The COVID-19 crisis has impacted the arts and cultural sector deeply, fundamentally rewriting the parameters of our work 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 have been generously shared throughout the crisis. These have had an immeasurable effect on those watching, yet the stark reality is that these same arts and cultural workers are amongst the worst affected by new regulations. Events and festivals have been cancelled and arts venues are in crisis, with many going into administration or having to cut staff and activities.
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 and independent artists are left wondering what the future will bring.
1001 Fires aims to establish a grassroots network connecting arts and culture workers across disciplines and artistic visions to share ideas, critical dialogue and support. No artists or cultural workers should be left behind, during and after the crisis.
The first 1001 Fires call to action, organised by the Parliament of Practices, will take place on social media on July 25th, 2020. This action will kick-start a larger global mapping, resulting in a grassroots network of artists and cultural workers from diverse areas, who can connect as peers, dialogue and shift the structures that shape our praxis as artists and as human beings.
Our goal is to connect as many artists and cultural workers as possible – we don’t want anyone to be left behind.
Who is coordinating the 1001 Fires?
The 1001 Fires is an initiative of the Parliament of Practices. an interdisciplinary platform for artists and scholars interested in the dialogue in-between practices. The Parliament is also a discursive strategy, an action that breaks through professional boundaries, fragmentation and isolation and creates an ongoing dialogue through devised strategies. It provides the opportunity and space for sharing, exchange and knowledge creation based on personal practices and artistic genealogies.
The core team of 1001 Fires consists of Linda Lyn Cunningham, Adriana La Selva, Jenny Crissey, Emilie Lund and Marije Nie
The Parliament of Practices is supported by Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium, home of Odin Teatret in Holstebro (DK).
Partners and supportive networks and organisations
Cross Pollination Platform (Int)
Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (DK)
Intercultural Roots (UK)
Belangenvereniging Buitentheater (NL)