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A Festival of Art, Climate and Community…

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8 September 2021 to 12 August 2021

MISERY. Sad Girl Summer event. Photo by Ella J Frost

What Shall We Build Here is a festival of art, climate and community at Artsadmin’s Toynbee Studios in Aldgate East, across East London and in your local supermarket. This festival has something for everyone including mini golf for dogs, drag performance, a party on how to survive the end of the world and an audio tour of your local supermarket about the politics of food production, distribution and consumption. What more could you want? Over the five days, the festival will feature outstanding works bye artists Selina Thompson, Aisha Mirza & Aaks B, Kaajal Modi, Ama Josephine Budge, Oozing Gloop, Alicja Rogalksa, the dream(ing) field lab and Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari. 

The festival is part UK-wide cultural programme Season for Change, inspiring urgent and inclusive action on climate change, and showing UK’s climate leadership in the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which is hosted by the UK in November 2021. Season for Change is led by Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle, and supported by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The Season is a platform for underrepresented voices in the climate movement, inspiring new perspectives on the most important issue of our time.

Róise Goan, Artistic Director, Artsadmin says:
"What Shall We Build Here is a celebration of artists whose work playfully and provocatively challenges us to imagine different ways of living that are more just and sustainable for people and our planet.  As we present our first live and in-person festival programme at Toynbee Studios, Artsadmin is proud to present audiences with a range of performances that offer a space for grief, for healing, for pushing back and questioning the status quo, for joy, for new visions."