A global community engaged art project in response to Covid-19 and the climate crisis

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The Conference of the Birds is an ancient epic poem by Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar. It tells the story of the assembly of the birds, in a time of existential crisis.

The birds embark on a journey and search for the “Simorgh,” a mythical majestic bird which has been likened to the phoenix. They are led by the wisest bird through seven valleys to find the Simorgh and enlightenment. Each Valley has a challenge and an exploration into who we are and what we can become.

This Conference is a conference of artists and communities gathered as an international collaborative that will create a global network to explore new forms of engagement, creation, performance, and online digital experiences. It is a direct response to the challenges we face when dealing with the impact of Covid19 and the climate crisis on a personal, economic, environmental, political, local, national, and international scale.

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Our brazilians friends brought our conference to a close with 2 panels on the state of affairs in the country that looks after the lungs of the world.

Bodies lie stacked in mass graves and indigenous communities mourn the deaths of their rivers and forests.

How much longer can we tolerate this? How many violations do we allow our own governments to make? How much work is still to be done?

The world needs artists to overcome the blah blah blah.

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Our earth mother, our mother the earth, mother nature, our great mother and giver of life, our mother.

Over and over again we heard her described and shared our connections to her and thanked her for how she sustains us. The artists brought her to life and her voice was heard.

I am hopeful that she has chided her children well enough to have them change their ways. If they dont change, call on her, make them them listen, shelter in her arms and listen to her.

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The Pipe Factory in Glasgow became home to an eclectic programme of visual arts and panel talks during COP26.

We were looking for a home and where better to offer a Glasgow welcome than the people of the Barras, who embraced our art and joined us in our activism.

Our conference of the birds added to its flock and took wing with inspirational works around us.

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Looking back to when @confotbirds got our first @Cop26 contribution to our murmuration.
@emilyldicko thank you for your pledge, thanks for being part of @confotbirds @ifnotuswhocop26 @cop26 @climatefringe @pipe_factory @theatreofopportunity

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A brilliant gathering of the brightest minds from @sheclimate under the beginnings of a murmuration of birds by @confotbirds @ifnotusthenwhocop26 @climatefringe @cop26uk

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