SHIFT Festival

A stimulating, provocative and energising climate festival at Southbank Centre inspired by Cape Farewell’s expeditions to the High Arctic and Andes.

In January 2010 Cape Farewell presented SHIFT at London’s Southbank Centre. An awesome 8-day music-led climate festival featuring debate, concerts, site-wide installations and exhibitions.

The festival centrepiece comprised two sensational concerts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, which saw Marcus Brigstocke sharing a stage with Ed Milliband, electric performances from KT Tunstall, Graham Coxon, Robyn Hitchcock, Shlomo, Max Eastley, Liam Frost and others. The shows were headlined by musicians who joined the Cape Farewell 2008 voyage and showcased new music by KT Tunstall and Shlomo.

Cape Farewell works with partners to collectively inspire creative and visionary responses to climate change for the 21st Century. SHIFT was developed in collaboration with partners including: Southbank Centre, Tipping Point, University of the Arts London: Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges, London College of Fashion, Department of Energy and Climate Change, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SE1 United. Cape Farewell is embarking on a long-term partnership with Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges, encouraging a new generation of artists to address the issues of climate change, building it into their thinking and practice.

Tuesday 26 January 2010
Shift Encounters

Sunley Pavilion
Join a panel of architects in discussion about the creative process of engaging with climate change and how to envision and build a sustainable future.

Wednesday 27 January 2010
Shift Encounters

Weston Pavilion
Join climate scientists in discussion about the role of culture and art in helping to communicate the work and findings from the science community.

Thursday 28 January 2010
On-Site Projections

Royal Festival Hall
Projected onto external walls of the Southbank Centre buildings, Cape Farewell presents some of the work made by artists in response to their expeditions to the High Arctic. Video projections include Beth Derbyshire’s Anthem, and David Buckland and Max Eastley’s ARCTIC.

Thursday 28 January 2010
Shift Encounters

Weston Pavilion
Join artists in discussion about the creative process of engaging with climate change and the role of the artist in relation to the most defining issue of our generation.

Friday 29 January 2010
Concert – Marcus Brigstocke with special guests

Queen Elizabeth Hall
Marcus Brigstocke and some very special guests feature in a night of comedy and music uniting against climate change.

Friday 29 January 2010
Max Eastley & Liam Frost

The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Soundscapes meet acoustic guitar in a special edition of Friday Tonic, featuring a double bill of Cape Farewell voyagers Max Eastley and Liam Frost.

Friday 29 – Sunday 31 January 2010
London College of Fashion

Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer
London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion showcases work from its inaugural MA Fashion & the Environment and highlights from Fashioning the Future 2009.

Saturday 30 January 2010
Concert – Robyn Hitchcock presents a Maritime Evening with special guests
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Join Robyn Hitchcock and friends for a night of music celebrating Robyn’s Arctic expedition with Cape Farewell in 2008, featuring special guests including Graham Coxon, KT Tunstall and Kathryn Williams.

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