1001 Fires – growing a network of independent artists and culture workers across the globe

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. 

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1001 Fires, an initiative of artists and culture workers to connect and share work created during lockdown

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 took place on social media on July 25th, 2020.
there were more than 700 responses on Social Media, sharing work created during lockdown.  

We aim to slow-grow a larger global 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. 

If you have questions or ideas, we would love to hear from you!
Reach us at mail@1001fires.org

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How to Join

Every artist or cultural worker can join the 1001 Fires action on July 25, 2020 by presenting fragment(s) of the work they have created during the pandemic and sharing these with us via social media. The hashtag we are unifying under is #1001Fires and you can find and link in with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

We recognise that the pandemic has impacted arts and cultural workers in various ways, with some unable to make work. If this is the case, then we ask that you share your story with us on the day via our social media channels. We want to hear your voice.

What is a fire?

  • A fire is a metaphor for the work of arts and cultural workers and our support and solidarity with and to one another. A fire is you, and me. It is us arts and cultural workers together giving fuel to one another so we can burn brighter and share the warmth with one another.
  • A fire is our work. It is not limited to any arts or cultural discipline, – it is inclusive of all arts and culture. It can be a performance, a song, an installation, pottery, a painting, a poem, a technical/scenographical creation, a dance, or whatever you see fit.
  • A fire can be presented in any language and in whatever way you would like. Our only request is that what is presented does not actively discriminate or cause harm to any person/group of people or animals and respects their human and animal rights.

On the 25 of July, we ask that you share your spark, your flame, your fire.

How to share your fire?

  • On 25 July, 2020, share your fire on one or all of the 1001 Fires social media platforms, like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. If the location where you are does not allow you access to these sites please let us know by emailing mail@1001fires.org and we will endeavor to include a platform that you can access from your location.
  • Leading up to 25 July, we will regularly post fires online, so if you have something to share already, please share on our social media or email it to us at mail@1001fires.org 

What next?

This action on 25 July will kick-start a larger mapping project, resulting in a long-term network of artists and cultural workers from diverse creative backgrounds. This grassroots network will enable artists and cultural workers to share ideas, practice, and training; to connect and to support one another in the making, building and presenting of their work. It will also allow for dialogue and collaboration, geared towards a shift within the structures that shape our praxis as artists and as human beings.

If you are interested in being a part of this grassroots network, please email us on mail@1001fires.org

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Fire Voices

1001 Fires is a network of individuals across genres, disciplines, cultures, and artistic visions. The diversity among us is a great resource and strength, as we complement each other, suspended between tensions that pull together and push apart.

The project means different things to all of us and to read some personal perspectives and also share your own – check out the voices section, coming soon.

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