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More than 200 arts organisations join Culture Declares Emergency movement

Culture Declares Emergency. Photo: The Lightscaper
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Complicité, Akram Khan Company, Theatr Clwyd and the Roundhouse are among 200 further arts organisations that have declared a climate emergency and have pledged to a sector-wide approach to tackling environmental issues.

The new declarers – taking the total to more than 400 cultural organisations – are announced on the day of a dedicated assembly at London’s Roundhouse, which will explore how the arts industry can respond to the “truth of the crisis we are in”.

Marcus Davey, the Roundhouse’s artistic director and chief executive, said: “We are proud to house this event and stand alongside Culture Declares and the many other organisations in our sector who are trying to make a change as we must act now.”

Culture Declares Emergency was launched in April. About 200 cultural organisations signed up initially, including the Royal Court, Battersea Arts Centre, Somerset House and Manchester’s Home.

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Now, another 200 have declared their commitment to confronting the climate emergency. The list also includes theatre companies Fuel and Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Warwick Arts Centre.

The Roundhouse event on July 8 explored what culture’s role can be in fighting the climate emergency, and how its organisations can work individually and collectively to shift attitudes and develop networks of support.

Culture Declares Emergency supports Extinction Rebellion, which is also responsible for ongoing demonstrations against arts sponsorship by fossil fuel companies such as BP. These have included a mass protest at the Royal Opera House’s BP-backed open air screenings in Trafalgar Square.

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