Too often we are called to compete against one another for opportunities and resources, but we can no longer afford to do so. Now, more than ever, we must stand in solidarity, across genres, disciplines, cultures and artistic visions. The global cultural sector is in crisis. Institutions – large and small -, groups, collectives, independent artists and cultural workers are left wondering what the future will bring.
This current crisis has impacted the arts and the culture work deeply, fundamentally rewriting the parameters of our crafts and creative relations. Despite that, many of us have adapted quickly and have continued to re-imagine the world through artistic practices (what we call ‘fires’) that were generously shared throughout this crisis during these dark times. These have had an immeasurable effect on those watching, yet the stark reality is that these same arts and culture workers are, and will continue to be, among the worst hit. Many events and festivals have been cancelled and arts venues are in crisis with many going into administration or having to severely cut staff and activities.
1001 Fires is an international, not-for-profit initiative of artists and cultural workers across genres, disciplines, cultures and artistic visions, dedicated to solidarity and support among artists and originating in The Parliament of Practices.
The first 1001 Fires call to action will take place on social media on July 25th, 2020.
And we invite YOU to take part!
This action will kick-start a larger global mapping, resulting in a long-term grassroots network of artists and cultural workers, who can connect as peers, share experiences, practices, and training; to connect and to support one another in the making, building and presenting of their work. The 1001 Fires network enables a platform for critical dialogues geared towards a shift of the structures that shape our praxis as artists and as human beings.