly Songs by Errollyn Wallen, Shruthi Rajasekar and Claire McCue, specially commissioned for COP26.
Wednesday 3rd November:
Enter Shikari / QMU / 7:00pm
have announced two small Glasgow shows, alongside music industry climate awareness group Music Declares Emergency, to coincide with the COP26 Climate Summit in the city this coming November.
Thursday 4th November:
Enter Shikari / QMU / 7:00pm
Enter Shikari have announced two small Glasgow shows, alongside music industry climate awareness group Music Declares Emergency, to coincide with the COP26 Climate Summit in the city this coming November.
Fear of the Green Planet / 14:00 - 15:00 / Tower Base North / May Project Gardens
Fear of the Green Planet is a multimedia and participatory music project by Co-Founder of May Project Gardens and Artist KMT Freedom Teacher; permeating the whole-systems thinking that permaculture inspires. Launching the development of a new genre that advocates for solutions oriented social and climate justice.
This project is a full length album through the creation of new tracks, music videos and performances etc. Fear of the Green Planet is a multimedia art project consisting of (a) music tracks, (b) Presentations, (c) Participatory Live Performance, (d) Online Showreel performance, (e) Question and Answer and (f) Demonstrations. Inspired by 15 years of Grassroots Community Eco Solutions via May Project Gardens (Award Winning Community Hub) that reconnects people to Nature for Personal, Social, Economic Transformation and still operates from a council house in South London (which was self funded for 9 years).
Hip-Hop Garden (award-winning inner city youth programme) reconnects young people to nature via 5 key modules which includes wellbeing, employability and entrepreneurship. ‘Come We Grow’ events are an immersive celebration of our creative approach to environmentalism. Bee Rooted Consultancy’s approach to diversity and inclusion via training and consultancy is rooted in and supported by nature. D&I sessions are held at May Project Gardens, making use of the garden.
Friday 5th November:
Punk Rock Approach to Climate Action / Flying Duck / 7:00pm
Claire O'Neill from A Greener Festival will be on a panel hosted by John Robb, with Fay Milton and Dale Vince.
Culture: The Missing Link / 10:00 – 11:30 BST / ONLINE
Across the world, artists and arts organisations are mobilising around the climate crisis and discovering a deeper connection to the planet. This in-conversation event, chaired by Alison Tickell, founder and CEO of Julie’s Bicycle, explores the vital role that arts and culture must play in climate transformation.
Composed of artists, activists and environmental experts – including author, Elif Shafak, Friday's For Future India founder, Disha A. Ravi, and Nova Ruth, founder of Arka Kinari – the discussion will centre on creative and cultural responses to the climate crisis and art’s unique capacity to raise awareness and create action. With Love Ssega(musician and EarthPercent ambassador) as MC, performances from poet Selina Nwulu, and musician Nova Ruth, and scientist, IPCC author and creator of the ubiquitous climate stripes, Ed Hawkins.
Alongside the conversation, a short film showcasing artists and activists from around the world, sharing their messages for COP26, will premier. This event is delivered with thanks to partnerships with the British Council and Arts Council England.
Join us to hear how creativity can inspire communities and individuals to participate in reshaping the world, to imagine a sustainable and just future and support adaptation and resilience.
Saturday 6th November:
UMA Entertainment Event ft. Aurora, Sam Fischer and BEMZ / St Luke’s Church
UMA Entertainment is hosting a day of live music, DJ sets and talks focusing on the intersection of culture and climate, exploring how music and entertainment can play a role in the fight against climate change. 80% of the profits from this event, and of all funds raised via public donations as part of this event will be donated to Brian Eno’s charity EarthPercent, making grants to the most effective organisations working on the climate crisis. The remaining 20% will be donated to social impact charities in Glasgow, helping to support the local community.
NATURE AIN’T A LUXURY – Why Young Black & Brown People feel alienated from Nature in the UK & the West Presented by Artist & Musician Louis VI
16:30 - 18:00 / Tower Base North / Louis VI
Expect a mixture of live music, film from Louis himself, talks, a diverse interactive panel of brilliant young POC Experts & Climate Activists exploring why people of colour in the UK & the West have been purposefully alienated & disconnected from the Natural world & what we’re doing about it. Through music & film and discussion we will explore the delicate balance between destruction and harmony of humans with nature from a British Black, Brown & People of Colour perspective & how we can learn from the past to move forward. Curated by Louis VI a young mixed race musician from London, Zoology Graduate, film maker & presenter & quickly becoming known as a strong voice Climate Activism from a diaspora perspective after his Father's ancestral island of Dominica was hit by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Expect an open & exciting 90mins on what the young generation desperately feel needs to happen at COP26 and for Climate Change around the world with an emphasis on possibility, race, accountability & science
BBC Radio 3 Music Matters will be marking COP26 live on Saturday 6 November, examining the environmental impact of classical music and how listeners and musicians are changing the way they work. On the same day, a special studio concert edition of New Music Show recorded from Glasgow will feature music responding to environmental and climate change, composed and performed by soprano Laura Bowler, and electronic composer Annie Mahtani.
Sunday 7th November:
Children's Environmental Choir / 11:00 - 12:00 / Atrium / We Are the Voice
We are the Voice Children's Environmental Choir campaigns for the environment through the medium of music. Lifting hearts and minds and inspiring hope, they sing for the climate, oceans and trees, for the species with which we share our world and for the children's futures.
Children’s eco choir / 13:00 - 14:00 / Atrium / S.O.S from the Kids
As seen on Britain’s Got Talent, S.O.S from the Kids are the children’s eco-choir that moved the hearts of millions in 2020 with their original and impactful form of climate action. Having received high praise from Sir David Attenborough, the choir has continued to go from strength to strength. Today’s dynamic performance will include spectacular visuals, showing the children of Phuyaklah Voices in West Papua -with whom the choir has been collaborating for their new song. Expect spine-tingling harmonies and beautiful live string accompaniment, all woven into a memorable live set, that delivers the choir’s compelling and important message.
Monday 8th November:
“Into the Amazon” (Musical production / 14:00 - 15:00 / Tower Base South / Emily Burridge - musician
Founder and trustee of the charitable trust “Indigenous People’s Cultural Support Trust” and internationally acclaimed virtuoso cellist and composer, Emily Burridge will perform her solo cello composition “Into the Amazon”.
Thursday 11th November:
Concerts for Climates with Project Zero co-promoted with DF Concerts / King Tuts
Project Zero is an environmental charity that speaks on behalf of the ocean, a life support system that is not only essential for life on Earth, but also our best weapon to fight climate change. You can watch a video here. Thy have high profile celebrity ambassadors in music and entertainment.
They are announcing a series of Concerts for Climate and the first event will take place in Glasgow on 11th of November, co-promoted with DF Concerts, timed with COP26 (UN Climate Conference). The line up of this first concert is a celebration of great Scottish bands.
Tickets go on sale Friday 22nd October at 10 am: https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/concerts-for-climate-king-tuts-wah-wah-hut-tickets/11446185 ?pl=kingtuts
All money raised will go towards funding a global network of ocean sanctuaries.
Friday 12th November:
5×15 at COP26 – Arts and the Imagination Hosted by Brian Eno / 12:00 - 13:30 / Cinema Auditorium / 5x15
Just as we need climate scientists to present the facts, we need the arts and culture to help us think and feel and talk about the climate crisis at all levels. The conversation needs scientists - but it urgently needs artists too. Science discovers, Art digests. Art and culture tell us stories about other possible worlds, lives, and ways of being. A novel or a film invites us to experience an imaginary world and see how we feel about it. Culture is where our minds go to experiment, to try out new feelings. This special event on the final day of COP26 features story-tellers, artists and performers brought together by 5x15 and Brian Eno, EarthPercent and the Jaipur Literature Festival to explore the role of artists and the arts in responding to climate change. As COP26 draws to a close, we're looking forward to the road ahead and exploring the power of imagination to drive change - for humans, for animals, for flora and fauna, for soil, for oceans. Featuring Rosie Boycott, Brian Eno, Carolina Caycedo, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ben Okri, Wilson Oryema, Neil Gaiman and more. Supported by Rathbone Investment Management and Rathbones Folio Prize.
Glasgow Meets New Orleans, Africa and the World: Climate Change Impacts Culture, Music and All of Us / 15:00 - 16:00 / Tower Base South / Tulane University of New Orleans.
Glasgow and New Orleans are both Cultural hubs, meccas for Culture bearers from the worlds of Music, Art and Performance. This Partnership and Collaboration developed over the last several years between those from the Performance worlds in both cities, and academics and scientists focused on Climate Change and how devastating weather events affect the diverse peoples who are ALSO the Musicians, Artists and Performers and a Historian who links them as well as serves as an expert on the impact of Hurricanes on a cultural city. These two port cities are also linked through the historical reality of colonialism and the slave trade, but the upside of this is a deeply rich and very present celebration of the coming together of diverse cultures through this Performance of Music and Spoken Word. We have chosen speakers and musicians from both Glasgow and New Orleans, both in person and pre-recorded, to create a rich one-hour spoken, visual and musical performance during this global event. Hurricane Ida only serves to underline the importance of this Collaboration. Dr. Charles Chamberlain is a New Orleans Historian and the Curator of the permanent Exhibit on Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Vivian Norris is a Creative Industries expert working for many years in Cultural Festivals around the world. GABO is a Glasgow-based, Afro-Celtic group of musicians, including co-founder, Lene de Montaigu on balafon, who moved to Glasgow from New Orleans and met Ghanian balafon player/singer Soulay Puliman, as well as the members of the Glasgow-based, contemporary Jazz group, Amara. GABO includes students from the Glasgow School of Art, teachers from the University of Edinburgh, immigrants from the Global South… and so this journey, weaving together two cities and many cultures began…
Additional COP26 music related information:
The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales will surface daily digital content across all their social media including behind the scenes tours of how they meet sustainable outcomes, interviews with players about cycle to work schemes and films showcasing commissioned community compositions to raise awareness of climate change in Wales. And BBC Education and BBC Sesh will also mark the event.
BBC Radio Ulster (Northern Ireland) will reflect the big issues of the conference with packages and special programmes. ATL Introducing will focus on the local/global music touring industry and its effect and efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, including digital technologies such as hologram performances. Wild North and Warming will explore the threat from climate change and ever decreasing bio-diversity and its potential effect on Northern Ireland. Gardeners’ Corner and Farming Matters will look at the horticultural/agricultural effects of climate change and the measures being considered at the conference.
Enter K-Pop girl group BLACKPINK. Appointed ambassadors for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference COP26, the group’s promo video called for fans to “join us on this journey” of climate awareness, reaching 10 million viewers. Having influential pop artists vocalise the need for change, particularly as part of an official state summit, represents progress from an easy but hollow tweet of support. However, it remains to be seen what real action will come of this, as there’s little information about how BLACKPINK are improving their own tours and whether they’ll be able to influence the big powers at the summit. Music-climate-emergency
Singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding has officially been announced as an Advocate for the COP26 climate summit. Details of talks and performances to be announced.
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