ArtCOP21, which launches today (17 September 2015), will connect hundreds of thousands of people to the climate challenge through a live programme of art in the run-up to COP21.
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The 21st United Nations Conference on climate change, to be held in Paris from 30 November-11 December 2015, is a decisive step towards negotiating an international agreement in the fight against climate change.
But it is also an opportunity to promote the complexity of the climate challenge through creative and innovative approaches.
The Conferences of the Parties (COP) are technical events practically inaccessible for the uninitiated, with negotiations focusing on figures, quotas and financial investments. This exclusively political and scientific approach will create a feeling powerlessness and inaction if the real culture of change is absent.
The cultural calendar
In autumn 2015, thousands of participants, foundations and NGOs, driven by their commitment to change the world, will be present in Paris.
ArtCOP21 wants to transfer this energy to the public through the medium of art through a calendar of cultural events. It will represent a new era in which artists and the cultural world participate by inventing new stories, new representations, other ways to produce, to perceive and think.
250 works in 15 countries
Between now and December, over 250 public art installations, exhibitions, concerts, dances, exhibitions, conferences, talks, workshops, family events and film screenings will take place right across Paris – and the world! So far 15 countries are involved – and the number’s rising.
‘Artists, by their sensitivity and particular awareness, can be mediators of this perception concerning the fragility of humanity and of the planet.’
Christopher Miles, Vice General Secretary of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication
Here are just some of the artistic and cultural events that will be taking place as part of ArtCOP21. Click here for a full programme of events.
To give the public a voice that is heard by the decision makers, COAL (the Coalition for Art and Sustainable Development) and LEMOAL & LEMOAL Architects have designed COPBox – a participatory project designed to collect citizens’ voices and raise awareness of the climate challenge.
This public pop-up space allows citizens to share their ideas about climate change by recording a personalised video message to negotiators from 195 countries who are gathering later this year at COP21.
These messages are the symbol of a collective and international mobilisation for climate action. They are freely available online and will be transmitted to the Secretariat General of COP21. A selection of the best messages will be published on the official COP21 website.
COPBox will tour a dozen venues in and around Paris before reaching COP21 this December.