wAteR-climaTe festival

Timed to coincide with COP26, Cape Farewell, in partnership with Lighthouse, presents the wAteR-climaTe festival
3–10 Nov 2021 | Lighthouse, Poole

Timed to coincide with COP26, Cape Farewell and Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts are collaborating to host a very special climate/arts festival featuring thought-provoking and engaging new artworks, film, spoken word, music, poetry and debate, programmed to illuminate the current science and thinking around the climate emergency.

What’s On

exhibition installation view

RiverRun Exhibition

Wed 3 Nov–Sat 4 Dec
RiverRun exhibition at Lighthouse Poole,
Tues–Sat 10am–9pm, free
writing notebook

Wild Writing Workshop

25/26 Oct + 6 Nov
Call out for writers: Free two-day creative writing workshop with poet Helen Moore
group walk towards the camera


Fri 5 Nov, 8pm
An evening of performance, poetry, music and comedy at Lighthouse, Poole
Rivercide film graphic


Tues 9 Nov, 8pm
Film screening and Q&A with Director Franny Armstrong

Venue and Tickets

Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre For The Arts
21 Kingland Road, Poole
Dorset, BH15 1UG
Box office: 01202 280000
Plan your visit

About the Festival

The centrepiece of the festival is a compelling new gallery exhibition that tells the devastating story of climate change on freshwater habitats in our own backyard. 

The programme continues with live performances that creatively re-imagine the environmental crisis through poetry, music and comedy, a series of internationally acclaimed climate-focused film screenings (with Q&As with the directors), workshops for local writers, and a public arts/science debate with eminent climate scientists and commentators. 

Using creativity to innovate, Cape Farewell engages artists for their ability to evolve and amplify a creative language, communicating on a human scale the urgency of the global climate challenge. Cape Farewell is committed to the notion that artists can engage the public around pressing ecological issues, through creative insight and vision.

“Climate change is no longer the preserve of the Arctic or Amazon: it is here in our own communities, presenting a cultural challenge for which we are all the solution as well as the problem.”

David Buckland, Founder and International Director, Cape Farewell

The wAteR-climaTe festival is presented in partnership with Lighthouse, Poole.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
algae bloom in river


Commissions interrogating the environmental impact of Dorset farming on the rivers and waters of Poole Bay
spot-lit woman performing poetry


A unique take on the climate emergency
large studio building on a lake

The WaterShed

An experimental station for climate-focused residencies and Cape Farewell’s HQ in Dorset

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