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Artists and activists come together to discuss creative climate solutions

A group of artists and activists are spearheading an initiative to encourage creative climate action ahead of the COP 27 global summit.

We Make Tomorrow will bring together climate justice innovators from around the UK and across the globe to share experiences, stories and performances, at a specially organised event on 13 October.

The line-up includes actor and climate activist Fehinti Balogun, former Green Party MEP Magid Magid, and Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif.

The interactive summit will incorporate artistic performances, workshops, cultural showcases, lively panels, screenings, plenty of space for discussion, networking and reflection and a Changemakers retreat space throughout the day.

The event comes ahead of the COP 27 climate summit, which takes place in Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt from 8-20 November this year.

One of the organisers of the event is Julie’s Bicycle, a not-for-profit organisation mobilising the arts and culture to take action on the climate and ecological crisis. Founder and Director Alison Tickell said: “Culture is, at last, being understood as the life-blood of climate action. We Make Tomorrow will bring together creative climate pioneers who are speaking to truth and inspiring action, showing why every single one of us is needed”.

Sessions include ‘Adaptation and upheavals’, which will explore how cultural organisations can respond, adapt and build resilience to the impact of climate change, and ‘We need one another’, a conversation about leading climate action with care, honesty, and respect.

Nicola Saunders, Director, Business Innovation & Environmental Responsibility at Arts Council England, said: “We’re excited to support an event which puts culture and cultural leadership at the forefront of the climate emergency conversation. It paves the way for the future we can create if we act on our environmental responsibility now.”

The event is taking place at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Tickets are limited to 300 in-person tickets with digital tickets also available for anyone wishing to join online.

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