The launch event for Culture Declares Emergency, with representatives of the group at Tate Modern

Festival of Change to focus on planetary crisis

Simon Stephens, 03.07.2019
Culture Declares Emergency to run event at MA conference
This year's Festival of Change at the Museums Association Conference & Exhibition in Brighton will focus on the planetary crisis and the urgent need to make changes to address this.

The festival will be run by Culture Declares Emergency (CDE), which was set up to encourage organisations and individuals in the sector to publicly declare a climate and ecological emergency and to take action in response. The programme will respond to the theme of the year’s MA conference – Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World.

The full programme will be released soon, but initial ideas include places where delegates can explore and respond to the idea of a climate emergency and a performance in the form of a ‘walking talking display’.

The Festival of Change will also include two mobile museums to engage the public as well as delegates.

One is Chrysalis, a cabinet of ecological curiosities on a bus, co-created with Encounters Arts, that has been developed to respond to the climate and ecological emergency.

The other mobile offer is Climate Museum UK, which aims to support organisations to respond to climate change,and to help communities learn, create and take positive action. This will be at ONCA Gallery during the conference and its founder, Bridget McKenzie, is one of the initiators of CDE. 

There will be no submission process for this year’s Festival of Change. Instead, the whole programme will be developed by CDE. Please contact them on to find out more.

The MA Conference takes place 3-5 October at the Brighton Centre. Early-bird booking closes on 31 July. This year's theme is Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World


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04.07.2019, 13:07
I hope the bus will be solar powered or use renewable energy like tidal, rather than diesel or petrol.